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As part of Phase 6 of project Climate EduXchange, exposure trips were organized for students and teachers in all project locations to provide a wider outreach and to have an experience of “seeing & believing”. In this phase, the idea behind the exposure trip was to let the students know the issues that revolve around the issue – ‘climate change’ and the solutions therein.

Local Field Trips

 

Local field trips were conducted in the following cities:

Delhi

Field trip to National Institute of Solar Energy, Gurgaon:
The visit to National Institute of Solar Energy at Gual Pahari was organized on 26 April 2015. 75 students and seven teachers from Climate EduXchange project schools were a part of this exposure visit. The exposure visit focused on presenting different forms of solar energy and their usage in various devices. Before the field visit, a one to one discussion with scientists was conducted where students inquired about how solar energy is transformed into different forms of energy, why it is so expensive, and how solar energy can be used at home. The students also inquired about the drawbacks of using renewable resources. For instance, they wanted to know how do solar appliances work in cloudy weather and whether they can store energy inside them or not? The scientists in charge of the discussion very patiently answered all their questions and cleared their doubts about taping solar energy.

During the course of the field visit, the students were taken out for an onsite demonstration of taping solar energy. They were shown solar cells and panels. They also met engineers on the field who sit under the sun all day long just to monitor the entire process. The exposure visit encouraged students to choose solar power solutions for power requirements at home and in schools.

Bangalore

Field trip to Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Rural Energy and Development, Bangalore:
The exposure visit was conducted on 22 January 2015 where the students visited the Energy Park at the institute. During the course of the visit, they were shown around different techniques and application which are used to harness renewable energy. Researchers and scientists from the institute took the students around the campus and explained the usage, benefits and limitations of the scientific equipment which was placed at the Institute. This exposure trip was organized for students and teachers in all project locations to have a wider outreach and to have an experience of "seeing & believing". The idea behind the exposure trip was to let the students know the issues that revolve around the issue - 'climate change' and the solutions therein.

Chennai

Field trip to Exnora Green, Pammal:
Students from all project schools in Chennai visited the Exnora Green waste management campus. During the visit, the students and teachers were familiarized with methods of solid waste management and the issues related to waste management in urban cities. The staff of the complex explained how in 1994, Ms Mangalam Balasubramanian and a group of women (all residents of Pammal Municipality) formed a mahalir mandram (women's association) to address the challenge of waste management in Pammal. At that time, Pammal's residents commonly deposited their trash on the streets. The municipality's garbage collection trucks cleared waste irregularly. Garbage would accumulate in roadside drains, so during heavy rain water stagnated on the roads, creating very unhygienic conditions. They informed the students that this is how the organization came into being to respond to unending issues of waste management. During the visit, the students also got a chance to explore the campus and learn about the concept of solid waste management.