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After the very successful intercollegiate science festival Constellation ‘08, the science club SPECTRUM in St.Francis College for Women is organizing Constellation ‘09 on 29th August, 2009. Unlike last year, where only 4-5 departments were involved, 12 departments are involved this year and around 150 engineering, degree and medical colleges have been invited to be a part of the festival and all this to ensure that Constellation ‘09 is a bigger, better and more promising sequel of Constellation ‘08

Constellation ‘08 saw the participation of many engineering and degree colleges and the response for all the events was phenomenal. Both the hosts and the guests bagged number of prizes making the event a grand success. “When I and my friends bagged the first prize for the life science exhibit it was satisfying as we worked very hard for our exhibit. It was completely unexpected and we howled and gave a group hug when our names were announced. It was one hell of an experience!” exclaims Soniya, a final year student talking about last year’s fest. Also, the snake show was a major crowd puller and was enjoyed by the staff and students alike.

Taking it one step ahead, this year more events have been added to the fest. Of course, the bigger the fest, greater the responsibilities and hence, the executive body of the Spectrum club along with the staff members are working round the clock, not wanting to leave even the smallest stone unturned to make this event a success.

The conception of ideas and the ground work for the fest began as early as July. Debanjana, the newly elected president of the Spectrum club says, “Right from the trivial things like deciding the colour of Volunteers’ t-shirts to running after sponsors to the stalls in the fest to volunteer responsibilities, we are looking after every detail and giving equal importance to each of them”. The students initially faced some difficulties in looking for the sponsors for the fest due to the ongoing recession but ultimately many reputed firms came up to lend their support.

Prize winners at last year's fest. Credit: Miss Tick

Prize winners at last year's fest. Credit: Miss Tick

The best part of this year’s fest is that both UG and PG students are actively taking part in organizing and are working towards their common goal and it has benefited immensely in fostering interaction between the students. “We are staying back in college to plan things and talking to each other even after going back. It is like we are eating, drinking and sleeping constellation (laughs). The experience has been awesome”, adds Debanjana. An investiture ceremony is also planned for all the volunteers, representatives and the core body members of the club on 25th August.

The Spectrum Club was formed keeping in mind the importance of nurturing the scientific spirit amongst the youth and making science fun as well as interesting to learn. With this fest the club intends to involve students of different faculties from various colleges and expose them to fun science activities. The events are designed in such a way that they are a mix of both serious and not-so-serious activities. Demo experiments, paper presentations, Collage making, IT Buzz, Debate, Scientific Tambola, Crossword Puzzle, Scrabble etc are some of the events listed for the festival. All the events will be judged by imminent scientists and resource persons from in and around the city and exciting prizes are in store for the winners.

An exhibit at Constellation '09. Credit: Miss Tick

An exhibit at Constellation '08. Credit: Miss Tick

Apart from all the scheduled events there is also some entertainment planned for the students. An hour long performance by a city rock band “Alter Egos” paying tribute to the legendary Michael Jackson is one of the things to look forward to. A special prize will also be given to the ‘Scientist of the day’.

The registrations for the events have begun. For more details about the events and registration procedures please see http://www.stfranciscollege.ac.in/ScienceDay09.pdf and for some scientific and not-so-scientific indulgence make sure to attend Constellation ‘09 in St.Francis College on Saturday, 29th August!

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