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Science Express: A School on Wheels is Coming to a Railway Station Near You

India has a train dedicated to teaching about climate change. | By NGT Staff  
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One of the best things about the Science Express is that it makes learning fun. Photo courtesy VASCSC (Ahmedabad)

The Science Express isn’t like any other train in the world.  Rolling into stations around India since 2007, the Science Express is essentially a science exhibition on a railway track. Compartments are transformed into mobile exhibition centres and laboratories, as the train chugs across India, introducing visitors—with a special focus on students—to various concepts and ideas based on a particular theme. This year’s Science Express, dedicated to climate change, began its seven-month journey on Fri February 17, 2017 in Delhi. It will cover 19,000km in 68 stations across the country before halting in Gandhinagar, Gujarat on Fri September 8, 2017.

The pop-coloured interiors of the train’s 16 compartments are lined with exhibits and photographs created by the Department of Science & Technology, the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change and Department of Biotechnology. This year, primary school students can play with puzzles and games that are based on concepts in maths, science, and environmental studies. Visitors can browse through displays on climate change and animal adaptation, as well as international treaties on battling global warming. Older students can test experiments in the onboard laboratory. Some of the learning is put into practice on the train itself—solar panels are installed on the roofs of three coaches to reduce energy consumption.

The entire train is managed by Ahmedabad’s Vikram A Sarabhai Community Science Centre, which will have a team to guide students through the exhibitions, and conduct activities onboard and on the platform.

Colourful exhibits and models break down the complexities of global warming for students. Photo courtesy VASCSC (Ahmedabad)

The Guide

When: Fri February 17-Fri September 8, 2017

Where: At 68 railways stations across India. Click here to see when the Science Express will be near you.

Entry: Free

Timings:10 a.m. to 5p.m.



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