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Expo offers glimpse of seven wonders

Staff Reporter

Photo:R. Ashok

seeing is believing:Students looking at the model of the ‘Colosseum' at the exhibition at Brindavan Vidyalaya ICSE School in Tiruchi.

TIRUCHI: Setting eyes on the Taj Mahal, the Colosseum, and Machu Pichu on a single day may be next to impossible, but those who dropped in at the Brindavan Vidyalaya ICSE School here were rewarded with a tour of replicas of the new seven wonders of the world on Tuesday.

Visitors were greeted with models of Chichen Itza in Mexico; statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro; Petra in Jordan, Machu Pichu in Peru known as the ‘lost city of the Incas'; the Colosseum in Rome; the Great Wall of China; and our very own Taj Mahal. According to S.Sivagami, Coordinator of the International School Award Programme, the exhibition on the new seven wonders was intended as part of the application process for the International School Award presented by the British Council. The school has engaged students in projects with an international outlook in the run up to the award. The school received the award in 2007 and is hopeful of winning it again, said Ms.Sivagami. Around 84 students divided into seven groups worked on the selected models, networking with students and teachers around the globe through the internet for inputs.

“It was a learning experience for students as the project was in line with the curriculum and included geometric drawings. All projects were done during school hours by students with help of teachers and not as homework,” said Ms.Sivagami.

While the younger students greeted visitors dressed up in traditional costumes, senior students acted as tour guides, providing historical and cultural information on the sites in Tamil and English. Customs, traditions, and art forms were also displayed by students, and videos on the new wonders were screened.

To give the exhibition the feel of a tour, visitors were given passports with details of the seven wonders. The project attempted a simulation exercise with each classroom devoted to a model.

The expo is open till noon on February 17.

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