With the importance of science dwindling in India, CBSE honoured students who represented India at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) held in Arizona.
Organised by Intel, ISEF is an international forum for the promotion of science, encouraging children from all across the world to explore the field of science and harness their scientific temper.
At the national level, Intel in association with the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and Department of Science and Technology (DST) has been organising the Initiative for Research & Innovation in Science (IRIS) since 2006. Schools belonging to various boards and from different regions of the country, gear up each year, helping their students to conjure mind boggling science projects.
This year, over 2000 science projects were seen in the Fair, of which 6 projects represented team India at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the world’s largest pre-college science fair, and the only global science competition for students in grades 8-12. Bringing together more than 1500 young students from more than 70 countries, Intel ISEF 2013 presents an opportunity for the best young minds in the world to come together to share ideas, showcase cutting-edge projects, and compete for more than US $3mn in awards and scholarships.
CBSE Chairman, Vineet Joshi, overwhelmed after learning about the par-excellence projects of the children, said – “Science is everywhere. It is omnipresent. It is saddening to see that children these days lack innovation due to dearth of time and over-emphasis on marks. It is essential for our schools to promote science in order to ensure scientific development and temper. Intel is doing such great work for the children and the country.”
Participants from Amity International, Mayur Vihar stated how preparing how CCE made it easier for them to prepare their project. “CCE gave us enough time to carry on research for our project along with studying for board exams. Since CCE assesses a student at regular intervals, the portions to study are small, thus reducing pressure on us.”
CBSE is now looking at ways to sensitise teachers in CBSE affiliated schools to promote scientific innovation amongst students. CBSE Director, Training and Academics, Dr. Sadhana Parashar said, “Schools need encouragement. They need to shift from the rote learning and focus on marks and need to learn in the real sense of the term.”
Students from La Martinere Kolkata, Amity International, Mayur Vihar, Citizens High School, Bangalore and DAV Public School, Bhubanehswar took ingenious projects to ISEF ranging from cancer detection software to artificial ripening detection kits etc.
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