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Better future with Biotechnology
By Anirudh J, Student Reporter
Exons 2008 - Biotechnology expo organised by the Biotech Club of Sankara of Sri Sankara Senior Secondary School was held for two days on Nov. 3 and 4, 2008. The expo was inaugurated by Dr.Sultan Ahmed Ismail, Soil biologist, Director of Ecoscience Research Foundations and HOD of Biotech dept, New college, Chennai. The principal Smt.Subala Ananthanarayanan, welcomed the chief guest. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Ismail gave a keynote address on ‘Biotechnology-Promises and Perils’ which was an eye opening session for students and after that presentation, the chief guest released the biotech magazine ‘Shrishti - Genesis of a new era’ published by
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Amritha of class 11, explaining the ground water contamination model.
up in the city Whats
Nov. 15 at 1.30 pm The World of Titan, Purasawalkam is organising a Sudoku contest for school children studying in classes 9 to 12. Four members can form a team and each school can send two teams. Four Sudoku puzzles are to be solved within the given time. Registration at phone nos. 2640 3624 or 2821 1705.
Magic of stories
Nov 8 to 16.
Odyssey Bookstore is celebrating Children’s day for a week with stories. Amazing stories will be narrated by charming storytellers. There are also book reading sessions, story writing competitions, craft workshops and more. Contact Odyssey at Abhiramapuram - 4553 4030, Adyar - 2440 2264, Anna Nagar - 4261 1473, Tiruvanmiyur - 4203 7799
Residential art camp
Nov 15, 16
A residential camp on painting, sculpture, clay modelling and wheel pottery for the children in the age group 8 to 12 years will be held at DakshinaChitra. The camp will also have yoga sessions and other traditional activities.Fee for the camp is Rs. 1500 inclusive of materials, food and stay for two days and one night. Details at 98417 77779 To know all the events, workshops, contests, visit www.yocee.in/whatsup.php
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the Biotech club of Sankara. Sri. V.S. Dhandapani secretary of Sri Sankara Senior Secondary School received the first copy of the magazine. A presentation elaborating various streams of biotechnology taken up in Exons 2008 was presented by Ananthanarayan of Class 12. Students displayed models and charts covering various disciplines of biotechnology like Clinical microbiology and explained on Effect of neem on wound infections, pathogenesis of HIV, Cholera, Amoebiasis and microbial toxins. Biochemical characterisation of microbes, differentiation of bacterial cell walls, Actinomycetes were also explained. In Immunology, topics covered were transplantation, types of allergic reactions, protocol for plant genome DNA and Protein and DNA bands were shown to students.
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A festival to celebrate children
Just not a day but a whole month is devoted to children to bring out their talents to the open. NalandaWay Foundation, a creative media NGO that works with low-income, marginalised children and help them overcome challenges to do extra-ordinary things. They are organising a children’s festival, ‘Art, arattai, aarpattam’. The event is held in partnership with UNICEF between November 14 and December 7, 2008. During the festival, NalandaWay children’s group will perform street plays in various parks across the city. Children mentored by the wellknown artist and art director Thotta Tharani will express their ideas through art, illustrations and messages. Graffiti will be painted by children on the outer wall of the US Consulate, Chennai on November 29 and 30. There will be a concert by the NalandaWay Children’s Music Band on November 15, at 7 pm. At Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Concert Hall, Lady Andal School premises. The children performing in the concert have been rescued from bonded labour, slavery and trafficking. Popular drummer Sivamani will participate in this event. A mobile audio recording booth will travel across the city schools, communities, public spaces, and residential complexes and children can share ideas on how to keep their streets, homes and the city clean and safe. There are also Story telling and Story writing competitions for school children in partnership with AID India and Growing Opportunity. For more details, contact NalandaWay Foundation, AE 49, Ist Floor, First Street, Anna Nagar or call 98844-99196 or 99625-25286. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Refreshments at P. S. Senior
By Sruti S, Student Reporter
It’s reading time folks!
