s1 The Science Fair project journey began five months prior to the actual day of the fair. It all started with an orientation to the students. On that day, students were given general instructions about the requirements for the projects. Followed by that, they were given a week to choose their team of 3 members providing them an avenue to work collaboratively, exchanging and incorporating each other’s ideas. Middle School students had an option of choosing their projects either in the field of Physics, Chemistry, Life Sciences or Earth Science. The High School students had a wider range of categories to choose from such as Psychology, Computer Science, Statistics, Social Science or any of the four Sciences. The groups met with their mentor teachers on a regular basis who guided and motivated them to be focused in their projects.

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This year, the Science Fair was held on the 3rd February 2016. Science fair boards were placed in hallways designated for each category. Students had tastefully displayed their projects along with the scientific methodology followed by them and their findings.

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Students were judged by a team comprising of guest judges who are professionals in various fields of Science and our very own PAS faculty. This year, the judges were focused more on determining the depth of understanding of concepts, creativity and research skills.

s5Students were also motivated to have a purpose behind their projects. Elementary students were commended for their creative and interesting projects. “ Self – deception”, “Anti- microbial properties of kitchen condiments”, “Harmless extractions of silk”, “ Can pain be distracted?”, “Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by turning part of milk into casein ”, “Which windmill design will work most efficiently? ” were some of the projects that stood out as creative, well presented and purpose driven projects. The entire student body and staff of PAS are commended for their effort in making this annual Science Fair Project event a meaningful learning expedition.

 

 

Rebecca Devadoss

HOD, Math and Science