KARACHI: “We learnt about an English scientist. His name was Noocan. Things would remain stationary until he gave them a push,” said Mahnoor Ansar Rahman, a class six student of Qamar-ul-Islam School where on Tuesday Alif Ailaan, in collaboration with the Pakistan Alliance for Maths and Science, Robotics Lab, Science Fuse and Pakistan Science Club, conducted a mini science festival to ignite children’s curiosity and interest regarding science.

When she was asked if she liked the science experiments conducted in front of them, the student said that people doing them spoke English mostly but they had studied in Urdu. “So [I] understood some of the things which were said in Urdu, not what was said in English. But I liked the experiments,” the student said.

The young team of scientists, meanwhile, kept the students engaged in interesting stuff. One of them did an experiment — the dancing Oobleck — using cornflour to demonstrate its solid and liquid properties, but most children didn’t appear to know what cornflour was.

“Is it powdered milk?” asked one student of class three. “No, it is liquid chalk,” another sitting next to her on the floor informed her. Both were wrong, of course.

The teachers, meanwhile, said that they had never seen their students this excited during any of their science classes. “We usually make them do charts or copy diagrams from their textbooks during the science period. Practicals don’t necessarily have to begin in class nine or 10, I think,” said Ms Shahana Zahoor, a class two teacher.

Published in Dawn, March 22nd, 2017

Opinion

ECP roars back
Updated 19 Jun 2021

ECP roars back

The bill is a shocking manifestation of the PTI government’s unilateral push to have its way.
Meeting at the top
19 Jun 2021

Meeting at the top

There must be the will to listen, to confer and to compromise...
Budgeting with constraints
Updated 18 Jun 2021

Budgeting with constraints

The budget strategy will deliver growth but raises the risk of external account stress.

Editorial

19 Jun 2021

NA peace — for now

AFTER a session of utter pandemonium and a distasteful war of words, normalcy finally returned to the National...
India uranium theft
Updated 19 Jun 2021

India uranium theft

REPORTS emerging from India about the theft of uranium and possible sale on the black market should be a cause for...
19 Jun 2021

KCR rigmarole

THURSDAY’S proceedings in the Supreme Court clearly demonstrated how divided the stakeholders are when it comes to...
Poll bill reservations
Updated 18 Jun 2021

Poll bill reservations

Reforming the electoral process is vital for Pakistan, and doing so by taking everyone on board is equally important.
18 Jun 2021

E-fund transfer fee

THE State Bank’s decision to withdraw the facility of free of cost digital fund transfer services is disappointing...
18 Jun 2021

Gaza bombed again

MEMORIES of last month’s savage assault by Israel targeting Gaza had not yet faded when earlier this week news...