Life is Fun (LiF), science education programme of Agami Education Foundation (AEF) organised its first ever science fair at the premises of Bangladesh Mahila Samity (BMS) Saturday, February 17. LiF Science Fair 2018 was a day-long event where a total of 17 innovative projects were presented by around 80 students from six different Agami directed schools in Dhaka.
LiF is a non-formal approach of teaching science in elementary level with an aim to resuscitate interest in science among rural students through fun and play and hands on simple activities. The first phase of the project (phase I) was implemented in 2015. It is a compilation of eight science lessons on the topics water, air, light, heat, energy, plant and animal kingdom, pollution and the universe; all being part of the current national curriculum.
The participating schools were – Aalok Shishu Shikkhaloy, BMS Primary School, Nandipara Primary School, Pearabag Primary School, Shurerdhara Pathshala and Shohag Swapnadhara Pathshala. The main purpose of the event was to generate interest in science education and channel creativity and curiosity into innovation. Ms. Nafisa Khanam, Executive Director of AEF, was present as special guest while Dr. Zeba Islam Seraj, Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular, University of Dhaka, spoke as the chief guest and inaugurated the event. AEF executive committee members, staffs and donor representatives were also present during the occasion.
The science projects created by the students were judged in three categories - grade 3, 4 and 5 - by a four-member judging panel who have widely-respected knowledge, interest and experience in science topics and events.
Aalok secured first position among grade 4 and 5 category while host BMS won grade 3 category. Nandipara, Shohag Swapnadhara and Shurerdhara were placed runners-up in grade 3, 4 and 5 respectively.
Followed by a cultural programme by the participating students, guests and judges distributed the prizes among the winners. Prizes and certificates were also given for participation to all students. Among the highlights of the event were water purification filter, negative effect of pollution and smoking, examining characteristics of air, biogas plant prototype and environment friendly agriculture to reduce pollutions.
The students, teachers, guests and parents/guardians enjoyed the atmosphere and wished for the continuation of the science fair in the coming years.
LiF Science Fair 2018 has been successful in offering an opportunity to showcase their talent and enthusiasm. The event has also been significant for LiF team to evaluate and analyse impact for review and improve content and design.