City’s Science Score

City’s Science Score

In January, when we informed you about city-based NGO Jidnyasa’s appointment as the State Organising Agency (SOA) by National Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC), we promised to keep you updated on the Children’s Science Congress 2004. In keep with the promise, here’s the update.

The results of the district level round for this year’s congress were declared recently and 78 projects were selected out of 230 entries from the Thane District (the highest in the state). 12 of these 78 projects are from rural areas.

15 of the 78 projects are from Thane district, eight of which are from Thane city alone. This year’s theme is "Use of Water Resources for bright future". After the district level, the projects have two more elimination rounds, before the nationals – the regional level and the state level. This year, the state level contest will be held on 3rd and 4th December at Kolhapur.

The topics of the projects that have been selected from our city schools are evidence of the talent that our city has. (See table) Surendra Dighe, the managing trustee of Jidnyasa, is confident of a good performance from Thane kids. "With every subsequent year, the quality of the projects is improving. Last year, seven students from Maharahstra reached the final round (the highest among all states), three of which were from Thane. I see no reason why our city children will not make us proud again," says Dighe

Because this year has been declared as the "Year of Scientific Awareness" by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, we hope that students from Thane will repeat their wonderful feat at the National Science Congress. From the performance so far, the prospects look encouraging. On behalf of the residents of Thane, we wish the city-students the very best for their next round of the National Science Congress.

Meanwhile, watch this space for updates on the performance of city students as the Science Congress reaches its culmination between December 27 and December 31, 2004 at Guwahati.

Project Title Name of Student Class School
Rain Water Harvesting from Terrace Water Chaitra Pavgi VIII Saraswati Secondary School
Water Purification using biotechnology Ruccha Vakharia IX Srirang Vidyalaya
Water and Hygiene – Diseases from Water Sharvari Joshi IX Saraswati Secondary School
Water Conservation in Society Tanks Sai Apte VII Saraswati Secondary School
How to save water Kaushik Kamble VIII Savitridevi Chirani Vidyalaya
Use of Saline Water for Agriculture Sonia Karapurkar IX A K Joshi
Back to roots (How to water plants/crops?) Manali Bagavde VIII Saraswati Vidyaprasarak Trust’s School
Does water become stale? Amrita Kamble VII Dr Bedekar Vidyamandir

Children’s Science Congress
Organised by the National Council for Science & Technology Communication (NCSTC), the Children’s Science Congress is the unique opportunity for children of all backgrounds and from all over the country to use their scientific attitude and talents. The major objectives of the programme include: (i) to provide a forum for the children to pursue their national curiosity and quench their thrust for creativity, (ii) to effect a change in the way science is taught and learned in our schools, by relating the learning process to the physical and social environment around and (iii) to stimulate scientific temper through use and internalisation of the method of science i.e., conservation, collection of data, experimentation, analysis and then arriving at conclusions.

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