Science Express – the exhibition on wheels – a unique science exhibition mounted on a 16-coach AC train designed on the ‘climate change’ theme arrived at Koraput on February 8 and will be stationed here till 10th February; thereafter, it will be stationed in Visakhapatnam between February 11 to 13. The exhibition train is running as ‘Science Express – Climate Action Special (SECAS)’ from October 15, 2015. It is a unique collaborative initiative of the Department of Science & Technology, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (Mo EFCC) and the Ministry of Railways. The objective of the exhibition is to create awareness among various sections of society, especially students, as to how Climate Change can be combated through mitigation and adaptation.
Govindalaya, a Nabarangpur based Public Trust has partnered with this venture and has been providing volunteer and interpretation in local language services to Science Express – Climate Action Special (SECAS) at Koraput and Visakhapatnam. Each coach of the train has one volunteer from Govindalaya helping visitors particularly children understanding the exhibition. Thousands of visitors have been visiting this unique exhibition. Govindalaya has also organised outreach programmes for SECAS teams at different schools of Nabarangpur. Thousands of school students gathered at different schools are benefiting from Science programmes like ‘Fun-filled Science’ and ‘Hands-on Science’ organised by this organisation. Such programmes are conducted in Nabarangpur district for the first time and are being seen as a unique initiative by Govindalaya. People from different walks of life, district administration and education department is highly appreciative about such programme. Govindalaya’s programme advisor Shri. Abani Kumar Tripathy said the organisation would arrange similar and more interesting and educative programmes periodically throughout the year. Recently on 30.1.2016 Govindalaya had organised a programme to inculcate reading habit in children. The programme was attended by around 500 children from different schools.