Fit for Life? – Explore Science
Catching them young
The Chargé d'Affaires a.i. of the German Embassy, Christian-Matthias Schlaga inaugurated “Fit for Life? Indo-German Youth Explore”at Modern School, Vasant Vihar, an initiative of the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to popularise scientific concepts in schools and universities.
At the inaugural function, Mr. Schlaga expressed "Motivating more young people to take an interest in understanding and learning science at school is important not only because science careers are exciting and rewarding, but also because young people need to know about how science and technology is changing our world – their world."
Due to a tendency for the young not to pursue studies in the natural sciences, Mrs. Goldy Malhotra, the principal of Modern School emphasised the need to engage young people in science to bridge the gap between the worlds of research and schools.
The five teams from various German Universities introduced their interactive workshops to the school students which brought home the practical relevance of science in an imaginative and accessible way .
Learning of different folding techniques of petals and leaves in a bionic experiment gave the students an insight that many technical inventions are inspired by nature. Students were also challenged to extract potable water from seawater by creating their own 'miniscule desalination plant' to avert the global water crisis. In an immunological game "Virus attack!" students acted as different cell types for a better understanding of the human immune system. Possibilities to obtain energy from biomass kept these budding future scientists exploring. Navigating with a GPS device in a treasure hunt engraved the fascinating world of geoinformatics into the minds of young explorers.