CUBE team visited Kanpur for the workshop, members from Jaipuria school, Allen House Public School, and Huddard High School paticipated in the workshop.
The activities on model systems such as Fruit fly, Butterflies, Earthworm, Snails, etc were started one month before the visit itself through constant communication through instant messaging groups on social media.
The workshop involved around 300 students and teachers from each school respectively.
Following studies were introduced in each model system,
1) Butterfly collection, naming, coining local names
identfying egg laying & nectar plant
2) Earthworms culturing and performing rapid escape response experiment to introduce area of regeneration
3) Mosquito identifying aedes vs non aedes & preparing ovitraps, aspects of health & disease
4) Snails collection & checking its olfactory senses, introduction to aspects of learning & memory
5) Fruit fly collecting native fruit flies, introduction to aspects of activity rhythm(circadian rhythm), introducing their identification
6) Moina culturing, introduction to red moina, aspects of gene regulation
7) Biodiversity at Doorstep: Introduction to microbes, understanding and performing microscopy
8) Medicinal plant: identification of herbal plants, its effects on human beings & model organisms
9) Hydra: Introduction to culturing, making aquarium tanks with hydra, & introduction to aspects of regeneration
Students involved through instant messaging groups played a role of mentors for fresh students in each group.
At the end of hands-on session, causerie session was conducted where each group presented their work and what they learnt, and engaged with audience in question-answer sessions.
CUBE mentors from Kanpur were awarded DD Kosambi Young Scientist award, while teachers were awarded DD Kosambi Teacher-Mentor award.
The workshop was covered by news papers such as Dainik Jagran, which highlighted that Science should be played like Cricket, essentially in every street, which essentially means it should be simplified enough without affecting its complexity, that it becomes accessible and doable to every student, teacher & citizens across country.