COIMBATORE: Come May, and the city will have its first science park. Built on a cost-sharing basis between the state government and the Centre on a 6.71-acre property, the project which is the first-of-its-kind in Western Tamil Nadu is expected to cost around Rs 8.5 crore. The park will be built near Codissia trade fair complex on Avinashi Road.

The park will be managed by the National Council of Science Museum and Tamil Nadu Science and Technology Centre.

Speaking to TOI, executive director of Tamil Nadu Science and Technology Centre, P Iyamperumal said a textile gallery has been planned in the park to educate children on textile technology.

The 5,000 sq ft textile gallery will have exhibits relating to the textile industry’s evolution from the conventional models to the modern technology.

Also, the forest department will plant various saplings in the park to provide it a green cover. More than 200 varieties of saplings have already been planted.

Besides swings for the children the park also includes, a giant size globe set up using anamorphic drawing to help children see the image of Sir CV Raman from a distance; and a 5,000 sq ft fun science gallery to impart knowledge on basic science.

The gallery will also comprise of construction models of everyday items like TVs, fridges and air conditioners to enable children learn the theories behind their functioning.

Also, a 3D theatre with a capacity of 70 people has been planned at the park to help children learn through the infotainment module.

The children will be taught on cloning and stem cell using polaroid glass. The theatre will also be used for conducting lectures.

The regional science park has been designed in a way to make children learn through participation.

Courtesy: Times of India

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