Do you think science is boring? Not at all, was the unanimous response from the group of 8- to 12-year-olds huddled together in a shamiana set up on the lawns of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj museum on Tuesday.
The young ones had just attended an event titled ‘Science is everywhere’, organised as part of the Pepe Jeans kids section powered by Spaces, as part of the HT Kala Ghoda Arts Festival. The workshop was presented by the Italian Embassy Cultural Centre.
From ‘using logic’ to untangle themselves from ropes to watching how cotton is dyed and learning how to making cold water boil in a glass jar, the children watched with rapt attention as Emanuele Bargelli, an Italian science enthusiast, explained the science behind everything phenomena around them.
The kids were in their element. Girgaum’s Nachiket Shah, 8, was quick with the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’; his friend Tanush Gandhi, 8, said he loved the session because it was a fun way to learn. “We saw how dye catches on to cotton. Now I can tell my friends that I know why my t-shirt is red,” he added.
Meanwhile, the parents were surprised to see the kids so engaged. Nisha Khot, 41, from Mahim said her 8-year-old daughter Czaee came to the festival because she likes craft and pottery but ended up registering for the science workshop and loved it! “I guess the fact that they used such everyday items and relatable situations to explain the presence of science really kept them hooked on, “ she added, smiling.