IIT Gandhinagar organises science awareness week for students of Classes 11, 12
More than 800 school students and teachers from the Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar region are expected to participate in the programme that will go on till February 25, 2022.
School students take part in science awareness programme at IIT Gandhinagar.
The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Gandhinagar started a week-long science awareness programme for students of Classes 11 and 12. More than 800 school students and teachers from the Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar region are expected to participate in the science awareness week activities that will go on till February 25, 2022.
Event part of ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’
The event is part of the Government of India’s ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ to commemorate 75 years of Independence and is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), under the scheme STUTI (Synergistic Training program Utilising the Scientific and Technological Infrastructure).
Promoting STEM learning
The institute has also arranged several hands-on activities for visiting school students with an aim to popularise STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) learning and inspire them to pursue careers in various fields of STEM. Students get to see various scientific demonstrations such as fire without matchstick, production of oxygen, disappearing styrofoam, non-Newtonian fluids using corn-flour, explosion of ping pong balls using liquid nitrogen, demonstration of earthquake building models, etc.
Nearly 200 students along with their teachers visited IIT Gandhinagar on February 22 under the programme. Aastha Rawat, a 12 student from Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Gandhinagar, said, “I enjoyed this visit to IITGN and various labs. We could see so many scientific demonstrations in-person and learnt a lot.
Uzma Khan, a Chemistry teacher from Kendriya Vidyalaya 1, Gandhinagar, said, “It is important for students to see that science can be so interesting and exciting when learnt outside textbooks. It can ignite students’ curiosity and motivate them to explore more.”
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