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|CBSE Science Exhibition 2012 on theme “Science, Society and Environment”|
|Friday, 04 May 2012 17:14|
The Central Board of Secondary Education has been taking many initiatives to provide interactive, participatory, hands-on, innovative and creative learning experiences to students studying in its affiliated schools. One such initiative refers to the organisation of Science Exhibitions at Regional and National levels every year. The activity aims at providing a common platform to schools, teachers and students to give shape to their innovate ideas and learn from each other’s experiences. These exhibitions also intend to provide a medium for popularising Science and increase awareness among the stakeholders about close relationship between Science, Technology and Society. The main objectives of organising Science exhibitions can be summarised as:
Taking into consideration the enthusiastic response from participating schools in the past, it has again been decided to organise Science exhibitions for the year 2012. These exhibitions are likely to be organised in different parts of the country at Regional level in the month of July/August and at National Level in the month of September/October,2012.
The main theme and sub-themes for this year’s exhibition are:
Main Theme : Science , Society and Environment
Sub-themes: The six sub-themes are:
The following key aspects of the exhibition may be kept in mind for participation:
(i) The participating school/team will have to bear all expenses related to participation in the event.
(ii) The participating school can put up a maximum of two exhibits/projects/models
(iii) A school team may be represented by a maximum of two students per exhibit and one escort Science Teacher.
(iv) The participating teams will have to make their own lodging/boarding arrangements at the venue city of exhibition
(v) The request for participation alongwith the enclosed registration form and fee is to be sent directly to the Respective Regional Officer and not to Headquarters Delhi.
(vi) The schools in Delhi region may send it to the Regional officer, Central Board of Secondary Education, PS-1-2, Insitutional Area, I.P. Extension, Patparganj, Delhi-110 092
(vii) The exhibit/model may be either
(a) A working model
(b) An investigation-based project
(viii) The exhibit/project may include
(ix) Every participating school will pay a participation fee of Rs.400/- in the form of a demand draft in favour of Regional Officer, CBSE payable at respective regional office city.
(x) The last date for registration for participation in the event is June 15, 2012.
(xi) The first stage of exhibition will be held at two/three different venues in every region.
(xii) The selected best fifteen exhibits/ schools at every regional level venue will be eligible to participate in the National level exhibition.
(xiii) The exhibits/projects will be assessed by the experts as per the following criteria:
(xiv) The actual dates for the regional level exhibition will be communicated through the Regional officers to every school as well as through CBSE website www.cbse.nic.in by July 15,2012.
(xv) Greater emphasis may be given to investigation-based innovative projects to kindle scientific method and scientific approach in the students.
(xvi) A brief write-up about the main-theme and sub-themes is enclosed for reference. The participating teams may prepare the exhibits/projects on any one of the sub-themes satisfying one or more of the stated parameters.
(xvii) Attractive awards/cash prizes are given to exhibits/students who present the best twenty models at the national level.
You may also send any specific suggestions or observations in this regard to the undersigned at the above e-mail address.
Guidelines for preparation of Exhibits and Models
Given below are number of ideas for designing the exhibits on different sub-themes in the context of the main theme. However, these ideas are only suggestive in nature. Participants are free to design exhibits based on other related ideas on the given sub-theme.
Sub Theme-1 Agriculture and Food Security
Agriculture, directly or indirectly, has been the main source of livelihood for majority of Indian population. One of the greatest assets in rural areas could be an intelligent and effective use of emerging technologies such as biotechnology, microbiology, genetic engineering, etc. The agricultural activities that lead to food production are no longer a subject of classical farming only. The modern agriculture cannot sustain itself without the support of research work done by scientists. With the help of science and technology, we can enhance our agricultural knowledge to achieve food security to reduce hunger, malnutrition and poverty, and facilitate equitable, environmentally, socially and economically sustainable development.
