Delhi Public School, Sec.-45, Gurugram|
Topic- Activities for the month of February
Basant Panchami is a festival that highlights the onset of spring season. The students of Junior Wing were up in celebrations, seeking divine blessing, on the occasion of the auspicious Basant Panchami. Students were enlightened with the story of Basant Panchami and how Goddess Saraswati bestowed on earth her blessing of voice, music, speech and knowledge. Learning about the significance and the rituals involved with this festival helped all to stay connected with our culture. Students made badges symbolic to the festival. They indulged into the tasty platter of yellow food too. A special assembly on Basant Panchami was presented by Jamuna house to invoke blessings of Goddess Saraswati, the deity of learning and creativity. Assembly began with a graceful Saraswati Vandana. The students enlightened the audience about how Basant Panchami is celebrated in various states of India through an engrossing skit. The assembly drew to a close with a ‘Devi Vandana’ dance.
NATIONAL SCIENCE DAY
Students of DPS Gurgaon eagerly await Seek-EkKhoj, the Science Fest of Middle School, a platform to translate ideas into reality and give wings to dreams of budding scientists. Ms.AditiMisra, Principal, DPS Gurgaon, declared the fest open by unravelling a maze in our body. A brainchild of Pulse, the Biology Club, and this maze depicted the various levels of organisation of the human body. Other activities like ‘walk in cell’, study of the type of leaf introduced an element of fun in the study of biology. Parents and students enjoyed the execution of Rube Goldberg Machine designed by Red Shift, the Physics Club. The machine is a device that is deliberately over-engineered to perform a simple task in a complicated fashion, generally including a chain reaction. Allotropes, the Chemistry Club cast its spell by various tricks that made use of chemical changes. The magical contact explosive, fortune teller jar, bleeding lemon left many astounded. ‘Periodically’ introduced learners to the periodic table and highlighted the uses of elements in daily life. Innovation always gets applauded and this year, the icing on the cake was movie making where children from different sections made movies based on science in everyday life. These movies were made under the guidance of the teachers of ICT department and shown in the auditorium. Ideas of eager students nurtured by enthusiastic mentors and shaped by the inspiration and encouragement of the teachers found a final shape in the various projects put on display. Confident explanations and interesting activities left the parents, judges and visitors spellbound. Concepts like working of dams,burglar alarm, water purifiers, optical illusion, surface tension were presented through exhibits and working models. The projects were judged by a distinguished panel of judges. According to Marcel Proust - The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Seek EkKhoj is a step in that direction.
VISIT TO NATIONAL SCIENCE CENTRE
An educational trip was organized by the school to the National Science Centre; Delhi for the students of class VIII .The visit proved to be a great way to arouse curiosity in the minds of school students and was a thrilling and motivating experience.
The Science Centre provided a whole world of wonder and amazement with 137 interactive ‘hands-on’ exhibits. The students were excited to observe certain exhibits which had similarity to their science projects during the science fest- Seek: Ek Khoj. Wrestling the gorilla arm, virtual makeup, find the direction of sound, walking through the mirror maze, infinity well, animated dinosaurs, resvponding to electric shock, lifting a lid against an electromagnet and many others caught the attention of students instantly and they thoroughly enjoyed being part of these fun filled activities
Students of classes VII and VIII brought laurels to the school by winning Best Film with Best Direction for ‘The Flight of The Crow’ and Best Original Story for the film ‘Kaan Mailia’ in the Filmit competition by INTACH. These films were selected from more than 200 entries in the NCR of which 10 were screened. The guest of honor for the event was Dr. Nila Madhav Panda, an acclaimed film maker. He appreciated the efforts of the students to showcase the heritage of India. Bhavini Pahuja and Bhavya Manchanda of class VII were also awarded second prize and special mention prize for ‘Dilli Ki Shaan’ competition at National Level. They made documentation cards on natural and built heritage of Delhi and supported it with an illustration.