Three Guinness records set at India International
Kolkata, November 8, 2019: Three Guinness world
records were set during the course of the fifth edition of the India
International Science Festival (IISF), which ended here on Friday.
The first record was set on the opening day of the
four-day mega programme when 1,598 school students attended a class on astrophysics
and assembled working models of spectroscopes by using nothing but discarded
CDs and ordinary cardboard boxes.
Astronomers use spectroscopes to study temperatures,
chemical composition and other aspects of celestial objects at distances of hundreds
or millions of light years. The models assembled by the students could also
produce solar spectrum. While the cardboard boxes helped to channelize sun
light into their apparatus through a narrow window, CDs helped split the light
rays by the process of diffraction. The event was dedicated to renowned scientists
Meghnad Saha and Sir C. V. Raman.
The second record was set yesterday when 268 students successfully assembled radio kits from
scratch successfully. In all 490 students participated, 280 kits were evaluated
and 268 were found to be assembled properly. The feat was accomplished in two
hours. It was dedicated to eminent scientist, Jagadish Chandra Bose.
The third record was set today when a group of 415
school students came together to form the largest ever human image of a
chromosome. In the nucleus of every cell, the DNA molecule is packaged
into chromosomes, which are thread-like structures. Each chromosome is made up
of DNA tightly coiled many times around proteins called histones that support
its structure. The event was designed to inculcate the spirit of discovery in
young minds to start their own explorations in the world of science and technology.
The festival was jointly organised by science and technology-related
Ministries and Departments of the Government of India and Vijnana Bharati.
The festival is an annual programme to celebrate the
India’s scientific and technological advancements with students, innovators,
craftsmen, farmers, scientists and technocrats from India and abroad. The theme for this year’s festival is `RISEN India – Research,
Innovation, and Science Empowering the Nation”.
The programme, among
other things, featured science film festival,
science literature festival, a women scientists and entrepreneurs
conclave, agricultural scientists’ meet, health research conclave, industry-academia
conclave, national science teachers’ congress, and a national start-up
conclave. Vigyan Prasar, an autonomous organisation of the Department of
Science and Technology, was the nodal agency to coordinate IISF 2019.
By Sunderarajan Padmanabhan
(India Science Wire)
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