MAEER’s MIT Vishwashanti Gurukul School (Kothrud and Loni Kalbhor) arranged a Campus Visit to IISER (Indian Institute of Science Education and Research) Pune on 1st of November 2023, for the Grade XI (Science) students. IISER Pune is one of the seven Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research.

This is one of the first centres of IISER to be established with IISER Kolkata. A team of students from the campus began the session with a brief introduction to Data Science, laying emphasis on how learning science can be fun. The team also staged demonstrations to enhance conceptual understanding of topics previously learned by the students. In a brief interaction with the team, the students got their doubts regarding various science-related career options clarified.

The faculty of the IISER Pune Science Activity Centre presented a series of engaging demonstrations related to pressure, waveforms, harmonics, and mechanics that captivated the students. Every demonstration, illustrated in simple yet wonderful ways in which scientific concepts can be visualised and implemented. They provided enriching insights into fundamental concepts which the students had only read in textbooks so far. The students participated in the ‘Real Time Graph’ activity with enthusiasm. They also tried to mimic the latest success of ISRO, the launch of Chandrayaan 3, using the real time graph activity. Thereafter, the students were taken for a guided campus tour, consisting of the main building and the Physics, Chemistry and Biology research laboratories. Detailed information about on-campus extracurricular activities and events was given.

The inspiring atmosphere of the campus, state-of-the-art equipment, and myriad opportunities for research in different fields of basic sciences opened new vistas of exciting careers for the students. The objective of the visit was to make the students realise that the facts and theories given in the textbooks are easily available around them, they just need to develop the scientific approach and observe minutely the day-to-day life examples and relate to them.

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