First lecture in the Vigyan Jyoti Lecture Series on the virtual platform
CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory (CSIR-NCL), Pune, organised a virtual event on 25 May 2021, under Jigyasa Programme’s Vigyan Jyoti Lecture Series. The programme introduced by the Department of Science and Technology, Govt of India, aims to encourage girl students to take interest in science and pursue careers in STEM subjects. Prof. Y.K. Vijay, Director of the Center for Innovation in Science Teaching (CIST) at the IIS University, Jaipur, gave a lecture on ‘The effect of Force: Equilibrium and Motion.’ Dr B.L.V. Prasad, Chair of Physical and Materials Chemistry Division, CSIR-NCL, delivered the opening remarks.
Prof. Y.K. Vijay delivered a demonstrative lecture by giving the attendees a tour of the Innovation Hub in his Lab. He showed a complete set-up of different experiments and explained certain scientific and physical phenomena. This virtual tour was elaborative, through which he described the working and functions of specific interesting innovations and apparatus. Some of the eye-catching innovations in his lab included an airplane that flew in circular motion based on the principle of centrifugal force. And a pulley built in such a way that it could allow even children to lift heavy weights with ease.
After the lab tour, Prof. Vijay gave a detailed presentation on ‘The effect of force: Equilibrium and Motion’ with virtual demonstration. With an introduction to basic fundamental forces, he gradually moved to experiments. He demonstrated a magnetic oscillator experiment to explain the Magnetic Newton’s Cradle. He also presented an experiment based on Atomic Configurations and how it is related to force and equilibrium.
In another part of this lecture, he explained different forms of fundamental energies through practical demonstrations. The ‘Linear Airtrack Dynamic’ that he demonstrated towards the end of the event caught many students’ eyes since it staged an interesting movement caused due to magnetic force. He also explained the Bohr orbital and coupled oscillator concept through the working model of the Raman Effect.
Prof. Vijay took questions from some of the students and offered them an opportunity to register their queries through email or call and invited them to visit his Innovation Laboratory.
Earlier, Dr Wafia Masih, Coordinator of the programme, informed about the purpose and importance of the Vigyan Jyoti programme and some of the activities for the upcoming programmes under the Vigyan Jyoti Scheme.
Dr B.L.V. Prasad embarked upon the importance of scientific temperament among young students while delivering the opening remarks. He also praised the efforts of the Jigyasa initiative in promoting scientific temperament through various events. He explained the importance of being curious about things and approaching science with a practical based attitude. Dr Prasad gave an example of the great scientist Michael Faraday and said that Faraday could become great only because of his curiosity.
The event was attended by more than 250 students, teachers and principals from different Navodaya Vidyalayas across Maharashtra. It received a positive and enthusiastic response from the students, who also showed immense interest in getting an opportunity to visit Prof. Vijay’s Innovation Lab at Jaipur. The virtual event was wrapped up with a vote of thanks by Dr Wafia.