The second science and technology exhibition will have all the higher secondary and middle secondary schools from across the nation participating today.
According to the Principal curriculum officer of the science section, Wangpo Tenzin, the exhibition is to be conducted at eight cluster levels, grouped based on their proximity.
Punakha, Damphu, Tashitse, Gyelposhing, Taktse, Chukha and Drugyel are the venues for the exhibition.
The selected exhibits from the Thimphu Thromde will be displayed at Yangchenphu Higher Secondary School (YHSS).
Science education has always been a priority with the Ministry of Education (MoE) so the ministry is now exploring ways to generate further interest in science, particularly among the school children.
Therefore, the theme for the exhibition is “Doing science for fun”.
It was found that a wonderful way of “doing science for fun” was by organizing exhibitions to promote science and also to develop a scientific approach towards different theories.
According to an official from the science section of the Department of Curriculum Research and Development (DCRD), a science exhibition promotes a spirit of creativity and also a sense of competition among the budding scientists of the nation.
Engaging in enjoyable science activities are intended to instill in young minds scientific values, experiences, attitude and aptitude required in the future.
The science and technology exhibition is coordinated by the District Education Officer (DEOs) of the host dzongkhags.
A sum of Nu 1,000 as a contingency fund was allocated for each participating school for the procurement of raw materials.
An additional Nu 2,000 was allocated for the preparation of exhibit venue for each cluster.
Five students from each participating school will have to present three compulsory best exhibits from the school.
The best three entries in every cluster will be awarded cash prizes which would be used in the promotion of science education in the school.