School trips have always been a welcome escape from routine, particularly when they involve genius scientists and long bus rides. 12 September 2012 promised to be a fun-filled and exciting day as the Class 9 Hindi batch journeyed to C V Raman Research Institute (R.R.I.)
We got started with a brief insight into the Institute's research and activities. The first session was an interactive Q & A on Astronomy and Astrophysics with Dr. K.S. Dwarkanath, a faculty member. The day continued as we further delved into the world of Soft Condensed Matter and understood the mechanics of an LCD TV with Dr. V A Raghunathan. After this, we had an entertaining interval and captured memories of our trip on cameras while indulging in cookies and juice.
Just as we thought the day could not get any better, we were led to the Institute's museum where the curator summarised Raman's life and achievements. The museum's displays included a collection of rocks, gems and varieties of quartz which Raman had collected from all over the world. We were shown an Ultraviolet Spectroscopy which made the colour contours of the rocks visible. Priceless!!
It was all too soon when our teachers called out, "To the bus!" All in all, we were awed with what the Institute had to offer and felt a growing respect for the great man himself, Sir C V Raman.
We learnt that curiosity and determination are the keys to making your mark in this world. We will remain indebted to Mr. S.R. Ramasubramaniyan for making a Hindi lesson come alive in such a meaningful way for us.
"... and that is how plasma televisions work."
We all sat in the auditorium of the Raman Research Institute, hanging on to every word coming out of the Professors mouth. The trip to this institute was an extraordinary one, not only because of all that we learnt, but also because of the inspiration that we got from all the people that we met. I enjoyed every minute of the presentations on astrophysics, optics and liquid crystals and was pleasantly surprised to see a whole new side to the science that we study at school. The tour through the museum was extremely fascinating and geology had never seemed so exciting!
All in all, it was a tremendous learning experience and I relished every second!
Pulkit Singh 10A