Saturday, October 30, 2010

District Level National Children's Science Congress - 2010

Ernakulam District Level National Children's Science Congress
held at Govt. Boys Higher Secondary School Aluva.
on 30-10-2010

Selected Projects
Snooba Thomas & Team, St. Augustins' HS, Kuzhuppilly.
Blessmol Mathews & Team, Fatima matha, H.S.S, Piravom
Kiran Abraham Jacob, Sacred Heart HSS, Thevara
V.Anupama Jayan,St. Albert's School Ernakulam
Subin Sudheer, SNV SKT HSS, N Paravur
Bibina vimala babu,VM HSS, Kadalikkad

Friday, October 8, 2010

National Children's Science Congress - 2010

Ernakulam district level National Children's Science Congress scheduled to be held at Govt. Boys Higher Secondary School, Aluva. The selected projects from each sub districts should be submit to the District Coordinator on 27-10-2010.

Friday, September 17, 2010

TEENage & InterNET

The Importance of Discussing Internet Safety with Your Teen

Are you a parent? If you are, have you already had the internet safety talk with your child? If you have yet to do so, this is a discussion that you will want to have. Since many teenagers like using social networking websites, online message boards, internet chat rooms, and instant messaging programs, internet safety is a subject that must be discussed.

As nice as it is to hear that you should talk about internet safety and internet use in general with your child, you may be curious as to why it is important that you do so. For your convenience, just a few of the many reasons why you should have the internet safety talk with your child are outlined below.

1. They May Not Know How old is your child? If they are just starting to use the internet, they may be unaware of the dangers that lurk on many popular websites, including online chat rooms and social networking websites. If your child has just started using the internet to research school projects, be sure you discuss internet safety with them, as it won't be long before they realize that they can communicate with and make new friends online.

2. It Is Your Job, As the Parent Perhaps, the greatest reason why you should talk to your child about internet use and internet safety is because it is your job to do so. As a parent, it is your reasonability to guide and protect your child. Parents need to set some rules and guidelines with their children and the internet shouldn't be any different. You donít have to completely outlaw chat rooms, online message boards, or social networking websites, but be sure that you set clear cut rules that your child will understand concerning their use.

3. It Will Help to Keep Them Safe As much as we would all like to believe that the world is filled with nice, happy people, it isn't. Unfortunately, many of those people, who may be child predators, are finding it easy to target children online. Why? Because the internet enables anyone to create their own identity. While most internet users that you meet online are truthful, all it takes is one online predator to cause serious harm or damage to a family. When you talk to your child about the dangers of the internet, you are keeping them well aware, which can help to keep them safe.

4. You Can Teach Them What to Do As for teaching your child what to do online, there are a number of different aspects that should be examined. For starters, teach your child how to properly use the internet, especially chat rooms and social networking websites. Let them know that they cannot discuss personal information or share pictures or videos with strangers. You should also let your child know what to do if they are targeted or harassed by someone online. This should involve coming to you immediately or saving all information, as opposed to erasing it from the computer, until you or the police can examine it.

5. They Can Feel More Comfortable Talking to You If your child is in high school or junior high school, they may automatically get defensive when you try to talk to them about internet safety. This is because most kids believe that they already know all that is needed to know and others just assume that you are being an overbearing parent. Despite this, discussing internet safety with your child in a calm and cool manner is likely to make your teenager feel comfortable about the issue. This increases the chances of them approaching you when they run into trouble online.

As you can see, there are a number of reasons why you should talk to your child about internet safety. Although this piece focused on discussing internet safety with teenagers, remember that internet safety is a lesson that can and should be started as soon as your child turns a computer on.

Are you the parent of a teenager who uses the internet? If you are, have you already had the internet safety talk with your teenager? If you haven't, it is time for that talk to occur. As nice as it is to be able to use the internet for school research projects or to communicate with friends online, it is important to remember that the internet can also be a danger to children and teenagers.

As nice as it is to hear that you should talk to your teenager about internet safety, you may be curious as to how you can go about doing so. Brining up the subject can be hard, as your teen may automatically become defensive. The good news is that you do have a number of different options. One of those options is to just go for it.

When you outright discuss internet safety with your teenager, make sure that you pick a good time to have the talk. Don't start ranting right away about your teen's internet use and the dangers after a disagreement or when tensions are already high. With teenagers, this can lead to other problems. It may cause your teenager to not listen to you just for the point of not listening or they may purposely defy you.

Another option that you have, when looking to discuss internet safety with your child, is to wait until your child gets off the computer. When they walk away, ask them if they know about being safe online and the dangers that the internet has. This is a great opener, when your child is already using the computer. It may make you sound less like an overprotective, overbearing parent, at least in the eyes of your teenager.

