2nd Islamabad Science Festival held, ECOSF joined as Partner
The 2nd Islamabad Science Festival was jointly organized by Campaignistan, ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF) and Local Administration of Islamabad with the support of other national and international organizations on 13 February 2021 at Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA). First such event took place in 2019 in Islamabad with the collaboration of ECOSF, Campaignistan and the District Administration of Islamabad.
The event was inaugurated by jointly by the Deputy Commissioner of Islamabad Mr. Hamza Shafqaat, President ECOSF Prof. Manzoor H. Soomro and the CEO of Campaignistan Mr. Farhad Jarral. The theme of festival was COVID-19 and students demonstrated their innovative solutions and exhibits with regards to the pandemic. Over 50 government schools from across Islamabad participated in the festival and displayed their projects. A large number of students, teachers and public at large visited the Science Fair.
The purpose of the festival was to provide a platform for the students, especially from government schools to showcase their creative ideas and projects through dynamic scientific models/exhibits. It was encouraging to witness that a significant number of girls participated in the Festival. The objective of holding this Festival was to fuel the public interest in science and technology and aware them of the boundless benefits of science for society. Besides, the festival provided an opportunity to young students to show their incredible talent and demonstrate their science projects and innovations.
During the festival, Mr. Rohan Khatwani a 9th Grade student from Tharparkar area of Sindh province also attempted to break the world record for the fastest arrangement of the periodic table. The existing record is 2 min 42 seconds and Rohan finished the task in 1 min 58 seconds. The demonstration was witnessed by Deputy Commissioner Islamabad and President ECOSF.
The event culminated with the closing ceremony and prize distribution with the honorable Chief Guests H.E. Mr. Shehram Khan Taraqai (Minister of Education, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province) and Mr. Rana Waqas (Additional Deputy Commissioner of Islamabad Capital Territory).
The winners of the festival were awarded prizes and certificates as under:
- 1st prize: Islamabad Model College for Girls (IMCG), F-10/2
- 2nd prize: Islamabad Model College for Girls (IMCG), I-8/1
- 3rd prize: Islamabad Model College for Boys (IMCB) Rawal Dam
It is well recognized that such events motivate youth and generate critical thinking amongst young students to pursue their career in STEM fields. Besides, such healthy activities create conducive atmosphere, which is essentially needed amidst the pandemic.