GSP Science Fair in Himachal Pradesh, 2019
CSE’s Green Schools Programme organized a Science Fair at Government Girls’ Senior Secondary School, Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh from 13 November to 16 November. The four-day event was a crucial element of GSP’s solar initiative ‘Solar in Schools’, in collaboration with HIMCOSTE (Himachal Pradesh Council for Science, Technology & Environment).
Organized in continuation with the Orientation Workshop for teachers held in Shimla on ‘Renewable Energy (Solar in Schools) and Solid Waste Management’, the fair gave a hands-on experience of the ‘future of energy’ to school students. It was designed to enhance the understanding of solar energy management and bring about a change in the way energy is consumed by using the most pragmatic method that we believe in: learning by doing!It was also aimed at facilitating students’ understanding of the value of rooftop solar installations.
The Science Fair saw participation from 36 schools across Shimla and Solan districts, where they exhibited their innovative ideas on applications of Renewable energy – especially solar technologies – to combat the grave issue of climate change. From each school, 3 students and a teacher facilitator showcased their innovation on renewable energy. The entries (models/project reports) were appraised on their scientific approach, innovation, utility value, scalability, economic value, and reuse of waste/recycled material.
The Science Fair was held alongside the 27th Himachal Pradesh Children Science Congress. The event was graced by some esteemed personnel from HP namely Mr Rajeshwar Goel, DC Bilaspur and Mr D.C. Rana, Member Secretary [EC], HIMCOSTE, who interacted with and encouraged the participants.
From solar brick kiln to a city being run entirely on solar energy, the fair was brimming with ideas from the future with complete potential to bring about a shift in our current energy consumption patterns. Students may have come with their own innovative idea but definitely left with many more as knowledge sharing also remained a delightful highlight of the event. In the culmination event, all the participants were awarded certificates of participation and solar kits.
The Science Fair was a testament to the fact that robust ideas when paired with an equally powerful practical approach can pave the path to a sustainable, environment-friendly future.
The list of participating schools, their projects, pictures, and guidelines of the fair can be downloaded by clicking on the links provided on this page.
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