It was a most awaited rainy day, 31st August, 2016. In fact, the class prayed for a day as this, to have an outdoor class regarding the ‘flood prevention schemes’. It was flooding fun! “We had many outdoor classes but not as memorable as this one” said Medha.
Students of Grade-6α with their Geography faculty, Ms Jyothsna were on the soaking wet playground which formed many puddles and random streams joining so called tributaries and rivers and of course the simulated seas. ‘So Students, what happens when it floods?’ asked the teacher. Gayathri immediately shows the wet ground beside the stream and says, ‘This place is all wet and everything looks ruined’. ‘But how do we protect this place from being flooded?’ asked the teacher. Rushil says, ‘Mam, why don’t we build a dam a little before this place’. Medha and Sucharitha got together and picked up some of the biggest pebbles they could find around the place and placed it in the middle of the stream and were able to control the flow and they called it a ‘Dam’. ‘Mam, this side is still wet. What do we do?’ said Bhavik. ‘Afforestation is the answer’ screamed Deepa. Vyshnavi and Gayathri plunged into the job of picking some leaves and little plants and started planting them to reduce the flood. Aanavi noticed another area being flooded and said ‘Mam, what do we do here? The flow is very fast.’ And Mam said ‘Darling, all we have to do is to deepen and widen the channel so that more water fits in and stops flooding the area next to it.’ Or ‘We can even build small walls along the channel’ said Saanvi. ‘They are called ‘Embankments’ screamed Deepa. ‘Mam, I think, this pond is getting too full, can we do something about it?’ asked Bhavik. The teacher said, ‘Oh Yes! We can create some ‘overflow channels’ and allow the extra water to be released without causing harm to the people living around the banks’. ‘Wow, that’s a great idea’ said Sucharitha. Rushil noticed an ‘S- shaped’ stream and said, ‘Mam, it’s taking a long way to reach the sea. Can we do something about this?’. Aanavi said, ‘I think I have an idea, all I have to do is to straighten the channel.’ She then grabbed a twig that was lying close by and the three, Saanvi, Rushil and Aanvi got onto the job of giving a short cut to the stream. All with the muddy hands posed for a beautiful photograph!
….And the teacher had very little to teach on ‘Flood prevention Schemes’ and yet her mission was accomplished!
In all this, I must say thanks to the sprawling ‘Reqelford’ campus at our disposal as we can enjoy a lot of outdoor classes- whether it be ‘The journey of Rivers’, ‘Weathering, Erosion and Transportation’, ‘Checking the soil profile’, ‘Coastal Erosion’, ‘Studying the clouds’ and the list goes on and on….
- Saanvi: This is the best Geography class ever. I enjoyed getting my hands dirty and getting a little wet in the rain.
- Gayathri: There is no better way to learn Geography other than this way! I just loved it!
- Sucharitha: I have learnt so many schemes, I didn’t realize it then but it was so much fun.
- Aanavi: It was fun working with friends in straightening channels and building dams! I will never forget this.