In the process of imparting knowledge to students and awakening interest for science in them, on 22nd July 2017, the members of Manipal OSA Student chapter arrived at Manchi School, Udupi as a part of an OSA outreach program. While the younger kids filled the day with nostalgia, the older ones showcased the right amount of enthusiasm that education requires.
The students of grade 9 were shown a number of experiments related to optics, photonics and science on the whole. For the convenience of the students, Sourav Patagi, Greeshma and Shreya Gudi, the fluent speakers of the local language, demonstrated and explained the experiments along with Aarti Ramachandran. They started with brushing up the basics of the students regarding properties of light, opaque, transparent and translucent objects, convex and concave lenses and mirrors. As the curiosity in the room built up, they demonstrated the 3D image formation using a hologram, change in emitted wavelength of light in certain solvents due to fluorescence, refraction of light through a glass slab and scattering of light through prism. While physics was able to make room in the aspiring blooms of science, chemistry was still a dislike. This dislike was reciprocated as soon as they saw the blue Elephant toothpaste oozing out of the flask as the mixture of hydrogen peroxide, soap and food colouring reacted with potassium iodide.
On the whole, the outreach was a grand success as we were able to decipher the fictional complexity of science and intrigue a blend of fascination and curiosity in the students. Where the secondary school students got a platform to learn, we, the undergraduates grew on experience.