Lahore's largest two-day science festival for children kicked off on Saturday at Ali Institute of Education, to encourage children and adults alike to explore and celebrate scientific discoveries and milestones in Pakistan. The festival was organized by Khwarizmi Science Society in collaboration with Ali Institute of Education.
The first day of the festival attracted a massive attendance of 8000 students from several government and private schools of Lahore division. The festival hosted around 70 exhibits of various government-based and non-government organizations such as Pakistan Science Club, PCSIR, JF Labs, Makeistan, Robokids, Ejaad Tech, Lahore Astronomical Society, The Planetary Society, Allama Iqbal Medical College, Government College, Lahore and CECOS University, Peshawar.
A team of mathematicians from Iran representing the Isfahan Mathematics House also participated in the event. Representatives of Isfahan Mathematics House were excited to have come to Pakistan for the first time and expressed confidence in the ability of Pakistani children who were enjoying solving complex mathematical problems at their stall.
Students exhibited more than 70 science models displaying their passion for science and technology, and introduced innovative concepts to the visitors. Interactive displays and live experiments, some of which involved lunar and solar observatories, robotics, and 3D printing caught the imagination of young minds.
11-year-old Moiz Mudassar surprised observers by extracting DNA from fruits; which was not only an element of surprise but also a source of inspiration to other children.
Maths and science education is critical in developing the cognitive skills in children. It is also necessary to ensure that the quality of learning becomes a critical informant of how decisions of funding, recruitment, measurement, rewards and punishment are made by the public sector. Nations have used maths and science to empower their citizens with higher incomes, and to help grow their economies.