Promoting excellence in Mathematics and Science

“BOSCO PSI-PHI” is an inter and intra school event organized by Don Bosco School, New Delhi, to create interest and to promote excellence among students in Science and Mathematics. The ‘name’ and ‘the symbol’ for the competition are inspired from the two Greek alphabets ‘Psi (Ψ)’ and ‘Phi (The letter phi)’ which find place in texts of nearly all major streams of Science. They have a vast range of functional, notational, mathematical uses and have become a part of the infrastructure of modern day technology.

Initiated in our Silver Jubilee year 2005, “BOSCO PSI-PHI” has become an integral part of the activity calendar of Don Bosco School and other major schools across Delhi.

  In its inaugural year it was held at an inter school level in which ‘The Mother’s International School’ emerged as the overall winners. In the years 2006 and 2008 “BOSCO PSI-PHI” was held at an intra school level. In the year 2007 and 2009, it was held as an inter school event with over 30 premier schools of the city participating in which the overall winners were ‘Fr. Agnel’s School’ and                 ‘St. Thomas Girls School’ respectively. In 2010 it was organized at an inter school level and over 40 premier schools of the city participated in which the overall winners were ‘Delhi Public School ’, Mathura Road.  In 2011, it will be held at an intra school level.

In the previous years, the event had the opportunity of having Dr. V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai (Vice-Chancellor, Indira Gandhi National Open University), Dr. Shamim Ahmad (Vice-Chancellor, Jamia Hamdard University) and other eminent personalities from the field of Science & Technology addressing the staff, students and participants from the various schools.
This year, it’s being held at an intra school level. An exhibition and educational trips to various institutions and centers of scientific importance is planned.

boscopsiphi@donboscoschool.in

Young scientists of Don Bosco gathered in the auditorium to flaunt their scientific acumen as part of the Bosco Psi Phi science exhibition. Wires, LEDs, cogs, gears, dynamos all around..from the human kidneys to hydraulic cranes, from nuclear and hydel power stations to green cities to robots­ the auditorium was buzzing with avctivity and ennui was miles away. A vast multitude of models had been put on display for the audience to behold and silently laud both the students knowledge and the skill with which it had been applied.

Keen doe­eyed sixth graders to seasoned science students of classes 11 and 12 all stood by their creations all day long and walked the guests through the working of their machines. A cheery smile glued to their face, their legs never tiring, their enthusiasm never lacking...these young innovators had made their passion and love for science evident through their toil.

And both teachers and students who stood by them and listened intently shared their feeling of wonder and the thrill of discovery.
AMOGH SOOD : HEAD BOY

Bosco Psi-Phi - 2013

Don Bosco Alaknanda held a grand event on October 29th, 2013. Our School held the Bosco Psi-Phi, an exhibition in which the scientific minds of our school take us on a journey in the world of science and show us the reasoning behind everything we would consider magic. The efforts of some were admirable and some were just clever enough to show chemical reactions and let the children gape at them in amazement.

Among many the one that took my fascination was the model of Hydraulic crane. To show the mechanism of hydraulics pair of syringes were connected to each other and one of them filled with water. With the movement of water the piston was controlled and therefore the crane without the use of electricity, which is a brilliant idea for future machines.

Another one of best I thought was the electronic crane made by Usayd Amin of X-C. The crane was connected to a remote through wiring and ran by electricity. The thing that I appreciated was the hard work put in it. One couldn’t have been thinking that it was not from the market. Also the mechanism was very well explained and the concepts made clear.

Further more many models showed the way kinetic energy is converted into electrical. Small models of wind mills, hydroelectric power stations and thermal power stations explained how we can produce electricity with different elements of nature.

It was an exquisite experience and represented how beautiful and the reasons it has provided to everything we find curious. It also develops the minds of youngsters and makes them eager to discover the secrets the world holds.

Farzan Hashmi
IX A     

‘BOSCO PSI – PHI  -  A MIRROR’

Eleven years ago, when I first stepped into the premises of this Grand Institution, my parents had great expectations.  They had the firm faith that the child whom they surrendered to the Institution that day, would someday touch the pinnacle of his success.

What makes DON BOSCO unrivallary?  What makes DON BOSCO ‘The School with a Difference’?

DON BOSCO always has a very practical approach not only towards its pupils, but also towards all the students across Delhi.  One such innovative and practical approach is the  ‘BOSCO PSI – PHI’, brought into practice by our former Principal, Rev. Fr. Binny and beautifully carried out by our current shephered, Rev. Fr. Babu.  BOSCO PSI – PHI is the most apt stage for the young, brimming scientists to exhibit their scientific talents.

This year, BOSCO PSI – PHI was held as an intra-school event on 29th October, 2013 at the School Auditorium.  More than 100 innovative models were made.  Many theories were put into practice.  The model I best liked was the ‘Science is Simple’ model.  It was a heart-rending assignment.  They took a balloon and forcefully pierced it down into a rack of pins.  To my great surprise, the balloon did not burst.  Was it magic?  I remember Fr. Jose’s words – ‘Science is common sense at its best’.  The model was based on a simple theory.  We all might remember but none put into practice.  How right was Peter Novell in stating – ‘The stone which the Builders despised, turned out to be the most valuable of all’.  I did learn that theory,  but I despised it.  I did not realize that this theory could bring out miracles – Thank you Anshuman, The brain behind the model, for making me realize that Science is not to be learned, but to be put into practice.

The second model I liked was the ‘Robotic Hand’ Model.  Another practical approach towards written theories, ‘Science cannot be written, it has to be performed’ – Thomas Alva Edison.  Even a small kid knows about the pressure exerted by water, but that Bosconian had put that into practice.