When discussing internet safety with your teenager, it is important to not assume that your child already knows. Even if your child stops you and tells you they already know how to be safe online, don't stop. Be sure to restate your point and establish any internet rules you would like your child to follow. It is important to remember that many teenagers think they know everything, but many don't. For example, your child may know that there are internet predators out there, but do they also know that pictures of them smoking or drinking underage could get them suspended from school or even arrested, no matter how "cool", they look on a MySpace page?

Speaking of MySpace, it is important to know what you should talk to your child about. Since many teenagers use MySpace and other similar social networking websites, they should be discussed. Make sure your child knows that anyone can hide behind a computer, even a sexual predator. Also, let them know the dangers of posting personal information and pictures on their social networking profiles.

In addition to social networking websites, like MySpace, internet chat rooms should also be discussed. Internet chat rooms are different, but similar in nature to instant messaging programs, like AOL or MSN. Generally speaking, instant messaging programs are safer for teens to use, as they aren't automatically paired up and thrown into a chat room with other internet users, who are essentially strangers. As with social networking websites, make sure that your child knows that they could, essentially, be talking to anyone. Tell them to get out of a chat room right away if the tone turns sexual in nature or if they receive a private message from someone who makes them feel uncomfortable.

You may also want to discuss personal blogs. Many websites, like and allow internet users to start free blogs. Many teens find this a nice and easy way to vent or allow their friends to stay up-to-date on their thoughts. Your teenager needs to know that anyone can view these blogs, so their information really isn't private and personal, say as a handwritten journal.

As you can see, there are a number of different ways that you can go about discussing internet safety with your teenager. Remember to do so, however, before it is too late. Any child who uses the internet should be well aware of the dangers that lurk.
4 Signs That Your Teenager May Be In Trouble Online

Are you a parent who has a teenager who uses the internet? If you are, do you know that your teenager may run into trouble online? Their chances increase when they are using the internet to socialize with friends or make new friends. Your child may unintentionally fall victim to a child predator online or they may be harassed by those that they know online. But, would you know if your child is in trouble?

For your convenience, there are four signs that your teenager may be in trouble online. If any of these signs apply to your child, you will want to take action right away.

1. They Get on the Computer at the Same Time Everyday -What many parents do not realize is that children and teenagers can easily become targets of online child predators. Many also do not realize that this process doesn't always happen overnight. Some child predators pretend to be the ages of their targets. They then work to gain the trust of those targets. This can take a few days or a few weeks. You may be able to tell if this is happening though if your child gets on the internet at the same time, every single day. This is a good sign that they are communicating directly with someone, who may not have pure intentions.

2. They Are Secretive When They Use the Computer -How does your child act when they are using the computer? Does your child try to hide what they are doing online from you? If they automatically shut off the computer or put a game on the screen, they may be trying to prevent you from seeing what they are doing online. This is a good sign that your child may be doing something they shouldn't be doing online, like having direct, personal conversations with a stranger, who may be a child predator.

3. They Are Very Happy When Getting Off the Computer -If your child is overly happy when they sign off the internet, they may be on the path to trouble. This sign can be a little bit tricky though. Your child may be happy because they just finished a long school project, but you honestly never know. If your teenager is communicating with someone online, they may be in the process of starting a relationship, which they are happy about. Unfortunately, many teenagers do not realize that anyone can hide behind a computer. That is why it is important that you talk to your child about the dangers of starting an online romance.

4. They Are Very Depressed -As previously stated, your child may be very happy when using the internet, but another warning sign is that they are depressed, especially when they sign off the computer. What many parents do not realize is that other teenagers use the internet for harassment. If your teenager has a falling out with one of their friends, they may find themselves being harassed online. If that is the case, your child may seem very down, depressed, and withdrawn.

The four above mentioned signs are just a few of the many that you will want to look for to see if your child is in trouble online. With that said, there are additional signs that you will want to be on the lookout for, the biggest being a change in behavior. If you do suspect that your child has or is about to run into trouble online, be sure to talk to them and as soon as possible.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

National Children's Science Congress-2010


Guide teacher's workshop in connection with Ernakulam district level NCSC-2010
held at Govt.HSS Aluva on 29-07-2010........
Dr. N. Ramanujan took class to the teachers.......

Friday, May 7, 2010

WED 2010

Celebrate World Environment Day........
Save Our Planet........

