The world of water at Curiosity science fair
TNN / Updated : Sep 2, 2013, 03:15 IST
BANGALORE: It was a hands-on chance for students to explore the extraordinary world of science. To help them "understand how to do science", Gopalan International School held Curiosity Science Fair in association with Curiosity, an organization headed by Dr Sukanya Sinha, Dr Utpal Chattopadhyay and Dr Shonali Chinniah.
The topics ranged from properties of water, weight and water pressure, conductivity, the history of water use, water in interstellar space, tornadoes and whirlpools, animal distribution in oceans and estuaries, effect of water pressure on animals, and much more.
The science fun fair had five zones of activities. Two zones had over 20 experiments each, with materials and models that kids can replicate at home. One zone had posters related to the water world. The 'WOW' zone demonstrated amazing experiments that can be done with water. Bubbles, the space water occupies, the secret behind the pressure cooker, the Styrofoam cup were part of several experiments.
The video zone revealed different types of life forms in the water world. Each zone had a wrap-up session of questions and answers with the educators.
Science Fair at Gopalan International School
Updated on Monday Sept, 2013
"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand." ~Albert Einstein
At GIS, students are guided to become creative problem solvers. In order to achieve this,we keep introducing new methods and resources that not only enhance a better teaching
atmosphere but also creates a new way of learning which appeals to our students at all levels. Students are engaged in an exciting way of gaining new knowledge and fulfill their curiosity. We believe that curiosity and creativity go hand in hand to attain higher knowledge and understanding of any simple or complex concepts. Any form of teaching in any subject is not just a field of facts or theory, but it begins with “why ”, “ how ”, “ when ”, “ where ”…. etc. Exploring the extraordinary world of science can be fun. And "understanding how to do science" is an underlying theme in all our classroom sessions.
Keeping this in mind, Gopalan International School conducted a science fun fair in association with an organization – “ CURIOUSCITY ”, which conducts educational science workshops in libraries and schools around Bengaluru.
The “CURIOUSCITY”, organization has been created and designed by Dr. Sukanya Sinha, Dr. Utpal Chattopadhayay and Dr. Shonali Chinniah, with Ph.d's in Physics. They use materials that children can easily access at home so they can go back and experiment and try things out. Topics covered range from properties of water (melting, boiling, freezing points), water weight and water pressure, water conductivity, the history of water use, water in interstellar space, tornados and whirlpools, animal distribution in the oceans and estuaries, effect of water pressure on animals, and much more.
The “CURIOUSITY” Science Fair had 5 zones of activities. Some of which were completely hands-on. Two zones had over 20 experiments each with materials and models that kids can replicate at home. One zone consisted of posters related to amazing water world. The “WOW” zone demonstrated amazing experiments that can be done with water. The video zone showed students different types of life forms in the water world. Students spent around 25 minutes in each zone. Each zone had a wrap up session of questions and answers with the educators.
Almost every kid loves to blow bubbles – and wishes that their bubbles don’t pop or evaporate so quickly! At the science fair one of the activities involved blowing bubbles. Pieces of drinking straws were joined together in various shapes to make bubbles .This activity was performed to determine how to make the bubbles last longer .The task given to them was to create multiple bubbles inside one another. They further explored the wonders of how nature works with waves in a bottle, a fun science experiment and learning game. Students discovered how and why water behaves under different circumstances. The children, who did this experiment for the first time, underestimated the power of space occupied by water. Children were asked to make a guess on how many drops can fit on a coin. Most students were surprised to find out that the number is more than what they have guessed. They also learnt that how a water droplet can act as a simple magnifier. The pressure cooker is Mom's secret weapon when it comes to making that savory stew in less than an hour. This amazing device is also the kitchen scientist's favorite tool for subjecting ordinary things to high pressure to see what happens. The next experiment was conducted on a Styrofoam cup. Under extremely high pressure, will the cup expand, contract, melt or turn into a cute little puppy. Students were awe struck when they found out the result of this experiment. They were over enthusiastic when they got the chance to do all these experiments one by one on their own .These experiments and many more conducted in the school premises was the best opportunity for them to learn science hands-on, and to teach others what they learnt !!
The idea to conduct the science fair in the school was fun, incredibly effective and worthwhile way of assessing what the students have learnt and building deeper learning experiences for them. They were highly motivated till the end to ask questions. Thus, maintaining the spark of curiosity, which will help them to encounter any level of difficulties now or later in the classroom or beyond.
The world we live in today would no doubt be a different place if it weren't for the amazing discoveries produced by famous scientists. Their ideas, research, experiments, publications and determination were the reasons to explore world of science that is so known to us now. Albert Einstein changed the world of science with his brilliant work in theoretical physics. His theories, equations and ideas became the stuff of legend and his image is known around the world. He was the inspiration to those who followed his footsteps. In every child there is a young scientist. At GIS we help the young scientists of our school to discover science in a very real way. By introducing extremely engaging science fair conducted by “Curiouscity” organization, we achieved our goals. The goal of making each and every student of our school to be become super performers and super thinkers!!