District Level Science Exhibitions with the purpose to develop scientific attitude and realize the interdependence of science, technology, mathematics and development among school students are currently being held at the district levels in Arunachal Pradesh under Sarva Shikshka Abhiyan and Directorate of School Education for the academic session 2013-14.
The theme of this year's exhibitions in various districts is 'Scientific and mathematical Innovations', informed on my Facebook Shoma Deo Barman, Deputy Director of School Education (Training) in Naharlagun. Naharlagun is a picturesque town situated in the foothills of Himalayas in Arunachal Pradesh, 10 km the capital city of Itanagar; it is at an altitude of 200 metres from sea level.
According to Barman, the exhibitions of this kind provide a common platform to school teachers and students for illustrating their theme-based ideas and projects as well as shape their creative and innovative potentials. The exhibitions having still and working models coupled with improvisations heighten students' interest. By making use of readily available materials and local resources, students create projects and models and gain hands-on experience in learning of science and mathematics.
Science exhibitions also help children and teachers to learn from experiences of one another and motivate them to design and develop something locally useful along with popularizing science and increasing awareness among the common public and parents towards applications of science and mathematics.
I think, over the years, science exhibitions have become routinized and there is a need to move towards the display of interactive exhibits for the visitors for informal learning of science and teachers’ seminars to convert science exhibitions into learning expeditions and linking them to the scheme of continuous and comprehensive evaluation.