There are many libraries in Chennai. But some are different and have books on specialised topics of interest. Here are a few libraries you can go to if you are looking for books on exclusive topics for your school projects, reference or just for the pleasure of reading!
For a long time, the idea of having an eatery within the school premises was not encouraged by the school authorities at the P. S. Senior Secondary School, Mylapore so as to discourage the children having junk food. But it is felt that the children who take up sports activities and coaching classes need light refreshments after the school hours. The children were going to nearby eateries to have during the peak hours of traffic. To avoid this the school has now opened a canteen on Nov. 5. The canteen sells samosas, juices and some snacks currently. Principal of the school, Mrs. Lakshmi Srinivasan plans to arrange for nutritious food stuff to make the children feel energetic. Krishna, the SPL of the school was instrumental in implementing this idea. The canteen is open on weekdays from 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm.
Old Book’s gallery
Located at 121, St. Mary’s Road, Abhiramapuram, Chennai – 28, it is at the junction, where St. Mary’s Road meets C. P. Ramaswami Road. The library has scheme for lifetime student membership. Phone: 4353 6949
P. K. Srinivasan Mathematics Library
An exclusive library of mathematics books, set up in memory of maths enthusiast and teacher P. K. Srinivasan. Address: 14/20, 25th Street, Thillaiganga Nagar, Nanganallur.
U. Ve. Swaminatha Iyer Library Librar
Exclusive Tamil library of collections by the scholar ‘Thamizh thatha’ U. Ve. Swaminatha Iyer. It has more than 3000 manuscripts and 1800 books in Tamil. Open to public only for reference. The library does not lend manuscripts or books. Timings 10 am to 4.30 pm. Sunday Holiday. Located at No. 2, Arundale Beach Road, Besant Nagar, Chennai - 40. Phone: 2491 1697
Bookworms’ librar library
This private library has a static library at their premises, a ‘Library on Wheels’ that comes to your apartment complex on request and online library too. It is at 334/B, Lakshmanasamy Salai, KK Nagar. Phone: 2489 9779 Open Tuesday Through Sunday - 9am to 8pm. Monday is weekly holiday.
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On the last day of October, students of class 9 B of the PSBB, Nungambakkam school, hosted an English ISA Project titled – ‘Keep ThinkEng’. Part of the International School Award project, the event began at 9.30 am, right after the Social Science Unit Test. Five students and two teachers from the Highcliffe School in the UK visited the Project which consisted of five sections namely, PuzzlEng Thoughts, which had different word games and information about Toponyms, Janus Words, Kangaroo words and Beheaded words. Next was the literature corner which had beautifully crafted invitations, lost and found notices based on ‘The Necklace’, a short story by the French author – Guy De Maupassant. The students also got to have an insight to the life of the author. ‘Melting Thoughts’ was a section based on creative endorsements. ‘Woven Thoughts’ was the centre of attraction, where students of the class had penned down short stories around the theme ‘Sacrifice for our country -
By Saniya Surana, Student Reporter
India’. Qurbani – The Sacrifice of a young girl, Legendary Seven, One Heart, A Cop’s Undertaking, Jai Jawan Jai Kisan and A Reconciliation were the stories written and presented at the event. Authors’ chair, looked upon as the core of the project was next in the line. Two teachers Mrs. Cat Stone and Mr. Nigel posed questions to the young authors. The Puppet show, a conversation between Tintin and Archie, summarised the project. The visitors from the UK were impressed by the authors’ short stories and answers. They gave a very encouraging feedback. As a gesture, the visitors gifted each author a postcard, depicting important landmarks of the United Kingdom.
What are the kids doing?
