This resource material compiled in this publication was developed during the Brainstorming workshop held at Tezpur University, Tezpur, Assam during May 2 to 4, 2012. Many suggestions given at the National Orientation workshop at Regional Education Institute (REI), Mysore during June 11 to 13, 2012 have also been incorporated. Group working for activity guide development Advisors Prof. S. P. Verma Dr D. K. Pandey Working group Jayanta Kr Sarma (Coordinator) Dr Pulin Bihari Chakravorty Dr P. Pramod Dr Bhim Prasad Sarmah Dr Lalit Sharma U.N. Ravi Kumar E. Kunikrishnan Sadhan Mahapatra Jaideep Baruah Sandip Bhattacharya Illustrations by Biswajit Borah, Muna Goswami, Tekendrajit Saikia Cover design : Sandip Bhattacharya Mobile- 09868404002 Published by NCSTC – Network E-56, First Floor, Samaspur Road Pandav Nagar, Delhi – 110091 Email – email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone – 011-22799236 Catalysed and supported by National Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC), Department of Science and Technology Technology Bhavan, New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi – 110016, Email ID: email@example.com; Telephone no:01126535564/26590251
Part I: Part II:
About Children’s Science Congress About Focal Theme and Sub-Themes
Focal theme: “Energy: Explore, Harness and Conserve” Sub-themes: (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) (v) (vi) Energy Resources Energy System Energy and Society Energy and Environment Energy Management and Conservation Energy Planning and Modelling
Part – I About Children’s Science Congress
About Children’s Science Congress (CSC)
CSC – the beginning
The seeds of the programme of children’s science congress (CSC), in the way of an exercise to carry out small research activities at micro-level were planted in Madhya Pradesh by an NGO called Gwalior Science Center. It was later adopted by National Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC), Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India for carrying out national level activities through NCSTC-Network (a network of Non-Government and Government organizations working in the field of science popularization) as national organiser. It was a time when many of the country’s crusaders of science communication were experienced with massive science communication exercise of Bharat Jana Bigyan Jatha and Bharat Jana Gyan Bigyan Jatha. It was felt that the large scale activities for developing scientific awareness among the masses are to be continued as regular activity, so, this programme was launched nationwide in 1993, under the nomenclature of National Children’s Science Congress (NCSC), with an expectation that it would generate scientific temperament among the teachers and students, and spread among various stakeholders of the society. The programme of NCSC has been fruitfully conducted for the last 19 years.
CSC – An Overview
Children’s Science Congress is targeted to spread the concept of the method of science among the children through their project activities adopting the principle of ‘Learning through doing’. The mandate of participation is that, the children will carry out a project on a particular topic in relation to theme and sub-theme decided for the year. The study is to be carried out in the neighborhood of the children where they live in. For this, the students form a group with their like-minded friends/classmates and the study is carried out under the supervision of a guide. It is noteworthy that, CSC programme is not only for the school going children but is also open for the children outside the formal boundary of schools, in the age group of 10 to 17 years (where 10 to 14 years is considered as junior group and 14 to 17 years as senior group). Further, it is not mandatory that a guide must be a school teacher; any person with fair knowledge of dealing with...