Faisalabad’s largest two-day science festival for schoolchildren kicked off on Thursday at the University of Agriculture Expo Centre, aimed at igniting a spark for science and discovery among students in the region, and to promote better quality of learning available in government schools.

The festival has been organised by District Deputy Commissioner Salman Ghani, Additional Deputy Commissioner General Khalid Farooka, Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industries, District Education Authority Faisalabad, District Government Faisalabad, Roshan Kinara and Pakistan Alliance for Maths and Science.

On its first day, the festival attracted a massive attendance of over 6,000 students from nearly 200 government and private schools of Faisalabad district. Teachers, entrepreneurs, science specialists, and government officials attended the festival where students exhibited more than 255 science models displaying their passion for science and technology, and introduced innovative concepts to the visitors. The festival witnessed an exceptionally large participation of girls’ schools which was a source of optimism for the organisers in growth of STEM fields by women.

Interactive displays and live experiments, some of which involved robotics, sensors for disabled children, smart lighting control systems, fabric defect detector, nutrient detector, security doors and soap bubble generators were conducted by students of both government and private schools.

A group of students from a private school created a mini-drone that could carry medicines and aid packages to a person in need over a range of a few kilometers. Their wish was for hospitals and care providers to adopt the technology in medical emergencies in Pakistan. Students from National Textile University Faisalabad displayed their fashion and lifestyle products that they had created from recycled waste and encouraged visitors to adopt a greener lifestyle.

Eight science organizations from across Pakistan including Sabaq, AZ Corp, Science Fuse, Pakistan Science Foundation, Khwarizmi Science Society, Stem Visions, Learn-O-Bots and Lahore Astronomy Society also participated in the festival.

Over the centuries, wider curricular adoption of math and science has proven vital to empowerment of nations and helped their citizens earn higher incomes and resultantly boost economies. On the same lines, studies of math and science is integral to Pakistan’s prospects for economic growth.

Such events that have interactive displays of theories of science in action can help instil a spirit of discovery in students and provide them an enabling environment to pursue and absorb high-quality learning.

The fair is open to all and will conclude tomorrow (Friday).

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