Kaas Plateau Trip
Kaas Pathar is a plateau of flowers located about 30 km away from Satara. This site also known as the Valley of Flowers in Maharashtra was recently declared a world heritage site due to the excellent biodiversity present there.
Recently, Lodha World School, Palava arranged a field trip for the students of Std. VIII to this valley of flowers. Accompanied by our Principal Ms. Aditi Banerji and their class teachers Ms. Meenakshi and Ms. Mala, the students stayed overnight to explore the wonders of this place.
Apart from many beautiful varieties of wild flowers (some of which are endemic to Kaas Pathar only) this site is also home to many different types of insects like the brilliantly camouflaged two-tailed spider, funnel web spider, birds, amphibians, reptiles and some major mammalian species.
The place is a vivid, beautiful carpet of flowers like the Karvi – a flower which blooms only once in 18 years, the Ceropegia jainii and Ceropegia vincifolia – two flowers that trap insects for pollination, insectivorous flowers like the Drosera indica and Drosera burmanii, Lantana, Nymphoides indicum (local name Kumudini), Silver Fern and the Mickey Mouse flower. These flowers change colours at the end of the
monsoons and the entire area presents a totally different avatar.
As the Principal Ms. Aditi Banerji explained “Kaas is famous for exhibiting some rare species of flowers, which do not exist anywhere else in the world e.g. ground orchids that are a must-see on the itinerary. Students have this opportunity to learn about the wonderful, exotic flora and fauna that exists only in this area because of the soil which covers the basalt plateau leading to the growth of typical marshy flora.”
Kaas is a destination that can be visited only after the rains, when the flowering takes place on the plateau. This flowering phase lasts for about three to four weeks. Many endemic, endangered species still new to botanical science can be found here. More than 850 species of flowering plants have been found here of which 39 species can be found in the Kaas Region only.
Children were told how it has become an urgent and important task to take effective measures to protect this whole area in order to conserve the diverse, rare and endangered flora of Kaas plateau. The plateau seems to change its colours after every 15- 20 days as the cycle of flowering plants progresses with the monsoon progress from June to October.
District level Archery competition for the year 2015 – 16 was organized by Thane District Archery Association which was held at Sacred Heart school, Varap, Shahad on 16 September 2015 where Lodha World School, Palava boys and girls team participated. Two students have been selected for the state level competition and these students will be representing Thane district at the state level. This section of the competition is being organized by the Archery Association of Maharashtra.
Nehru Science Centre
The Nehru Science Centre deserves a day by itself to see it in its entirety, and the students of Std III and IV of Lodha World School, Palava were most enthusiastic about their visit there.
The field trip to Worli, to understand and experience the basic principles and marvels in science and technology at ‘The Nehru Science Centre,’ was on Wednesday, 9th September 2015. The students set out at 8:45 a.m. and reached at around 10:30 a.m.
After arrival, the students proceeded towards the reception hall where they saw exhibits on energy transfer, electric potential, vortices and electromagnetism.
At the Science Centre, the students were thrilled to see the Energy Model which is one of the most popular exhibits at the science museum. All the children stood enthralled as the ball went for a thrilling ride down the mini roller coaster: down slopes, in concentric circles and also on the way showcasing how energy is converted from one form to another.
Another exhibit that had children in a tizzy was the Head on a platter. All the students and teachers had a field day trying for a photo opportunity on this one and no one wanted to miss this one out. The optical illusion that lets visitors make their bodies disappear is a trick that uses mirrors to reflect the patterns of the tiles on the floor and walls.
The Nail Seat was another exhibit on which children could try sitting on three types of seats and answer which seat was more comfortable and why. In trying to answer this question, they understood that the more the area of contact, the less is the pressure.
Students then tried their musical hand at the Virtual harp in which they moved their hands in thin air to play music. This exhibit allowed visitors to play various notes on a harp by moving their hand between two sets of pipes.
The Giant Heart was the next stop. This was a massive 18-feet-tall human heart model which allowed visitors to walk into it and observe its bicuspid and tricuspid valves. As children steped into it, they could hear loud heart beats echo around them. This was a larger than life model which was most interesting for the children who were just learning about the human heart and it’s functioning.
Next, children went around “Prehistoric Life” seeing the huge animated dinosaurs moving around. This took them back in time to the wonderful Jurrasic world of dinosaurs. In “Aerospace”, they got to see the different parts of an aeroplane. “Bhool Bhulaiya” was another attraction which actually was a mirror maze in which children really enjoyed themselves. They got to see a real life model of the Solar System in which orbits, revolution and rotation were explained. Students also got to feel what a real electric shock felt like after placing their palms on a machine. They saw the “Lazy See-Saw”, “Kaleidoscope” and the “Whirlpool” and got to see a 3D virtual forest through a lens.
All in all, the children had a field day going around and experiencing everything. Finally after a fun filled educational experience students of Lodha World School, Palava departed from Nehru Science Centre at 1:00 p.m. and reached school at 3:00 p.m., taking back a host of memories with them.
As our Principal – Ms. Aditi Banerji observed, “When most of us were in school, a visit to Worli’s Nehru Science Centre was on the must-do field-trip list. We are glad that Mumbai has a gem like this, which allows our children to experience first-hand whatever they have been learning in their textbooks and have that knowledge reinforced”.