The students of Pamela Martinez/Pathway Agro Farm and Matriculation school have been demonstrating great interest in science as well as in the environment. This focus has been designed to stimulate the minds of the children with varied scientific exposure that would give them insights and also create a fun-filled activity that serves as recreation. Their love for plants and greenery is well known, and each child has had the opportunity to learn about and to tend plants at the Agro Farm. This has taught vital aspects of nature, such as the growth of plants and trees and what they can produce. Many of the children at the school have shown great interest in science. This prompted establishing a Science and Environment Club.
The need for unique experiences for children that are both educational and recreational has been felt for quite some time. The children at the Pamela Martinez/Pathway Matriculation School were introduced to yet another novel project consisting of visiting places of interest where they would witness technology and science in action as well as spend time in a joyful manner. The children selected for this programme were drawn from across various standards of the school. The criteria of selection was clearly announced by the vice principal Annaduri during the morning assembly. The criteria included simple things, such as all around positive performance by the children, willingness to be obedient, and discipline in their everyday lives.
This club was formally inaugurated by the founder-director of Pathway, A D S N Prasad. He urged upon the children to keep their eyes and ears open at all times so that they would have an opportunity to learn about everything around them as well as principles of science. He desired the children to have an attitude of enquiry so that their minds can actively analyze scientific material.
For the first project of the club twenty-two children, both boys and girls, from 6th to 10th grade were selected. They were briefed by Dhanasekaran, science teacher, and Annadurai, principal, who accompanied them on a visit to the large water pumping and conservation project of the government of Tamil Nadu at Maduranthakam Lake. This is one of the oldest bodies of water in the area, which serves many towns and villages with water used both for irrigation and drinking. The science teacher described the history of the project which went back to British India. He described how the water pumping station was installed. The children were taken for a tour of various irrigational facilities and shown giant-sized pumps and motors, large storage tanks, and mixing bins that are installed to supply the potable water. They were shown how chlorine was added to the water as a disinfectant. All the children were encouraged to draw pictures of the equipment seen at the unit and also to write about what they witnessed. The children were also shown various fauna and flora that were present in the water, including giant tortoises and fishes.
This visit gave great insight to the children regarding the working of water pumps and the process of supplying water to towns and villages as well as the treatment of water. The project stimulated the children’s understanding and thinking about the working of various similar equipment that is used in everyday life. By the end of the day the children felt this had been a very worthwhile experience that was both informative and entertaining, as they enjoyed the visit as a picnic of sorts.