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The Assault on the Stratosphere: Workshop on the Atmosphere by Reniscience Education

October 5, 2014 • Posted in: News, Workshops

A tour of the atmosphere by Sangita Kapadia and Purvi Vora of Reniscience Education was in store for our students recently.

Sangita Kapadia with the students at the E-Base.

Sangita Kapadia with the students at the E-Base.

Recreating the ozone molecule and that of the CFC, and outlining every layer of the atmosphere were in order as Reniscience Education introduced the students to the importance of the layers of the atmosphere.

Students working on recreating the atmosphere on their workseets.

Students working on recreating the atmosphere on their workseets.

Armed with colours and worksheets, students began the process of identifying every layer of the atmosphere and putting it on their Earth.

The result.

The result.

Next, the students went on a trail around the E-Base to find clues on the questions on the atmosphere. The students learnt about everything; from the gases of the atmosphere to the kilometer distance of the layers from the planet.

Students on a trail around the E-Base to learn about the atmosphere.

Students on a trail around the E-Base to learn about the atmosphere.

Till just a few decades ago, the world was oblivious to the almost imperative usefulness of the atmosphere. It was under siege through the unregulated use of CFCs and other harmful gases. With its deterioration and ‘ozone hole’, the world finally woke up to the disaster in the making. To end, the students recreated the process of the breaking up of ozone molecules. Using simple items like a flashlight, transparencies, and the likes, the students got a demonstration of just how a CFC molecule breaks up an ozone one. The students learnt of the occurrence of this splitting of the ozone molecule until the leaders identified the urgency to tackle the impending disaster. The world still experiences the effects of its actions of the previous decades. The good news is that the ozone layer is on the mend.

Understanding how CFCs break up the ozone molecules in our atmosphere.

Understanding how CFCs break up the ozone molecules in our atmosphere.

Good leadership and sustainable practices is all we require as a population to grow and develop in the modern world and our students were left with this very parting message.

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