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A Small Miracle in Hyderabad

The Birla Science Museum in Hyderabad is not yet as well known as the Exploratorium in San Francisco or the Deutches Museum in Munich. However, a few days ago (23 January 2011) it has inaugurated one of the more interesting, and hopefully influential exhibits in museums of its kind.  This is an area known as “IEEE exhibits,” which volunteers from the IEEE Hyderabad Section – in cooperation with the management of the Birla Science Center – have been working on for about a year.

In late 2009 we conducted informal analysis of the museum, which hosts more than 70,000 children a year, and concluded that IEEE can help make it better by developing and launching new exhibits that focus on IEEE’s fields of interest.  We contacted the museum’s leaders and found them very interested and extremely cooperative.  The IEEE Hyderabad Section asked the IEEE’s New Initiative Committee to provide the project with a seed grant, and contacted local companies with presence in Hyderabad’s famous HITECH City for help with equipment and labor.  Everybody said ‘yes.’

A year later you can visit six brand new stations which add a new dimension to the mechanical and optical exhibits that have characterized the museum's offerings until now. In one of these stations you learn about Eddy currents, and can experiment with a physical prototype that demonstrates the effect. In another you can learn how computer technology can help fight illiteracy. There are stations that demonstrate (and allow you to experiment with) the basic laws of Physics; a station on converting written text to speech (“listen to what you type”); and several stations with science-oriented games, courtesy of the New York Hall of Science. The new exhibit area is well designed, open and inviting, instructive, and great fun.

I went to Hyderabad for the opening, and was reminded constantly by the IEEE Section volunteers that this is just the beginning. They are producing teacher and student manuals that would be used before and during a visit to the museum – to enhance the experience. They are planning four additional exhibits and many improvements to the existing ones. They have mobilized several high schools to participate in the design of the next group of displays. They are looking for improvements in the physical layout and the ambience of the “IEEE area.” Talking to them you get the impression that they are devoting all their free hours to making this project more and more useful, and that there is no bound to what they can and will do here. Each one of these volunteers has already given hundreds of hours to the project in 2010, and they are ready and eager to do more in 2011.  Among their plans is duplicating E-Scientia in Hyderabad. E-Scientia is a spectacular museum exhibit developed by the IEEE Uruguay Section for the Espacio Ciencia – an interactive center of science and technology in Montevideo. Most importantly, the Hyderabad volunteers are working on a detailed design book that would allow other IEEE Sections to duplicate the project.

 .What we have witnessed during the last year in Hyderabad is IEEE at its best. Local volunteers supported by IEEE funding and local industry support, working with the community and civic institutions to improve technical literacy among young students and the public. Just about a year ago, the area where the shiny exhibits are operating now was a rather unused storage space not frequented by visitors. Every day now it hosts hundreds of parents with their children and teachers with their students.  It feels like a small miracle.

When it comes to listing among the best science museums in the world, Hyderabad’s B.M. Birla Science Museum does not yet beat the Polytechnic Museum of Moscow or the Eureka! Museum of West Yorkshire, UK.  However, stay assured that the industrious volunteers of the IEEE Hyderabad Section are working hard to change that.

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Moshe Kam ( m.kam@ieee.org ) ECE Department, Drexel University, 3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
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