GUJCOST to add another 1000 new science clubs this year
Ahmedabad, 5 July 2012
Gujarat Council on Science & Technology (GUJCOST), working under the aegis of the Department of Science & technology, Government of Gujarat is all set to establish a total of 2000 science clubs in schools to promote scientific thinking among the children and the community members across the state.
As a part of Swarnim Goal during 2010-11, GUJCOST had established 1000 science clubs in different districts. During this year, the council will add another 1000 new science clubs preferably in the rural areas for the promotion and popularization of science and technology at community level.
About the idea of Science Club
Science and Technology can bring great wonders. It can transform grains of sand into micro chips, which are the brains behind our computes. 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 Gujarat, both in rural and urban areas of the state who are the part of the School Science Clubs to explore the unexplored.
The Science Club has a specific objectives as it aims to explain, exhibit and demonstrate scientific activities and to induct observational, logical and analytical approach among school students. More over, 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.
The school science clubs are being established by the Community Science Centers located at each of the districts. GUJCOST has been designed and developed an activity kit for the science club which can be used by the club members to understand the science and to feel its excitement.
Secondary School is an important phase of life where young students define their identity. By joining science clubs that expand his or her 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 a teen into a young adult.
School Science Clubs are important, make no mistake. They give kids something to do after school, and give them something to look forward too.
Science has an important role in our day to day life. So there’s a need create interest and positive activities towards science. The significant method to create interest is to answer everyone’s queries related to science with the help of activities.
Orientation programme at Gujarat Science City
The Gujarat Council on Science & Technology (GUJCOST) is organizing a State Level Orientation Programme on Science Clubs tomorrow, on 6th July 2012 at Science City.
About 50 Science Communicators from all the Community Science Centers are invited to participate in the program.
(inputs from Shri Narottam Sahu, senior scientist, Science City Ahmedabad)
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