Innovation Hub, Mirror Gallery at Science Centre to enthral kids

Bhubaneswar: If everything goes well, the Regional Science Centre (RSC) here will have an ultramodern Innovation Hub and a Mirror Gallery by December this year.

The construction of the Rs 2-crore Innovation Hub, proposed in 2015, has reached its final stage while the Mirror Gallery work is nearing completion, sources at the RSC said.

The RSC will organise a number of events and projects at the new facilities for students to spur their interest in science and technology.

Schoolchildren who want to participate in the events need to enrol themselves and subscribe to membership at the centre. They also need to deposit a prescribed amount with the centre for use of facilities.

Apart from physics, chemistry and biology, students can prepare projects related to robotics as well. Mentors, appointed by the centre, would assist students in their projects, sources said.
“In order to harness the scientific acumen of the students and equip them with technological knowhow, a two-day training session will be organised every week,” RSC project coordinator Archana Khosla told the media.

Mirror Gallery will help sharpen the students’ knowledge in physics. With the Mirror Gallery, the total number of galleries at the centre has reached four. Built at a cost of Rs 10 lakh, the Mirror Gallery would leave the visitors jaw-dropped. Among its attractions, Bhul Bhulaiya will be the crowd puller.

“Students will find themselves everywhere after entering a glass room here. Fun Mirror, Mirror Reflection, Infinite Train among other items will definitely give a joyride to the visitors,” the project coordinator said, adding they have left no stone unturned to complete the construction by November end. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is expected to open the new facilities.

A 3D show, which was launched at the centre a fortnight ago, has become a key attraction among the city dwellers. Apart from learning the fine points about 3D technology with physical examples, students visiting the centre enjoy a 20-minute 3D movie, being featured in six shows daily.

The entrance ticket is reasonably priced. While students from private schools need to pay Rs 15 each, those from government and municipal schools would have to Rs 10 each. Other visitors have to pay Rs 25 each. The ticket cost includes the 3D show.

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