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The Vidya Vardhini School Science Fair was always a fun event. There were a lot of stalls, entertainment booths, and of course, food. There were two basic rules of thumb. One, students should be in charge of everything, and two, everything, including the amusement booths and refreshment stalls – had to have a scientific base.
Students, teachers, and even parents were invited to submit ideas for the event. Many parents not only provided ideas but also volunteered to assist. A committee of parents and teachers was formed to oversee the fair’s operations. Some student representatives were also appointed to the committee to provide them with first-hand experience handling large-scale programmes. The themes for the fair were Plants, Animals, Properties of Substances, Energy, Science in our Everyday Life, Latest News from the World of Science and Food and Nutrition. It was decided to allow 56 stalls in the Fair.
The young scientists started to gather information and the following step was to choose an exact activity for their stall. The linguistic teachers guided the young stallholders in ensuring the efficiency of their graphic and oral presentations. A list of guidelines was provided. The big day had finally arrived and Mr Gizare, the oldest science teacher in the school, inaugurated the fair. Mr Gizare was the one who came up with the concept of a ‘Science Fair’ 25 years ago.
Mr Gizare stressed the necessity of employing the scientific approach to obtain answers to concerns regarding the physical world. He was pleased to see the stalls, particularly those that demonstrated easy procedures for detecting food adulteration. He especially complimented the Clean Brigade, who had promised to keep the campus grounds spotless throughout the fair. They were well equipped with garbage cans, scoops, brooms and wipes.
A Few Highlights
The sixth standard children were handling the following stalls:
- Use of Kinetic Energy- The stall displayed the model of a watermill.
- Use of Potential Energy- The stall displayed a plastic motorboat model.
- Sound- Everyone enjoyed making simple string telephones at this stall and then using them.
- Electrostatic Energy- This stall was so popular, that additional help was needed to blow balloons as quickly as they were used up.
- Food Adulteration- Even the parents learnt something at this stall.
- Fun with Magnets- Visitors queued up to see the different types of magnets at work.
- Maintaining Machines- Some of the visitors made video clips of
- the presentation at this stall. It consisted of different children playing the roles of different machines.
Such fairs are essential boosters in the curriculum as they expose the children to engaging activities and give them a sense of responsibility. These fairs also create interest and provide practicality to the subject that is otherwise just taught in textbooks. Students, teachers, and parents must all organise such fairs and encourage children.