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Science Express to reach city on March 18 Mar 16

“The Science Express”, mounted on a specially designed train will reach the city railway station on March 18.

The train will be at the station till March 20. The 16-coach train has been launched by the department of science and technology, the German Ministry of Higher Education and Research, and Max Planck Society.

The aim is to nurture curiosity among the youth and rekindle their waning interest in science.

The Science Express started on October 2 from Gandhinagar in Gujarat will travel over 56 locations, covering a distance of about 18,000 km in seven months.

The exhibition, with more than 300 large-format visual images, over 150 video clips and multi-media exhibits, deals with cutting-edge research and technology. In the first two phases of the project, the train successfully covered 108 stations.

According to a press release, in the 12 exhibition coaches, most of exhibits have been developed in Germany, while some are indigenous. Through these, the visitors explore wide areas in science in a fascinating manner, the release added.

There is a dedicated coach on “Climate Change - cause, effect and mitigation”, sponsored by HSBC as an initiative of the “Earth Sciences Forum”.

Exhibits on “Energy Conservation” and poster on “Nutrition” are the new attractions in the third phase.

Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, has entrusted Vikram A Sarabhai Community Science Centre (VASCSC), Ahmedabad, for co-ordinating the “Science Express” across India.

Though the exhibition is open to all, it primarily targets high school and college students. It attempts to develop scientific temper among them and encourage them to pursue careers in science.