A script by Johina Maria
Nikki – Scene 1
Manu- Scene 2
Nami – Scene 3
Laks – Scene 4
Jo- Scene 5
There are two kinds of magic in this world. One that pulls rabbits out of hats and the other that makes us believe in a kind of idealism , to grow up and change the world , to be a superhero, to use our abilities for the good of the world, to take knowledge and wisdom into our hands and make the world better with them. Which one is better? The second, I’d say.
And with that, let me tell you the wondrous tale of the Science girl.
Setting : It’s a bright beautiful day. Nikki, is wandering about the ground and finally decides to sit under a tree and enjoy her book.
( She opens her book and starts reading)
Her Cousin, Paru, comes by.
Paru : Don’t sit there! A coconut could fall on your head!
Nikki : Go away. Let me read my book.
Paru : What are you reading anyway? Don’t you know anything about gravitational force?
Nikki : Oh, you are the know-it- all! Let me read now. Go away.
P: Don’t you know? There is a force that pulls every object on earth towards the earth. Newton came upon the idea when an apple fell on his head, sitting under an apple tree. But you are sitting under a coconut tree. Go sit somewhere else.
(A coconut falls near Nikki almost missing her)
Nikki : Whew! I should have listened to you! It almost fell on my head. So, this is gravitational force.
Paru : Yep. Gravity is why we things that go up fall down. It’s why we are even standing on the surface of the earth.
Nikki : Really? Wait. Is there no gravity on the moon? Is that why astronauts in cartoons fly away? Because there is no gravity?
Paru : No, no.. The moon also has gravity. But the gravity there is less. That is why they fly around. You can fly around on earth too . You see, gravitational force is an interaction between two objects that have mass. On earth, we feel the force more because the earth has mass and the astronaut has mass. The moon however, has less mass than the earth. So, if you are on the moon, you would feel gravity less and be able to fly around like Superman!
Nikki : Wow! Wait, Is that gravity we feel when we go up an elevator?
Paru : You got it! But Newton’s third law works there. I’ll tell you!
Nikki : That’s enough for today, Science girl!
It’s the summer holidays and Meenu finally wants to go cycling. She hadn’t used her cycle in a long long time and now she wants to!
She gets her cycle out and tries to move it, but the pedals won’t move and the chain is stuck and a little bit rusty
Meenu : How do I go cycling on this thing?! Arghh, Why won’t it move!
She tries to pull and poke the chain. But it won’t move the pedal!
Paru : Meenu, What are you doing over there?
Meenu : Getting this thing to move!
She pokes and pulls at the chain again.
M : Why won’t it move?
P : You know why? It’s because of frictional force.
M : Okayyyyy. Can we get rid of this frictional force and get it cycling?
P : Yep!. See, frictional force is a force that opposes motion. You haven’t used this cycle at all in a while, right?
M : Yeah
P : So, when you left it outside without using it, it caught rust. And now, the chain won’t move because it has more friction. The chain is connected to the pedals here, see. So the pedals won’t move and that is why your cycle is sitting there like a statue.
M : Okay. Wait.. Is that why our gate was difficult to open last week? Because of friction?
P : Yeah!
M : I saw aunty putting oil on it. And it was smooth.
P : That’s what we are going to do too. Let’s clean this up and put some oil on it
M : And I can finally ride it! yay! Science girl to the rescue!
Meenu is trying to create a fire by rubbing rocks together. Science girl stumbles upon her.
P: HI Meenu! What are you doing?
M: I am going to make a fire.
M: Do you know how early men created fire? By rubbing rocks together.
P : Yeah! Do you remember friction, Meenu ?
M : Yeah. That’s what creates the fire you know here.I read up all about it.
M : When the rocks rub up against each other, there is friction and see, its hot because friction has an heating effect. But this is taking a long time to catch fire.
P : oh! That’s because this is not the kind of stone that would produce fire. You might get a spark, that’s all.
N : You couldn’t have said that sooner!
Paru and Laks are hanging out.
P : Let me show you some magic, Laks!
L : Okay! What do I do?
P : Take a scale and some bits of paper.
L : Okie. I’ve got it.
P : Now rub the scale on your head and bring it to the bits of paper.
The paper stands up and is attracted towards the scale.
L : Wow! How does this work?
P: When you rubbed the scale on your head, it ended up with more electrons and became negatively charged. And when you brought the scale closer to the paper, it attracted the paper which didn’t have as many electrons and so is positively charged. Positive attracts negative and negative attracts positive.
L : Is that why my flyaway hairs stand up after brushing?
P : Exactly!
L : That was a neat trick, Science girl!
Setting : It’s a dark and stormy night. There is lightning and thunder and the girls are on each of their beds, a little scared with each bolt of lightning flashing through the window.
Jo : I can hear the wind howling. There is another flash. And now the thunder will roar!
Do you think this will go on the whole night?
P : Maybe so, Maybe not. Do you know why thunder comes after the lightning?
Jo : I think it has to do with speed. Maybe the speed of light is more than sound. That’s probably why we see the flashes first and then hear the thunder later.
P : Exactly. Light has a speed of 300 million metres per second but sound only has 340 metre per second. Do you know how lighting comes about though
Jo : No, go on, science girl. I know you want to explain!
P : Up in the sky, air molecules, water droplets and even ice crystals in thunder clouds rub against each other creating positive and negative charges. Then they attract each other. Sometimes, this attractive force is so strong that they push through the air to get to each other and you have lightning!
Jo : So it’s electrostatic force at action, pulling the charges together to make lightning. That is beautiful, you know.
P : Yep. There are so many forces out there ruling over nature. It’s beautiful to know how they work in things we do every day, even when we are at play, at work or just sitting simply. That is why I love science. If you know the right things, you can take them and use them to solve your everyday problems and make the world better for everyone. It’s amazing. That’s why I want to do Science.