Teachers and parents should focus on identifying scientific aptitude among children and nurture it with timely support and encouragement, said A.N. Patil, Additional Commissioner, Department of Public Instruction (DPI).

Presiding over the inaugural session of the four-day district-level INSPIRE award workshop, held at the District Institute of Education and Training (DIET) here on Wednesday,

Mr. Patil said children should be encouraged to develop interest in basic sciences. Scientific research offered attractive career opportunities and children should be encouraged to tap them, he said.

INSPIRE

The DPI had initiated the ISPIRE award to help children explore their hidden scientific talents.

Students were provided opportunities to prepare science models of their choice under the guidance of teachers. Later the models are put on display at the district-level exhibition, where children would get a chance to explain their models to visitors, he said.

Inaugurating the programme, zilla panchayat member T. G. Balannavar said such events would inspire children to become innovators in the field of science.

Scientific development was necessary for the overall progress of any country, he said.

The department officials said that of the 508 children enrolled, 504 children and their teachers attended and exhibited their science models on Wednesday. The remaining were expected to arrive in the next three days.

The students whose models were selected for the district-level award would get an opportunity to compete in the divisional level. The divisional-level winners will then take part in the State-level competitions to be held in Bangalore, officials said.

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