State School Sasthrolsavam kicks off; young scientists to showcase their rich talents

Kerala Speaker AN Shamseer lighting the innovative lamp by pouring water. Photo: Manorama

Thiruvananthapuram: Age is no barrier to innovation. ‘Young’ scientists from across the state are set to showcase their amazing talents and ideas as they present solutions to many of the daily life problems at the Kerala State School Sasthrolsavam (science fair) being held in the state capital.

While the “largest science fair for students in Asia region” has been kicked off on Thursday, all the main competitions in the four-day event will be held from today onwards. As many as 7500 school students will compete in 180 items across five categories -- Science Fair, Maths Fair, Social Science Fair, Work Experience Fair and IT fair. Registration for the fairs being held in five schools was on Thursday.

The venue for the Science Fair is St Joseph HSS (Palayam), Maths Fair GMGHSS (Pattom), and Work Experience Fair St Mary’s HSS (Pattom). The main venue Cotton Hill Government Girls Higher Secondary School (GGHSS) will host the Social Science Fair and IT Fair.

The competitions, mainly that of the High School section, commenced at 9.30 am on Friday. 

Earlier, the students were received when they arrived at the state capital and provided vehicle facilities to reach places of accommodation arranged for them. Only the team managers went to Thycaud Model Govt HSS to register.

Touch of innovation as water used for traditional lamp-lighting
The inauguration of the School Sasthrolsavam, where young minds make a positive impact on the world by bringing a fresh perspective and innovative approach to various science fields, saw a touch of innovation to the traditional lamp-lighting ceremony when water was used instead of fire.

As Speaker A N Shamseer poured the drinking water handed over by Aishwarya, a student of Cotton Hill, into the lamp, the set of LED lights suddenly glowed, amid applause and cheers from the audience. A lamp having an electric circuit was the one used. It was arranged in such a way that when water is poured, the electric circuit gets completed, facilitating electricity to reach the bulbs and they start glowing.

The speaker underlined the need to strengthen scientific thoughts to overcome the growing superstitious beliefs in society. District Panchayat president D Suresh Kumar presided over the function. A A Rahim MP, General Education Principal Secretary Rani George, Director A Shanavas, Additional Director M K Shinemon, SSK Director Supriya, KITE CEO Anwar Sadath, and Municipality Education Standing Committee Chairperson S S Saranya spoke on the occasion.

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