A large number of school students thronged the science exhibition organised by ‘The Hindu in Schools’, in association with QED-Centre for the Art of Science, on the theme ‘Encouraging a scientific bent of mind and critical thinking in students’ at E.M.G. Yadava Women’s College here on Friday.
Inaugurating the exhibition, A.C. Abraham, Vice-Principal of The American College, said, “Science has always been a demystifying experience. The ability to ask critical questions and follow them up with a systematic plan of inquiry seeking right answers advances the scientific thoughts and it has made us what we are today.”
Scientific approach had ignited minds, kept life afresh and supported the rapid progress man had made through the ages, he said, and added: “The quest for knowledge has helped us understand the basic constructs better and the drive for expeditions and explorations has led us to inventions and discoveries.”
Forty science projectsfrom various fields of physics, chemistry and biology were exhibited at the exhibition.
Around 80 student volunteers from E.M.G. Yadava Women’s College demonstrated the scientific concepts to the school students.
K. Suresh, a Class VIII student of Sri Gopalasamy Krishnan Higher Secondary School, was excited to learn various concepts of physics with working demonstrations under one roof. “The demonstrations on heat conductivity, pendulums, conductors and insulators are very interesting and easy to learn,” he said. For R.A. Sashti Amar, a Class VI student of Mahatma Matriculation Higher Secondary School in K.K. Nagar, and his friends, the collection of rocks was what they liked the most.
The venue partner of the event was E.M.G. Yadava Women’s College. Students of Classes VI to VIII and staff members from more than 25 schools visited the exhibition.
A Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) workshop was also conducted for science teachers with QED Learning Methodologies.