Education does not simply mean the ability to read and write, it is a wide term used to describe the complete process of development. Education in today’s scenario aims at the holistic development of the children. The aim of this holistic development is only achievable with the pragmatic approach to education. Pragmatic approach imparts learning by doing and experiencing things. Exhibitions, seminars, projects, presentations, etc are the mediums of wholesome development of the students in schools. Schools organize such exhibitions and seminars to enhance the student’s knowledge and making learning a fun experience where it is comparatively easy on the part of the teacher to teach and light for the students to learn new things very easily in a better way.
WHY SCIENCE EXHIBITIONS
We are living in a developing country and science has a very vital role to play in the development of any country or the world as a whole. Science has always proved to be a blessing to mankind. Science has transformed life by inculcating various luxuries and made human life very comfortable. It is a science that has helped man to reach the moon, measure the depth of the sea and revealed many secrets of the living and the non-living. The importance of science in our day to day life can never be underestimated. Science exhibitions in schools at different levels are one of the easiest ways to enhance students’ interest in science and technology.
Our earth as a whole is facing lots of challenges these days that can be only dealt with the interference of a scientific approach. Problems like global warming, pollution, and alternative to plastic, fuel consumption, energy sources, use of water resources, and other general topics like development in the field of modes of communication, new and better modes of transportation, medicine etc all need a scientific mind. There is no better way than exhibitions in the school.
In the fast-moving and technical world, students are no more interested in listening to boring lectures and cramming facts. The minds of students work faster than jet planes. The curiosity level and enthusiasm to learn and dissect any knowledge are commendable. It is the responsibility of the teacher these days to maintain this enthusiasm and give a positive direction to the curiosity of the students and help them dive deep into the ocean of learning. A science exhibition is a wonderful tool that engages students in learning new facts and inventions with a zeal of interest.
An exhibition is a platform for the students to work together in groups. This gives the opportunity for the students to develop social and moral skills. Students apart from the scientific knowledge learn to respect each other’s views and thoughts, sharing experiences, cooperating with each other, managerial skills, skills of leadership, helping and caring about the feelings of fellow members.
When the presentation is ready, during the exhibition the students learn public speaking and it helps the students remove the fear of speaking in public. They represent their model and explain its uses and functions. This kind of science exhibition boosts the confidence of the students and develops their interest and curiosity even further.
Science always reveals a new truth, a new discovery, an unknown reality. As the necessities change and so the inventions and development. It keeps growing and can never be dull and boring. Science exhibitions explore the creative talent of the students and force them to think outside of the box. Science exhibitions at school develop a scientific spirit and curiosity in a student which in turn forces them to think and creatively find solutions to the challenges. Students enjoy learning through such exhibitions and feel a sense of belongingness as they make the models with their own hands.
Problems and challenges of life make people nervous and full of fear but science has a solution to every problem and challenge. By taking part in such science exhibitions at school a student develops a scientific attitude towards his problems and challenges of life. The student develops an inquisitive nature and learns to ask questions. The student does not feel scared and fearful of any challenge of life and treats it with patience, knowledge and learning from these science exhibitions at school.
The application of classroom learning can be best done through the science exhibition held at schools. The students apply their classroom and bookish knowledge in these exhibitions and develop taste for learning by doing. Students avail the opportunity of practical learning and experiencing everything first hand during these exhibitions. The students get an opportunity to showcase their talent in front of others and feel proud of their achievements. They apply their ideas and learning in their unique ways and helps society find solutions to their needs and challenges.
There are some very intelligent students in schools who are hesitant of public speaking, lack confidence or feel shy to speak and represent themselves in public out of one or many fear. Science exhibition held in schools prove to be a great platform for such students and for the presentation of their talent. The students speak about their projects in front of everyone and develop public speaking skills. It boosts the confidence of the students and outshines their personality. It removes their fear and provides a practical platform to learn by doing and experiencing their fears.
The government and school authorities should initiate and motivate the science exhibitions in schools at all levels from primary to middle and senior levels. The education department should encourage a healthy competitive spirit among the students. These exhibitions should be held at regular intervals of time to engage students in fun learning activities. These science exhibitions can be held within the schools or between many schools at a bigger level. It is very important in fact the most important need of the hour to develop the interest of students in science and technology for a better future and sustainable development of society.