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Kindling the scientific spirit in young minds

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LEARNING BY DOING: A student explaining the harmful effects of industrialisation. — Photo: K. V. Srinivasan.
LEARNING BY DOING: A student explaining the harmful effects of industrialisation. — Photo: K. V. Srinivasan.

‘Do not consume junk food' – the message constantly drilled into youngsters by every adult – was proved by Zabiullah Khan, a Class VI student of Unity Public School.

Demonstrating his project on the harmful effects of soft drinks and packaged salted snacks, he pointed to a change in colour of a litmus paper. “This colour change indicates the acidity of the drink and therefore consumption of soft drinks is harmful for the digestive system,” he said. An array of colourful exhibits that depict the harmful consequences of pollution, industrialisation and oil-spill were on display at the two-day state-level ‘OMEIAT Science fair' organised by the organisation of Muslim Educational Institutions and Associations of Tamil Nadu (OMEIAT) and Unity Public School, here on Sunday. More than 175 budding science enthusiasts explained the hypotheses, principles, results and inference from their experiments. This is not a ‘science exhibition' which is usually limited to exhibiting facts and models, but a ‘science fair' that kindles young minds and encourages them to think like scientists, said Qazi S. Azher, additional director, The Flint Area Science Fair in the US, who was also instrumental in initiating this fair. The ‘paper windmill' demonstrates that wind is a source of energy which can be harnessed. Similarly, we can produce biogas from kitchen waste,” said chief guest R. Christodas Gandhi, Chairman and Managing Director, Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency(TEDA).

Students were judged under various the categories including life sciences, physical sciences and environmental sciences. Students above Class IV from nearly 25 schools participated.

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