There was no stopping the young brains on Thursday, as junior Einsteins from 109 government and government-aided schools of East Singhbhum came forward to display their innovative science models during the 40th Jawaharlal Nehru National Science Exhibition.
The daylong science fair, which was organised at the Sharadamani Girls High School in Sakchi, saw enthusiastic participation from more than 500 students who designed and displayed as many as 150 science models. They covered a wide range of subjects like industry; information, education technology and bio-diversity.
The theme for this year's exhibition, officials said, was science, society and environment with the students coming up with various prototypes of ways of generating and conserving green energy using bio-fuel.
"This is a one of the opportunities when the students of government-aided schools get a chance to experiment and actually put into practice what they are taught in their science classes. The models hence conceived are put up for display," said K.P. Dubey, a senior science teacher and one of the co-ordinators of the event.
He added that the aim of organising the exhibition annually was to bring out and nurture scientific talent among the younger generations.
The idea, he said, was to make students realise the relevance of science and technology to society, develop creative thinking and exploration among children through self devised models and inculcate an aesthetic sense and team spirit among participants.
The day also saw an inter-school district-level skit competition being organised at the venue by the Centre for Environment Education in association with Eco Ideas and Ecoroop Foundation. Around 10 schools from various parts of East Singhbhum, participated in the event that saw short plays being staged on the theme of climate change and global warming. Incidentally, Jamshedpur is the 24th city where the Centre for Environment Education has organised the competition with the primary aim of roping in more students for conservation-related activities.
"We will organise this exhibition in around 50 cities of the country, the winners of which will get a chance to compete at the national competition in New Delhi later. All the winners stand to walk away with certificates and books related to environment as prizes from this event," said Manoj Mahanta, project officer of Centre for Environment Education.
Meanwhile, AIWC Academy of Excellence too organised its annual arts, craft and science exhibition on the cradle's Baridih premises on Thursday.