Preparing a Science Fair project is an excellent example of what education experts call ‘active learning’ or ‘enquiry-based learning’. It is a very effective instructional method, so much so that it is recommended as a cornerstone of successful Science teaching. The ‘Science Fair,’ from CISAK to NAISAK, is testament to the evolution of our students’ knowledge, confidence, speaking skills and scientific enquiry. The first ever Science Fair was held in 2012 and had only 16 students participating in it. For the first time this year, following last year’s success and overcrowded gym, the Secondary School had their very own Science Fair. There were 40 exhibits with nearly 90 students involved in the event. Students had worked hard taking up the ownership of their research, set up and displays for their respective project.
So, how different was it from last year’s event? The experiments and projects were incredibly interesting to the audience as they all related to what children use or come across in daily life. They were extremely varied and offered deeper insights into the scientific world than past years as they reflected the maturity of the students’ scientific skills. To name a few, NAISAK classmates from the Primary School and the Foundation Stage had the opportunity to explore more about the hydraulic arm, the liquid battery, the bubble machine, the magic of Science, the pinhole camera, and much more.
Although a panel of teachers from all years judged the event, the most rewarding moment for the participants was to stand up and explain their learning, together with the initial obstacles and failures, to their juniors and of course their teachers.
Here are some of the thoughts shared by participants/teachers/parents and the Primary School students:
“Vishaka (Sivamani, 7A) had amazing presentation skills. She adapted her vocabulary to suit the F2 children and made her experiment interactive to engage the learners.” Ms Lovell, FS2 Teacher.
“Children were confident in conducting and explaining their experiments. It was clear that a lot of work had gone into the event both in school and outside of school. There was a wide range of experiments. It would be nice if there were more interactive experiments for children and adult to take part in.” Mr Livesley, Y6 Teacher.
“Students have used scientific terms and have presented their experiment in an excellent way. They were excited and very happy to present their project. It is a huge improvement from previous year! I hope it continues to be organised every year.” Mother of Kavya Amarasinghe, 8N.
“The experiments did not fail, they really worked well. Students explained the Science behind them and spoke very well.” Paari Kabilan, 6I.
“I liked all the experiments. Faseeh liked the layout of the tables in the gym. We both feel there should have been experiments with chemical explosion!!” Faseeh Zia and Andrei Tilica, 6A.
“We had a great opportunity to explore the world of hydraulics. Though we failed countless times, we were determined never to give up.” Fatima Imran 9N, Sharmita Sivam 9A and Nur Tasneem Samsuddin 9A (participants).
“We worked our best on our experiment, we almost gave up but we decided to be ambitious and explored different aspects of Science. After many failed trials, our experiment became a success.” Ardini Wan Edrin and Shesha Taylor, 9A (participants).
“I did not know that the Science Fair would be so much fun. I regret missing the opportunity this year. However, next year, I will be waiting to participate. I am already looking forward to it!” Khalid Al Hemaidi, 9N.
After much debate and based on a list of strict criteria, the Science teachers and the Secondary Team are sincerely pleased to announce the winners of the Secondary School Science Fair 2017:
Fatima Imran 9N, Sharmita Sivam 9A and Nur Tasneem Samsuddin 9A - FIRST
Arva Rajesh Mane 8A and Kavya Amarasinghe 8N - SECOND
Marc Ato 9N and Sharvez Sivam 9N - THIRD
The students’ dedication to their Science studies and to promoting Science learning across the school will be met with exciting learning-conducive rewards!