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Childrens' Science Congress

The Children’s Science Congress has its modest beginning as an experiment in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh in the early mineties. It became a nationwide activity since 1993 with the holding of first National Children’s Congress (NCSC) in Delhi. Since 1993 NCSC is held during the last five days (27-31) of December every year. The qualitative and quantitative expansion of NCSC has drawn attention of different countries. NCSC in previous years was attendant by observe from Germany, Bangladesh etc.

Objectives : The primary objectives of the Children’s Science Congress is to make a forum available to children of the age group of 10-17 years, both from formal school system as well as from out of school, to exhibit their creativity and innovativeness and more particularly their ability to solve a societal problem experienced locally using the method-of-science.

By implication, the CSC prompts children to think of some significant societal problem, ponder over its causes subsequently try and solve the same using the scientific process. This involves close and keen observation, raising pertinent questions, building models, predicting solutions on the basis of a model, trying out various possible alternatives and arriving at an optimum solution using experimentation, filed work, research and innovative ideas. The Children’s Science Congress encourages a sense of discovery. It emboldens the participants to question many aspects of our progress and development and express their findings in vernacular.

Features of the Congress : The projects are :
Innovative, simple and practical;
Represent team work;
Are based on exploration of everyday life-situations;
Involve field based data collection;
Have definite outputs, arrived through scientific methodology;
Are related directly to community work in the local community;
Have definite follow-up plans.

Who is eligible to Participate : This is a forum open to young scientists in the age of 10-17 years as on December 31 of the calendar year. This event of NCSC is not restricted to the school-going children only but is also open for the non-school children from the marginalized sections of the society who can be involved as team members.

Areas of Research : Every year a focal theme is announced for the CSC. The children are expected to carry out projects related to the focal theme and the identified sub-themes. Activity books are available to help guide teachers and the child scientists. A group of children not exceeding five, can do the project with the help of scientists, school teachers, coordinators of school science clubs, activists of science based voluntary organizations etc. The teachers/guides receive special orientation on the theme of the CSC every year.

How can CSC Projects help in Class Studies : A project by middle school students in Kerala, helped understand functioning of the lens in our eye, formation of real image through a convex lens, rectification of vision using spectacles and many other concepts of optics. Surveys followed by sight testing by the group of many children in the school helped determine vision defects on corrective action was catalyzed. The concepts were part of class science curriculum.

Tentative Activity Schedule :
1) Selection of subjects for activity and registration of teams : 20 July
2) Working on the projects : Next 2-3 months
3) District level Congress : By mid October
4) State level congress : By mid November
5) National level Congress : 27-31 December

Guidelines for Teachers and Participants : CSC projects are neither only survey based, essay type projects nor do they focus on developing some working model to prove some scientific principle. They are related to learning by problem solving method. The project should fall within the Theme and Sub-themes defined for the year. Children may not succeed in finding solution to the problem in the specified period but the methodology adopted to find the solution should be scientific. They should design experiments to validate the data collected or obtained through experiments.

What are Good Projects : As per past experience it has been found that projects rated very good had the following elements. The teachers should take care to look for these elements while implementing and documenting the project.

Proper understanding and definition of the problem undertaken.
Quality and quantity of work, including team work, learning process, subject understanding and efforts to validate the data collected.
Relevance of the proposal to community/school problem and impact of projects and schoolmates, neighborhood community.
Originality, innovation and creativity shown to understand the problem and find the solution i.e. in methodology and experiment design.

Organizers : The Congress is organized by NCSTC-Network, a registered society comprising a network of 65 organizations (governmental and non-governmental) working for science popularization. The network, spread over most of the States and Union Territories of India, was facilitated in 1991 by the National Council for Science and Technology Communication, (Rashtriya Vigyan Evam Prodyogiki Sanchar Parishad) Department of Science and technology, Government of India.

Each state has a coordinating body, which may be a government agency or a non-government organization. Schools, science ckubs, or any group or organization willing to work with children are the nodal centers for facilitating science projects among science enthusiasts.

The congress is organized at three levels. The district level congress is the first forum in which projects competitive with one another and are screened for the State level Congress. A few projects are selected from the State level for the Grand Finale, the National meet of the scientists. Seven to eight lakh child scientists participate at various levels from the states and union territories.

Comments (5)
  • NISHANT KUMAR

    its a good competition

  • AMARJYOTI BORO

    its a very good competition

  • dushyant yaduvansi

    it is a good way for getting knowledge.

  • G/S STAM

    Activity Guide Book for CSC 2012 hi peihfel a ni tawh e. A duh chuan STAM Office-ah ngaihven theih a ni. Website-ah hian download theih tura ruahman mek a ni.

  • vivekr.kvbg

    can u tell me a project

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