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In comic books and films, the power to freeze things is often quite cool. Think about the anti-hero Felonius Gru wielding his freeze ray in the Despicable Me films, for example.
In life, chefs like Heston Blumenthal have captured the thrill of freezing-things-in-minutes in ice creams made with liquid nitrogen, among other molecular gastronomy experiments.
Now children as young as three years can see first-hand what it’s like to freeze flowers and toys in a really short time, as part of the Usha Indian Science Festival 2.0 organized by Fever Entertainment, a unit of HT Media Ltd, which also publishes Mint. The three-day festival starts today.
What: The second edition of the Usha Indian Science Festival will have 25 science exhibits (for children aged 3 and above), 10 hands-on activity zones (aged 5 and above) and 50 science shows (for children aged 3 and above).
Each activity will take 15-30 minutes.
Why go: The idea of the festival is to teach science concepts in a practical and fun way. So, among the activities are Stomp Rocketry—where children below 8 will launch paper rockets with compressed air by jumping on plastic bottles—and making dry-ice tornadoes and baking-soda volcanoes.
The activities are also designed keeping in mind the age of the participants. So while children below 8 will only have to jump to launch their rocket, the older children will use compressed air and water to help their rockets scale greater heights in an activity called Hydro Rockets.
Among the new events this year is an augmented reality zone, for children aged 5 and above, where participants will see dolphins and dinosaurs jump off the pages of a book with the help of an app (they will receive a flip book of photographs capturing their reactions at the end).
There will also be a makeshift planetarium at the venue, where participants can see and hear the story of how the Dhruv tara (Pole Star) got its name.
Another activity that technophile children will find interesting is a mobile gaming event, where they will have to follow logical steps to complete a game design.
Who: Fever Entertainment organizes annual events like Youth Nexus, for college goers, and Fever Tree of Wishes, around Christmas.
For the science festival, it is partnering with science workshop designers like Space India, Z Life Education, Primary Plus and KidsLove2Code.
Where: The festival will be organized across two indoor auditoriums at the Thyagraj Stadium, spread over around 40,000 sq. ft. There will be separate zones for the exhibits and hands-on activities, and enclosures for the augmented-reality demonstration and the planetarium.
The Usha Indian Science Festival 2.0 is on from 18-20 September, 2-7pm/10am-7pm (Sunday), at the Thyagraj Stadium, behind INA Market. Tickets, Rs.500 for children, Rs.300 for accompanying adults, and an additional Rs.300 for the hands-on zone, available on in.bookmyshow.com and www.mycity4kids.com