City as Lab.. Presentation day!

Have you had a chance to work on a research project before? How old were you when you did your first research project?

Can you believe that our 8th standard girls (aged 12-14) have done extensive research on projects such as The Effect of Mithi River Water on Plant Growth, Measuring the Amount of Particulate Pollution in Mumbai, Diabetes Awareness,Biodiversity, and Acid Rain?

Yes, our students did all of this! And the medium was City as Lab – an annual research conference for middle and high school students with a focus on the city they live in. One of the research papers submitted by Avasara students was selected as one of the top 10 presentations across Mumbai.

The venue for the City as Lab presentation ceremony was the Prince of Wales museum, Fort. Some of our students were travelling for the first time by train, for most of them it was all new experience to travel by public transport without their parents around.

Students on their way to CST
Students on their way to CST in train
Jigisha, Riya, Pragati, Manali and Jyoti to adjust to the 4th seat-culture of Mumbai local trains
Jigisha, Riya, Pragati, Manali and Jyoti to adjust to the 4th seat-culture of Mumbai local trains
Girls got excited to see a a library as big as this
Girls got excited to see a a library as big as this

The presentation day was occupied with experiments, research presentations and a tour of the museum. Students got a wonderful opportunity to do experiments under the supervision of scientists from TIFR.

Ekra observing corn flour experiment
Ekra observing corn flour experiment
Aarti to perform candle experiment
Aarti about to perform a candle experiment

Some delicious food is all you need after a 3 km walk and a series of experiments. Students were provided with snacks and lunch on the presentation day. Girls enjoyed having food with each other in the beautiful grounds of the museum.

Avasara girls to enjoy delicious lunch
Avasara girls to enjoy a delicious lunch

A research paper on the effect of polluted water on the growth and development of mustard plants was one of the top 10 presentations in the conference. Our students, Manisha and Ayesha who worked hard on this paper got an opportunity to present it in front of panelists.

Ayesha and Manisha to present their research paper
Ayesha and Manisha to present their research paper

City as Lab all together was an experience full of learning. We hope research conferences like these keep on motivating the young researchers over and over again.

Celebration at the gateway of India
At the gateway of India

Noopura Pathare

Education plays an indivisible role in our lives. It grows us, develops us and transforms us into a better human being. Though the quality of education each individual gets should not vary significantly. After all, quality education should be a right and not a privilege. I find myself fortunate enough to get an opportunity of working with with Avasara Leadership Fellows. It is an NGO inspired to develop leadership potential of India's brightest young women. This blog is to share my experiences in education (most of which are experiments in education) which make me grow as a teacher.

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