The next Model I liked was the ‘Excretory System’ Model made by Deepayan.  To a certain extent, making a working biological model is not possible, but that young Scientist has made that possible.  More than his Model, I liked his hard-work and sincerity.  It was a very fragile model.  Deepayan did his maximum to make his model a grand success.  That is what I appreciate.  I have no words to describe the other Models.  All were fabulous.  All were innovative.  BOSCO PSI – PHI has greatly helped the students to realize who they are?  What is their caliber?  As the title suggests BOSCO PSI – PHI is a mirror.  It reflects the Scientific nature existing in us.  I realize that opportunities will knock our door.  If we are on guard, we will hear it, if we are off-track, we will miss the opportunity.

RIJIN THOMAS RAJU - X - B

Young scientists of Don Bosco gathered in the auditorium to flaunt their scientific acumen as part of the Bosco psi phi science exhibition. Wires, LEDs, cogs, gears, dynamos all around..from the human kidneys to hydraulic cranes, from nuclear and hydel power stations to green cities to robotsthe
auditorium was buzzing with avctivity and ennui was miles away. Avast multitude of models had been put on display for the audience to behold and silently laud both the students knowledge and the skill with which it had been applied. Keen doeeyed sixth graders to seasoned science students of classes 11 and 12 all stood by their creations all day long and walked the guests through the working of their machines. Acheery smile glued to their face, their legs never tiring, their enthusiasm never lacking...these young innovators had made their passion and love for science evident through their toil. And both teachers and students who stood by them and listened intently shared their feeling of wonder and the thrill of discovery.

Science is everything from what we are made of to where we came from and the students DON BOSCO SCHOOL showed how science is fun by putting in front of us the practical application of science. It had everything from a pressure operated crane and the hydraulics bridge to the solar powered lift and lights. Anti gravity water to the the infrared car showed we can toy with science too. Environment projects of class7 displayed picturesque projects of todays world. Those who just cant mug up but do enjoy the various mysteries this is the place to be.

MAYANK THAR
11 B

THE BEST THREE PROJECTS( I LIKED) IN BOSCO PSI-PHi WERE:
NAME - SAURAV GERA
CLASS- 11-A
PROJECT- HYDRAULIC CRANE

i liked this project because it was a project which displayed the principle of conservation of energy, by using some non conventional sources like water.

NAME - ANURAG GOSH
CLASS- 11-B
PROJECT- SCIENCE IS MAGIC

 This project gifted with me a magical experience and taught me that science is truly interesting, full of magical mysteries .the team also showed me some scientific  experiments that were really fabulous.

 NAME - DEEPAYAN MUKHERJEE
CLASS - 10- A
 PROJECT- THE HUMAN EXCRETORY SYSTEM

This project was very intriguing and I liked it because  Inever imagined  our body being such a miraculous creation. The Presentor gave a good explanation of the excretory system and it was really well planned and nicely designed and developed.

It was really an exciting and interesting journey in learning.

ARITRA PAUL
CLASS - VI B

Sterling Engine

The heat may be produced or converted in many different. The burning of coal also produces heat and passing of current also produces electricity. But today, the people who got the opportunity to see the Bosco Psi-Phi exhibition discovered a new and interesting way of producing heat. Due to the movement of the axles of the engine, the handle and the wheel rotated, which actually produced a lot of heat. Well, it was a very nice remedy for the rapid fall in the temperatures of Delhi in the winter months. The heat could be used to heat our hands when they are frozen cold even on wearing gloves, mufflers and hundreds of woolen clothes. As the axle rotated, the piston inside the tube rotated as well, which caused the metal container inside the tube to move. As they both moved together and that too in opposite directions, a point came when they touched each other and the gas trapped in between is heated. The gas heated to such an extent that on being released, it expanded and flowed out in the air. Well, this heat can be stored by using a container in front of it and can be used at times. Well, this is a very nice innovation and a very pollution free-way of producing heat.
                               
Hydraulic Crane
One of the inventions of the humans was the crane. It was a machine which actually had the properties of human hands. The arms in the front can, like any normal hand, clutch the object and lift it up.  But these cranes are operated using the engine power. But as any invention, such as a phone, can have many different models, the same way this crane can also have different types. Well, SaurabhMeena of our school did a very different and a unique invention, which actually left are mouths open for quite some time. His idea of building a hydraulic crane was truly amazing. The principle may be easy, but building it was a tough challenge. The idea was simple. As he pressed the stick of the syringe, then due to the pressure of the air, the hands of the crane moved up and down. Well, not only this much. The crane also moved in all directions on pressing the stick of another syringe. Such an invention was actually flawless. Inventions may be many and each one of them will have its own properties and qualities, but some are there which keep the people shocked and get them to work hard and think how such a thing could have happened.
Solar Updraft Tower
The Psi-Phi exhibition is an exhibition which shows the hidden talent and research qualities of the students. It is a platform where children are given the opportunity to showcase their interests and abilities in scientific research, mind application and model making. Well, there was such an exhibit which actually kept me into thinking what the principle was. The people were trying to recall everything that they had learnt since childhood and trying to apply each and every logic to find out how could such a think have happened. But at last when they were sick and tired of thinking, they left and just asked the two brilliant engineers, Joel and Ahmad. Well it was just that, as we waved our hands in front of the tower, the LED bulbs on the top begun to glow and as soon as we touched the top of the LED bulbs, the bulbs stopped glowing. Well, the principle was quite simple, that is, the working of the dynamo motor. Well, the explanation was quite tough to understand and everything may be actually had gone above their heads. But still, the way the model worked was truly amazing. It was such an awesome model that a combination of twenty-six alphabets may not be enough to describe it.
ABHINAV KUMAR
9 C