Science fair begins today

Staff Reporter
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Competitions from Tuesday; 10,000 students to take part

The stage is set for a colourful start to the 46th edition of the State school science fair at Government Vocational Higher Secondary School, Meenchanda, here on Monday.

Education Minister P.K. Abdu Rabb will open the five-day fair, which will showcase the scientific skills of the students.

No formal competitions will be held on the inaugural day.

The State-level event will begin with Director of Public Instruction A. Shajahan hoisting the science fair flag at 9 a.m. The district-wise registration of contestants will begin at the respective counters by 10.30 a.m.

Arrangements have been made to accommodate nearly 10,000 students at various places in the city. A 10-member panel of teachers will take care of the accommodation in selected schools. A list of hospitals is ready with the Education Department to provide timely medical care to the students in case of emergency.

The five-day event will pick up steam on Tuesday with the start of the work experience fair, mathematics fair, Kerala special school work experience fair, vocational expo, and social science fair. Final arrangements are on to set up four venues at Government Vocational Higher Secondary School, Meenchanda; R.K. Mission Higher Secondary School, Meenchanda; NSS Higher Secondary School, Meenchanda; and Government Higher Secondary School, Cheruvannur.

Special training

Deputy Director of Public Instructions V.K. Saralamma said this year’s fair would provide a great opportunity to outstanding students to present their findings before the National Innovation Foundation (NIF). “They will be given special training for this, and the department has signed a bond of Rs.1.45 lakh with a private agency for the purpose,” she said.

Changes in fair manual

Taking into account contestants’ plea, the Education Department has amended some of the provisions in the science fair manual. A major amendment is related to the cash award for the winners. If there are more than one first prize winners in a contest, all of them will be awarded the same amount. It replaces the conventional practice of dividing the cash award equally among the winners.

Similarly, some of the terms and conditions related to students who take part in the fair with appeal have been amended for more transparency in the conduct of the event.

Officials said the fair would be conducted with the support of a panel of 600 expert judges from the science and technology field. Those who come first and second in the science fair would be shortlisted to represent the State in the Southern India Science Fair organised by the Visveswaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, Bangalore, and the Education Departments of various South Indian States.

  • Top students can present their ideas before NIF

  • There will be maths, social science, work experience fairs




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