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A thing or two about everything

Today we went to Birla Industrial & Technological Museum (BITM), a science museum in Kolkata. I really enjoyed my visit to such a nice science museum. I have never visited a science museum before (there is probably none of this nature in entire New Zealand!) and that is why the experience was so great.


We went all the way up to the third floor. There, the first thing we saw was augmented reality. The AR was set in Antarctica and it was quite cold! Then we saw a mannequin, but little did we know, that was actually a Hindi/English speaking Robot. When we asked its name, it told us this: “I am Alexa”. We also asked the robot about the laws of robotics and also what is the capital of New Zealand. No surprises, it gave all correct answers (although I am yet to learn the laws of robotics myself!).

Ms. Alexa

Then we met a bot that can answer any color card you put into it. Apparently, it did not know what orange is.

(By the way, his name is Rainbow)

We also saw a game that you play with hand movements, but it was too hard to put your hand on the right place. Then we went down to Level 2


Level 2 was nice. We took the stairs this time, and found a section for children. There we went to a mirror maze. After that, we found another bot.


This one was sadly glitched, and we never got to see what it actually was for. After that, we went down again.


Level 1 was the level where we went to the Coal Mine. The coal mine was established simply to teach us about how miners gather coal. It was a guided tour and we saw miniature versions of big machinery that are used in coal mines. I have heard that in Western Australia, there are big coal mines. As per Wikipedia, India has the fifth largest coal reserves in the world, and is the fourth largest producer of coal in the world.

The Entrance!

After our visit to the coal mine, we took some pictures of plane propellers and engines.

We then went to another building.

First, we let my grandfather sit down, since he was getting a bit tired. My dad and I went to check out a motion exhibit, and we saw a flash looking car.

The car was designed to not just look cool, but teach us about the parts inside the car. Then my grandfather came back, and we saw some trains.

Steam trains!

And, to sum it all up, we exited, with a great picture in mind. Kolkata’s BITM is a must visit for anyone who loves science. You can take a cab and reach BITM at Gurusaday Road.

Main Building

By Rudra Chakrabarti

I am a writer, illustrator and a reviewer of children's books. I have collaborated with my dad to write/illustrate books. We also run a YouTube channel together.

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