Pavara Rakhith talks about planets and dinosaurs
By Kusumanjalee Thilakarathna
Pavara Rakhith Hettiarachchi is a seven-year-old boy from Vidura College who dreams of becoming a scientist when he grows up. He says he likes to conduct his own experiments, learn new facts, and explore nature. He has a younger brother – Hirumitha Sasnidu – who is only two years old. Pavara says his brother is still too young to help him with his science projects and sometimes he has to be extra careful to make sure his brother will not accidentally destroy his projects. Pavara loves to learn about planets, dinosaurs, and the globe.
Q: Pavara, can you tell us more about yourself?
A: My name is Pavara Rakhith Hettiarachchi. I study at Vidura College and I am in grade four. I live in Battaramulla. I love to eat pizza. My favourite country is America. I have many best friends; they are Tihan, Senul, Kenuth, and Binev. I want to become a scientist when I am older.
Q: What are your hobbies?
A: Playing with LEGO bricks, collecting Hot Wheels, learning about robots, planes, cars, and different things, reading, and playing with my malli (younger brother). I love to learn about science and technology.
Q: Why do you want to become a scientist?
A: I am curious about everything. I like building things, experimenting, and studying things in nature, rockets, and the human body. I love to learn about how technology came to be.
Q: You said that planets are one of your favourite things to learn about. What can you tell us about planets?
A: Yes, I love to learn about planets. Eight planets orbit the Sun. The closest planet to the Sun is Mercury, and the farthest away is Neptune. The biggest planet is Jupiter, and the smallest planet is Mercury. The Earth is the only planet that we know that has living creatures on it.
Q: What is your favourite planet and why do you like it?
A: Mars is my favourite planet. I like it because there are some stories about aliens on Mars. The Olympus Mons is also on Mars. The planet is red and it is my favourite colour. Mars has two moons.
Q: Do you think aliens are real?
A: No. I don’t believe aliens are real. No scientists have found any solid proof to say that there are aliens out there. All we hear are stories about them; no one has really seen them.
Q: You also said you like dinosaurs.
A: Yes. My favourite is the T. rex. He is fierce and he is the king of the dinosaurs. He only ate meat and was very strong. Unfortunately, they all went extinct as a big meteor hit planet Earth billions of years ago.
Q: What do you learn using your new globe?
A: I learn about countries and where they are located. Sometimes, when I find out about new countries, I try to read about them and learn new things about those countries. It’s really fun.
Q: What can you tell us about your brother?
A: He is only two years old so he can’t play most of the games that I play. But we sometimes play hide and seek or some simple games. He likes to ride his toy car. I love him a lot and I always make sure that he is safe.
Q: Who are your biggest supporters?
A: My father and my mother. They help me with everything that I do.
Q: What is your favourite subject in school?
A: I love mathematics. I am waiting for the school to start teaching us science. We still don’t have the subject.
Q: Why do you like mathematics?
A: I have heard that many scientists use mathematics in scientific discoveries and for the calculations that are needed. From what I have heard, it’s a subject you need to know for anything that you do.
Q: Why do you like LEGO bricks so much?
A: It gives me a chance to build anything that I like, from planes to cars. It is very interesting to me.
Q: What do you want to do when you become a scientist?
A: I want to experiment and build new things. I want to make useful things.