Science relates to our daily life and everything that happens around is according to the laws, whether of physics, chemistry, biology or other branches of science. The food we eat, the clothes we wear, the transport we use, and the ways we communicate today, all are outcomes of science and technology.
Unfortunately, here in Pakistan, a majority of students have a hard time with science subjects due to lack of skilled science teachers and an appropriate way of teaching. Here, the majority of science teachers are inexperienced and try to explain science concepts in a manner that makes them hard to comprehend. More often than not the school projects assigned to the students hardly meet the criteria of scientific research.
Our educational system emphasizes only on covering the syllabus and hence completely fails to build curiosity of learning in our kids. However, science activities unleash the creativity of the kids, encourage them to think outside the box, solve problems, explain their ideas, and bring out the results. STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) focuses on the overall development of the kid’s mind in every sphere of knowledge.
Conceptually, a science project is something very straightforward, in which a student chooses a scientific question he or she is curious about. Then, library and internet research gives the student the background information about that question that students need to formulate a hypothesis and design an experiment. Later they investigate, draw a conclusion, and display their result with confidence.
Science fair is a popular form of STEM activity which provides a genuine platform where students display their research ideas, models, and projects and get a chance to unveil their hidden talent in front of their friends, teachers, parents, and the general public who visit the fair. At the same time, it contributes to the social and mental development of students and breeds healthy competition among the students of different schools. The science fair is a source of great inspiration and encouragement toward making science easy, interesting, useful, and popular for the layman.
Khwarizmi Science Society is a non-profit volunteer organization, aiming to promote practical and theoretical science in an easy and accessible manner to all, whether kids, youngsters or adults. This society has conducted around 400 science events around the country which include two consecutive science fairs in 2017 and 2018 in Lahore. These events got an overwhelming response of the public and were widely covered by national and international media.
In 2019, Lahore Science Mela is coming up with a thematically sectioned festival with active exhibitions will be focused on the wonders of chemistry including elements, minerals, compounds, mining, and major industrial processes. The other sets of exhibits will be divided into several parts such as life sciences, wildlife flora and fauna, AI and electronics, mineral and agricultural resources and space sciences,
Lahore Science Mela 2019
As 2019 is declared as the International Year of the Periodic Table, a special focus on materials, chemistry, and the elements are drawn. The ultimate aim of the event is to welcome the people of Lahore and beyond to explore the scientific discoveries and milestones in Pakistan. Many budding scientists and youngsters from various schools of the city and outside are going to exhibit their models, projects, active science shows and demonstrations at the event. Come and join the most exciting science event of the year on 12-13th October 2019 at Ali Institute of Education, Ferozepur Road, Lahore.
One Day science Workshop
A one-day school science mentorship workshop in collaboration of School Education Department (SED), Punjab, held on 16 Sep, at National Museum of Science and Technology, to ensure the participation of schools from all districts of Punjab in the upcoming Lahore Science Mela 2019. A total of 36 teams of young scientists and science teachers are being supervised by the science mentors of KSS under this science mentorship program.
In the workshop, the participants briefed on science communication techniques, experimentation, and presentation to the public by Dr. Hira Khalid, Lalah Rukh of Science Fuse and Dr. Mustafa. It was a brilliant, informative and motivating day for the participants going to perform in the upcoming Lahore Science Mela on 12-13 October.
The Dynamic and Energetic team Scientia.