If you think that today’s kids are ‘all books and no play’ think again! They are also into sports and arts. But a few are creating their own community to spread messages on issues concerning them, the news they want to share or just-for-fun writing! The way they have chosen is to blog! Blog or ‘web log’ is space available on the Internet. Some are free spaces and some come with a fee. Blogger, Wordpress, TypePad or a few to mention. Saniya Surana, Raman Sathiapalan, Sheba Samuel and Varsha Mohan write regularly on their blogs. While serious topics like abolishing the homework in schools, managing the waste and new technology on the web are written by the kids, there are also posts describing their birthdays and annual days at their schools and a trip to a landmark place! Saniya’s blog is here - http://aspireblog.wordpress.com Raman writes at - http://www.ramansideas.blogspot.com Sheba blogs at - http://smartsugar.wordpress.com Varsha writes here - http://varshamohan.blogspot.com They also keep changing the look of their blogs periodically and publish links to other interesting blogs. An Out Reach programme at the MGR Nagar Corporation School was initiated by me along with Vishruth, Keerthana Kumar and Priyadarshini.J, the student volunteers from PSBB KK Nagar, on September 11, with the help of the school management authorities. Being the Horlicks WizKid representing Chennai this is one of my projects on Child Rights awareness. Through meaningful dialogue, the volunteers made a promising start to create an awareness in the students of the less privileged section on topics like Freedom , Responsibility and Child Labour.
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Reaching out to create awareness
Vasudha Mishra, a student of class 6 at PSBB, KK Nagar, initiated a Child Rights awareness programme along with student volunteers of her school recently. She shares her experience.
What you can do? Read the blogs and discuss the issues by leaving a comment on the posts. There could be healthy discussions leading to solutions to important issues through these comments. Or you might just hit an innovative idea to celebrate your birthday. Or just you could make friends with other kids of your age!
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Artemis Fowl And The Time Paradox
Author : Eoin Colfer Publisher : Puffin Price : Rs 395 No. of pages : 369
Book review by Raman Sathiapalan, Student Reporter
From the editorial desk
Hi young friends! This November is special at YOCee. Your favourite hub on the Internet is entering into the third year. Also the print newsletter celebrates its first anniversay! The newsletter was born out of the ideas of children who wanted to have a reference in paper as to where to find what on YOCee and jot down contact numbers for reference. So in November 2007 we introduced a quarterly publication in print as a sneak preview of the website www.yocee.in. And from now on it will be a monthly publication to tell you what happens in the city and who makes news currently. Remember, this print edition will just help you browse the sections of www.yocee.in, which is updated daily and as and when something interesting for kids happens! If you like this mini YOCee, do tell us. Drop an email to email@example.com. Also, do share this newsletter with your friends. They would also love to experience all that you do! You can also get limited copies from a few places. Query us, we will guide you as to where to pick up the copy close-by your home or school. Do you know, you can also tell us or write to us about events and happenings for kids you come across? And you can also send in your creative art works? And find them on the webiste or in the newsletter! A digital copy of the newsletter is also available on the website. If your friends have missed it this time, guide them to www.yocee.in/newsletter.php For now, enjoy all the Children’s Day events held across the city! Till we meet again around this time next month, it’s bye from . . .
As all Fowl fans know, Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox is the sixth book in the Artemis Fowl series, written by Eoin (pronounced ´Owen´) Colfer. The series describe the various misadventures of the young Irish criminal mastermind, Artemis Fowl II. When he was twelve years old, Artemis Fowl kidnapped a fairy named Holly. And using his brains, he tricked the fairy folk into giving him a large amount of gold as ransom. After that, through a string of dangerous coincidences, Artemis Fowl becomes Holly Short´s good friend and ceases to be a threat to the fairy folk, or People, as they call themselves. Hi-tech fairies, goblin revolutions, monstrous trolls and fierce demons... Artemis thought he´d seen it all. He was wrong. Now, he faces his greatest challenge yet. The book opens in Fowl Manor, three years after Artemis´s return from Hybras, the land of the demons. He now has two twin brothers, Beckett and Myles.
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Know your city!
These are the new names of the roads in Chennai. Do you remember by which name they were earlier known? Try it with your parents and friends too! 1. Uthamar Gandhi Salai 2. Rajaji Salai 3. Pasumpon Muthuramalingam Salai 4. Rukmani Lakshmipathy Salai 5. Anna Salai To check your answers turn the page upside down!
Answers: 1. Nungambakkam High Road 2. First Line Beach Road 3. Chamiers Road 4. Marshalls Road 5. Mount Road
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