• Science clubs in western region to reach out to more school students in Ahmedabad
     August 21st, 2012     Kunal     Posted in Education In Gujarat, Gujarat in News

    Science and Technology can bring great wonders. It can transform grains of sand into micro chips, which are the brains behind our computer. It can be used in spacecraft they can travel billions of miles through the solar system to visual distant planets. Science can be used to produce antibiotics to fight deceases – this is the approach of thousands of young students in the country, both in rural and urban areas of the state who are the part of the School Science Clubs to explore the unexplored. Vigyan Prasar, working under the Dept of Science & Technology has a unique set up of Science Club across the country popularly known as Vigyan Prasar Network (VIPNET) Club. In order to orient the Western Indian states Science Club, Vigyan Prasar in association with Gujarat Science City is organized a three days regional workshop at Science City from August 20 to 22.

    About 100 Science Club coordinators of five states, namely, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Goa, Maharasthra, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu are invited to participate in the workshop. Inaugurating the three days workshop, Dr VB Kamble, former director of Vigyan Prasar explained that Science Club has specific objectives as it aims to explain, exhibit and demonstrate scientific activities and to induct observational, logical and analytical approach among school students.

    “Moreover, the activities and engagement in the science club will lead to create a scientific attitude among the young students which can inspire and encourage the students for their life-long learning,” he said. BK Tyagi, principal scientific officer, Vigyan Prasar, said that the workshop is designed to focus on understanding the importance of VIPNET Science Club and how to run a science club in a sustained way.

    Demonstrations of suggestive activities and on how to maintain record and write report of the club’s activities special session will also be organized. The three days workshop will design a roadmap for the science clubs to be a change maker in the coming years.

    Gujarat has more than 2000 science clubs both in rural and urban schools that play an important phase of life where young students define their identity. By joining science clubs students can expand their horizons, it helps define interests and allows bonding experiences for the future. Students have increased interpersonal skills, which help build healthy self-esteem. “By building a positive identity, students are less likely to seek negative bonding experiences that may cause serious trouble for him/her. Lasting and lifelong friendships made as a result of clubs and school activities allow for a healthy self-image to transition your teen into a young adult,” said Narottam Sahoo, senior scientist at Science City.