Children and Students had a joyful learning experience at the Science Fun Mela held at the Lok Virsa Museum in Islamabad
Two-day “Scientific Activities for Children and Students” were organized by ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF), in collaboration with Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF), LearnOBots, Indus Cultural Forum (ICF) and Lok Virsa Museum of Pakistan at the Lok Virsa Museum, Islamabad on 16-17 February 2019. The event was a part of Pakistan Mother Languages Literature Festival (MLLF) - 2019. ECOSF has continued to support these scientific activities during the MLLF every year since 2017. The main objective of the idea of organizing Scientific Activities for Children and Students during the MLLF-2019 was to inculcate among children the urge for learning science around us and in the universe; so as to promote Science Culture in the country.
During the event, the interactive scientific activities (demonstration + hands-on) were performed with active participation of children, students and adults which included Maze Challenge, Dino Jump, 3D Printer, Solar House, Catch the mouse Game, Makey Makey Piano, Robo Soccer, AC Trainer, Catch the Fruits Game, Obstacle Avoidance Robot, Planetarium Show and Scientific Mobile Bus, etc. The latest technologies such as Robotics and 3D Printing were part of the activities.
A large number of the children, students and general public attended the activities which was very encouraging. The participants enthusiastically participated in the activities where they learnt new concepts about robotics, 3D printing and astronomy etc. The kids and young students had a joyful experience and they were thrilled to learn about emerging technologies with their active participation in the event.
President ECOSF Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro participated as one of the panelists in one of the sessions titled “What We Are Not Writing?” during the MLLF-2019. Amongst others distinguished speakers of the session were Mr. Khalid Suhail, Ms. Nargis Sultana and Mr. Abid Mir. The session was moderated by Mr. Farnood Alam. Prof. Soomro stressed that science promotion must be part of cultural festivals so as to promote a scientific culture. Science literature, poetry on science concepts and story-telling in mother languages could play an important role in stimulating the interest of general public and young children to increase their scientific literacy.
Following are some glimpses of the activities: