-Ashwini Gupte

6 October, 2015

Under the able guidance of their guide teacher, Mrs. Anita Philip, two groups of young researchers from Don Bosco High School, Matunga, belonging to Class VIII (Junior Group) have successfully completed their research activity; the one group having worked on ‘Our Local Fauna’ and the other on ‘Super-vision of Solar Energy.’

Group I worked on the topic ‘Our Local Fauna’, with the help of resource persons, Mr. Kaustubh Bhagat and Mr. Macson Almeida from GreenLine.
The team members were Harsh Sawant, Siddharth Gupta, Aayush Matkari, Ethan Sequeira and Kshitij Pawar.
The team worked to study if our local fauna favours exotic trees over native trees. They chose Canonball, Rain tree, Gulmohar and Ashoka trees from the exotic category for observation and Tamarind, Umber and Mango trees from the native category.
Their main objectives were as follows-
1. Trees preferred by local fauna as habitat.
2. Niche habitat of local fauna around the tree.
3. Impact of weather change on habitat preference by fauna.

Group II chose ‘Supervision of Solar Energy’ and worked with resource person, Dr. Dhanaji Kale.
The team included Varun Shenoy, Atharva Chirmade, Aryan Chopra, Nirnay Korde and Gautam Oberoi.
The team worked on the various factors that could bring down the green house gas emissions and help bring a positive impact on our weather and climate.


Their main objectives were-
1. Setting a personal example  of our school as a ‘Green’ school and encouraging the neighbourhood schools and colleges to become potential contributors in reducing G.H.G.’s by studying their power bills.
2. A gradual but steady shift  from thermal energy to solar energy with proper planning could help contribute to improve the quality of human life, the environment and the economic growth of our country (G.D.P.), especially the rural areas.