Day 2 of The Inter Zonal Science Exhibition with the theme ‘Science and Technology for Sustained Development’ started off on a quieter note with the serious business of evaluating the exhibits presented. Eager Science teachers and assistants busied themselves preparing to present the best to the judging committee. Looking around, one could not help but feel for the judges who would have a difficult job deciding the winners. Each project on offer was a piece of brilliance on its own. To add to that, each project had a very confident bunch of children presenting the same.

   

The main convenor was Mr. Riyaz Khan, principal Mother Teresa High School and Junior college, Malad, while Dr. Hutoxi Aibara, Principal, Malati Jayant Dalal School, Santacruz, was in charge of the organising committee for the evaluation. The august list of judges included Dr. Bushra Shaikh of Gurunanak college of Education and research, Dr. Sushmita Patro of Nirmila Memorial college of education, Dr.  Neela Kamath of G.E.S’s College of Education and Research, Dr Amol Samant of Viva College, Mr. Shiv Shankar Pathak of Rahul B.Ed./D.Ed. College, Mrs. Sandhya Kulkarni of New Horizons Group, Dr. Laxman Langde and Mr. Ravindra Waykole of K.J. Somaiya College and Mr. Ashwin Jadhav and Dr. Meena Babujaya of Bunts Sangha’s S.M. Shetty School.

The evaluation criteria for the science projects:

Children’s creativity, Imagination and Originality                    20 marks

Innovation in the exhibit / Model                                             15 marks

Scientific Thought / Principal / Approach                               15 marks

Technical skill, workmanship & craftsmanship                      15 marks

Utility and Educational value                                                  15 marks

Economic, Portability and Durability                                      10 marks

Presentation, Demonstration and explanation                      10 marks

There were a fascinating number of projects on display. Right from a prototype that cuts out plastic strips from used water bottles and creates them into various useful things to the various uses of the coconut husk to make simple cost effective products. A solar water pump and solar powered air purifiers made for some interesting exhibits. A very interesting and simple yet effective display was the ‘Back to Roots’ project which went on to teach us how simple, sustainable and inexpensive going back to a simple life could be for all of us. As Ms. Tejaswini Shinde of Children’s Academy Malad told all present, ‘It takes 40 days to make a habit’ and every 40 days we could change a habit and make a change in the world. One school even had an eye on sustainable health using the stem and leaves of the banana tree for various low cost and healthy purposes. Our vast population problem was also viewed by the participants who looked at offering solutions for the same, though they did require more work and government support.

   

Once again at the stroke of 2pm, the school band heralded the arrival of the chief guests of the day. The exhibition was graced by the presence of the very charming and gracious Ms. Utkarsha Naik, TV personality, the very pretty and confident Miss Trusnika Shinde, Child artiste, and the very humble and down to earth Dr. Anil Murarka, philanthropist with a keen interest in student’s welfare and education. They were led in to a warm welcome by none other than our very own Principal Sr. Josita Abraham. The very confident compares of the day were Ms. Mischel and Ms. Lillian. As was the case yesterday, the crowd were entertained by a display of Lezim dance, this time by a troupe from RJMDS’s English school who danced their hearts out. A pleasure to watch indeed. The National Anthem followed.

The program moved over to the school hall where all were treated to a welcome song by Anuyog Vidyala. Two of our ninth graders, Saamiya Husein and Rakshita Acharya then held us in awe with some amazing facts. This time it was pure artistry as we were amazed with the perfection of a Goan folk dance by Vesave School. The dance was full of beautiful moves and awesome tableaux. As if this was not enough, the stage was then taken over by Mono acting champion Zoya Shaikh of Children’s Academy, Malad. She had the crowd mesmerized with her show that drew mention from one of the chief guests. The melodious voice of our very own Snehal filled the hall with her rendition of ‘Love you Zindagi’.

A lively Welcome address was made by Ms. Saba Patel, Principal Anjuman I Islam’s Dr. MIJ Girls’ High School while felicitations for all the dignitaries followed introduced by Nagendra Kagnikar Sir and a few words of inspiration were shared by each of our chief guests for the day. While the very humble Dr. Anil Murarka spoke of self-belief and simplicity, our TV stars spoke of a very positive and varied approach to life. A vote of thanks was proposed by Mrs. Ophelia Barreto, Principal Poddar School S.S.C. The Sahshaleya Upakram prize distribution for zonal inter school competition followed awarding students for their excellence in Lezim, Band, Elocution, Drawing, Mono Acting, Instrumental Music, Folk Dance, Group singing and for the Science fair. The day ended with the singing of Vande Mataram.

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