Name of Activity: Visit to Science Park, Chinchwad
Name of Faculty Coordinator: Prof. Prashant Hambar
Type of Activity: Extra-curricular
Date of activity: 12 August 2023
Time: 10.00am to 3.00pm
Pimpri Chinchwad Science Park (PCSP) is a unique, non-formal science learning centre in the industrial twin-township of Pimpri Chinchwad. Pimpri Chinchwad Science Park is shared equally by Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) and the Government of India.
A visit to this park was planned on 12th August 2023. Accordingly near about 65 students and faculties visited the science park.
The corporation also provided approximately 7 acres of land for setting up the project, and the Science Park was developed under joint auspices of the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) and Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation. Pimpri Chinchwad Science Park was developed in an attempt to initiate well-coordinated science communication and popularisation activities in the region. The Centre has a built-up area of approximately 4000 sq. m., housing three permanent galleries, a temporary exhibition hall, an inflatable-dome planetarium, a science demonstration area, an activity corner, an auditorium, a 3D science show facility, a library cum conference hall, and a workshop for maintenance and development of exhibits.
All the students and staff boarded the bus at 9:15 and the journey to the park started. We all reached the park at about 9:50am.
When we reached a staff from the science park introduced us the information and do’s and don’ts when we explore the park. She informed us about the entry fees. It was 110/- per head. This included the 3D show and the Tarangan-Planetorium show.
Tickets were bought and all were to ready explore the park. First we Planetarium show in the Tarangan. It was just like movie theatre but of dome shaped. In that they showed us all the information and geography of the planets and new emerging planets and their moons. The Astronomy concepts were presented in a unique and interactive way. The show lasted for about 20mins. It really took us to the journey of our universe and Milky Way. Photographs were allowed in this section.
Next we saw a 3D science show. It was a quite amazing experience. In this theatre, Polaroid based stereo projection created three dimensional effect. The show gave an immersive experience with help of special Polaroid spectacles. The 3D show was for about 15min.
Then we all moved towards the science centre. The science centre had four galleries on different subjects.
Automobiles: It comprised of interesting exhibits in the form of interactive, kiosks, cut section models providing opportunities to peep into automobiles, 3D dioramas and exhibits explaining how automobile stuffs like spark plug, injector, silencers, wipers etc. work. Opportunity for virtual driving, testing your skills normally used in driving and activities on making of an automobile will certainly enthuse visitors.
Energy: In this exposition various forms of energy, their production and practical applications, environmental issues, world energy reserves and future sources of energy are explained through various interactive exhibits, working models and multimedia presentation with added components in them.
Fun science: The Fun Science Gallery was full of opportunities for visitors to interact, explore and experience various aspects of science in highly entertaining ambience. Most of the exhibit here were participatory which provided hands-on and minds-on experience to visitors and helped to clear basic concepts of Science.
Climate change: The temporary exhibition on Climate Change explained the natural volcanic eruptions, Earths tilt, continental drift and manmade causes like greenhouse effect, deforestation, suggesting climate change and its consequences on land, air, ice, ocean and inhabitants of Earth. We all learned about difference between weather and factors affecting climate, interaction between components of climate system etc.