Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Gujarat kids to explore science at Science City.

Published: Saturday, Apr 21, 2012, 20:19 IST
By DNA Correspondent | Place: Ahmedabad | Agency: DNA
With vacations having started at schools, Science City has come up with a novel idea to engage the students in constructive work. It has organised a 30-day mission for 30 students, where they will get hands-on experience through various experiments.
The students have been chosen from all 26 districts of Gujarat.
The mission has been jointly organised by Gujarat Science City and Department of Biotechnology. “The kids will perform experiments like why certain plants have medicinal qualities etc,” said Narottam Sahoo, senior scientist at GSC. The children were selected after evaluation of their class IX marks and preliminary marks of class X.
During the inauguration ceremony, Dr HS Singh, IFS, PCCF (Social Forestry), Forest Department, government of Gujarat, said, “Science has been neglected in the country and it is through science that we can see our country becoming a world power.”
Addressing the students, Ravi Saxena, Addl. Chief Secretary, DST, Govt of Gujarat, encouraged the students to ask questions. He said, “Today, children have enough access to so much of information around them that they cannot be taught anything. They can use these 30 days to get explore subjects.”
The children will be divided into 10 groups and will be given a project to work on. On the basis of their project and experiences, the students will be awarded Vaigyanik Puraskar Yojana scholarship, which will be given by Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore.
Source: http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_gujarat-kids-to-explore-science-at-science-city_1678798

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