Kyle Rozario- Std. VI ( Team Member of the Kajal Project)
(This article was published in Times NIE, 26th March 2018)
Science Research, would be a cake walk, thought the team. Just get the needed information and it was done. However, it proved to a Herculean task. They selected the Nano Science behind ancient Kajal and its antimicrobial activities. The group labored to find out natural methods of preparing kajal and with the help of their guide teacher, Ms. Anita Philip, they made Kajal, using drumstick leaves, peanuts, almonds, mustard oil and
They prepared kajal by burning the above ingredients to make soot and then mixed it with ghee or olive oil or castor oil to complete the process. The teachers encouraged the enthused team, by placing orders for the natural kajal. They were able to mine more information during their visitto the Don Bosco Institute of Technology, from their resource person, Ms Karthiki,and got an opportunity to prepare kajal there, for her sample testing.
The team learnt that maintaining a Log Book is very essential for every scientist, to record their activities and learn from mistakes. They compiled their work for the scrutiny round. For the presentation, Ms. Anita put them through grueling practice sessions. The kajal project was selected for the second round.
For the next step they upgraded their project. They grew in confidence and learnt to work as a team. It was a learning curve for them when they were exposed to an ancient method of making Kajal from one of their teammate’s grandmother. It was made with sago, rice flour and ghee, poured into a coconut shell and kept to dry in the sun.
The second round was tough. The team’s hardwork was much appreciated and it was an achievement in itself, but they were unable to win theround. Their guide’s appreciation and the love of Science make them want to tread on this journey once again.