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Scientific Day/Week/Event

No. Date Scientific Day/Week/Event

1. January 1st Week National Road Safety Week
2. January 1st Week Indian Science Congress
3. January 12 National Youth Day
4. January 30 National Anti Leprosy Day
5. February 28 National Science Day
6. March 8 International Women’s Day
7. March 16 Measles Vaccination Day
8. March 23 World Meteorological Day
9. April 7 World Health Day
10. April 22 Earth Day
11. May 1-7 Malaria Prevention Week
12. May 11 Technology Day
13. May 17 World Telecommunication Day
14. May 31 World No-Tobacco Day
15. June 5 World Environment Day
16. June 26 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
17. July 11 World Population Day
18. August 1-7 World Breast-Feeding Week
19. August 9 International Youth Day
20. August 25 – September 8 National Eye Donation Fortnight
21. September 1-7 National Nutrition Week
22. September 8 International Literacy Day
23. September 8 Eye Donation Day
24. September 16 World Ozone Day
25. October 1 International Day for the Elderly
26. October 1 Voluntary Blood Donation Day
27. October 1-7 Wildlife Week
28. October, 1st Monday World Habitat Day
29. October, 1st Monday Universal Children’s Day
30. October, 2nd Wednesday International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction
31. October 9 World Post Day
32. October 16 World Food Day
33. October 24 United Nations Day
34. October 24 World Development Information Day
35. November 10 International Science Day
36. Nov. 19 – Dec. 18 National Environment Month
37. November International Week of Science and Peace
38. December 1 World AIDS Day
39. December 2 World Computer Literacy Day
40. December 2 National Pollution Prevention Day
41. December 14 National Energy Conservation Day
42. December 29 International Day for Biological Diversity
43. December 27-31 National Children’s Science Congress

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

From Philosophy to Physics

The scholars of ancient Greece were the first we know of to attempt a thoroughgoing investigation of the universe--a systematic gathering of knowledge through the activity of human reason alone. Those who attempted this rationalistic search for understanding, without calling in the aid of intuition, inspiration, revelation, or other non-rational sources of information, were the philosophers (from Greek words meaning "lovers of wisdom").

Philosophy could turn within, seeking an understanding of human behavior, of ethics and morality, of motivations and responses. Or it might turn outside to an investigation of the universe beyond the intangible wall of the mind---an investigation, in short of 'nature."

Those philosophers who turned toward the second alternative were the natural philosophers, and for many centuries after the palmy days of Greece the study of the phenomena of nature continued to be called natural philosophy. The modern word that b used in its place-science, from a Latin word meaning "to know" did not come into popular use until well into the nineteenth century. Even today, the highest university degree given for achievement in the sciences is generally that of “Doctor of philosophy."

The word "natural" is of Latin derivation, so the term "natural philosophy" stems half from Latin and half from Greek a combination usually frowned upon by purists. The Greek word for "natural" is physikos, so one might more precisely speak of physical philosophy to describe what we now call science.

The term physics, therefore, is a brief form of physical philosophy or natural philosophy sad, in its original meaning, included all of science.

However, as the field of science broadened and deepened and as the information gathered grew more voluminous natural philosophers had to specialize taking one segment or another of scientific endeavor as their chosen field of work. The specialties received names of their own and were often subtracted from the once universal domain of physics.

Thus, the study of the abstract relationships of form and number became mathematics; the study of the position and movements of the heavenly bodies became astronomy; the study of the physical nature of the earth we live upon became geology; the study of the composition and interaction of substances became chemistry; the study of the structure, function, and interrelationships of living organisms became biology, and so on.

The term physics then came to be used to describe the study of those portions of nature that remained after the above-mentioned specialties were subtracted. For that reason the word has come to cover a rather heterogeneous field and is not as easy to define as it might be.

What has been left over includes such phenomena M motion, heat, light sound, electricity, and magnetism. All these are forms of "energy" (a term about which I shall have considerably more to say later on), so that a study of physics may be said to include, primarily, a consideration of the interrelationships of energy and matter.

This definition can be interpreted either narrowly or broadly. If it is interpreted broadly enough, physics can be expanded to include a great deal of each of its companion sections of science. Indeed, the twentieth century has seen such a situation come about.

The differentiation of science into its specialties is, after all, an artificial and man-made state of affairs. While the level of knowledge was still low, the division was useful and seemed natural. It was possible for a man to study astronomy or biology without reference to chemistry or physics, or for that matter to study either chemistry or physics in isolation. With time and accumulated information, however, the borders of the specialties approached, met, and finally overlapped. The techniques of one science became meaningful and illuminating in another.

In the latter half of the nineteenth century, physical techniques made it possible to determine the chemical constitution and physical structure of stars, and the science of "astrophysics" was born. The study of the vibrations set up in the body of the earth by quakes gave rise to the study of "geophysics." The study of chemical reactions through physical techniques initiated and constantly broadened the field of "physical chemistry." and the latter in turn penetrated the study of biology to produce what we now call "molecular biology."

As for mathematics, that was peculiarly the tool of physicists (at first, much mom so than that of chemists and biologists), and as the search into first principles became more subtle and basic, it became nearly impossible to differentiate between the "pure mathematician" and the "theoretical physicist."