National Children's Science Congress
NATIONAL CHILDREN'S SCIENCE CONGRESS (NCSC)
National Children's Science Congress (NCSC) provides the children of 10 to 17 years from all over the country an unique opportunity to use their scientific temperament and knowledge to make their own dreams come true. The program was initiated in 1993, with the following objectives:
To provide a forum to the young scientists to pursue their natural curiosity and to quench their thirst for creativity by experimenting on open-ended problems;
To make you feel that science is all around and you can gain knowledge as well as solve many problems also be relating the learning process to the physical and social environment of the neighbourhood;
To encourage children throughout the country to visualise future of the nation and help building generation of sensitive, responsible citizens;
To stimulate scientific temperament and learning the scientific methodology for observation, collection of data, experiment analysis arriving at conclusions and presenting the findings.
NCSC is held annually from December 27-31. After a thorough scrutiny at district and state levels, about 500 children take part in this five day long deliberations and fun- filled science activities
24th National Children's Science Congress 2016:
Focal Theme: Science Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development
Development stands for the situation where everyone gets food, shelter, clothing along with sound state of health and mind, gets opportunities for livelihood, has adequate energy to use, has good education, transportation and communication in a better environmental situation where cleaner air, water and soil exists.
As defined by G. Harlem Brundtland, in the Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development: Our Common Future, in March, 20, 1987 at Oslo, Sustainable Development is the development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations from meeting their own needs. So, to cater the needs of the present as well as future generation equally, concept of sustainable development emphasizes on rational and wiser use of natural resources, redesigning economic operations like production, transport and communication systems through optimum use of available resources and reducing wastage along with a prime focus on economic sustenance. Thus, the principles of sustainable development insist upon environmental, economic and social balances and their inter-linkages.
The UNESCO initiated approach of Education for Sustainable Development stresses on engagement of student community in real world context with more focuses in the areas of Biodiversity, Natural Resources, Energy, Livelihood, Lifestyles, Traditional Knowledge, etc to integrate ecological, economic and social concerns. Thus, exploration and inquiry using Science and Technology approaches can help us to understand the dynamics of our planet as well as different components of its environment as a whole, that help one to look for the best means of optimum use without disturbing associated ecosystems. Besides, in every aspect of the exploration and inquiry, innovative thinking and approaches help one to find out solutions to address different problems or harnessing hidden opportunities. In this perspective “Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for Sustainable Development” has been decided as the focal theme for 24th and 25th National Children’s Science Congress, with an expectation that the Child Scientist will be introduced to inquiry based learning approaches in project mode exploring something from “known to unknown or ‘from unknown to known’. This will thereby help them to come up with different new knowledge associated with the sub-themes.
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