The exhibits/models in this sub-theme may pertain to:
Sub Theme-2 Energy- Resources and Conservation
After food and water; energy is our most basic need. All activities require energy to perform. Energy is an important concern that differentiates the global rich and the global poor. All conventional sources of energy are exhaustible. At the current rate of consumption, known reserves of petroleum will be exhausted in about 35 years, natural gases in about 50 years and coal sometime within 200 years. The great concern about energy is not about diminishing supplies. It is rather than our current models of harnessing energy that are unsustainable because of environmental, economic, geographical and equity issues. One of the important and obvious way of redesigning system for harnessing energy is to develop and shift to clean and nonconventional energy resources which are either non exhaustible or renewable as solar energy, wind energy, hydroelectric power, geo-thermal energy, energy from biomass and biogas, ocean thermal energy, wave energy and energy from other emerging technologies.
This sub-theme is expected to make the children think of various ways and means for making efficient use of available energy resources and also new techniques/methods of using and conserving energy from both conventional and nonconventional sources.
The exhibits/models in this sub-theme may pertain to:
Sub theme-3 Health
Our health is continuously under the influence of both endogenous (within) and exogenous (around) environment and therefore a matter of great concern especially in the rapidly growing society to cope up with newer scientific and technological inventions. Our health is adversely affected due to many environmental hazards that lead to several kinds of infections in the body. With increasing population, demand for food, water, home, transport, energy etc are increasing causing tremendous pressure on our natural resources and thereby contributing to pollution of air, water and soil. The lifestyle including food and water we take, tendency for junk/ fast food, rest and exercise, habits and drugs and alcohol abuse is another challenge to our health.
The present sub-theme is proposed with the objectives: to bring awareness among the youth about health and factors affecting our health, to explore new scientific, technological and biomedical interventions in prevention and cure, to analyze the role of self and society in keeping our environment healthy in order to maintain good health and promote innovative ideas for better management.
The exhibits and models in this sub-theme may pertain to:
The spectacular industrial and economical development over the past few decades has led to the replacement of the communities of nature by man-made communities. Deforestation, overgrazing, indiscriminate mining, and tree-felling, faulty tillage practices etc. have led to severe soil erosion. Over irrigation and river-harvesting of agricultural lands has resulted into salinity of water, water logging and degradation. Over-use of tube wells has substantially lowered down the underground water table. Major current environmental issues include climate change, species extinction, pollution, environmental degradation, and resource depletion etc.
For humans to live sustainably, the Earth’s resources must be used at a rate at which they can be replenished. The main objective of this sub-theme is to make general public and children in particular aware with the current environmental issues and concerns for achieving sustainability to prevent the effect of environmental issues.
The models and exhibits in this sub-theme may pertain to:
Mathematics and Everyday life
The important segment of mathematics– the ability to reason and think clearly, is extremely useful in our everyday life. Proofs and deductions are hallmarks of mathematics. The subject also deals with data, measurements and observations from science, mathematical models of natural phenomenon including human behaviour and social systems. Its domain is not molecules or cells but numbers, chance, forms, pattern and order, algorithms and change. As a science of abstract objects, mathematics relies on logic rather than on observation.
Mathematics gives an exactness in thinking and provides a quantitative approach. The special role of mathematics in education is a consequence of its universal applicability. In general, to solve practical problems we follow a set procedure involving steps related with defining variables; writing equations or inequalities; collecting data and organize into tables; making graphs and illustrations; and calculating probabilities.
To encourage and stimulate students’ interest in Mathematics, some of the mathematical principles being transacted at school stages with their applications have been indicated below.
The exhibits/models in this sub-theme may pertain to:
Subtheme-6 Disaster Management
Disasters have significant relationship with natural resource management, poverty allevaiation and sustainable development. Various disasters can cause damage to human life, environment, infrastructure, lowering the quality of life, loss of different bio organisms, political instability and conflicts, demographic imbalance, unemployment etc.
There is chaos and disorganisation in the event of any natural or manmade disaster. The objective of this sub-theme is to increase awareness of the dangers posed by disasters and to help children find measures for effective mitigation of those dangers.
The exhibits/ models in this sub-theme may pertain to:
Source : icbse.com