Over 200 students from across Punjab displayed their research-based projects in categories of biology, chemistry, computer sciences, mathematics and physics at the Punjab Science Fair held at the Children’s Library Complex on Friday.
The Intel Pakistan organised the fair in the run-up to the Intel-International
Science and Engineering Fair (Intel-ISEF), one of the world’s largest pre-college science competitions.
Speaking at the science fair ceremony, Punjab school education department additional secretary Ali Husain Malik said the Intel was playing a vital role in promoting IT education in Pakistan and recognised the increasing inclination of today’s youth towards technology while also giving them a medium to express it.
“Given the crucial role of technology in today’s world and our reliance on the same for so many things, this fair is a fine example of what Intel is doing for the youth of Pakistan, studysols.pk by giving them a greater avenue to interact with their surroundings and experience situations and circumstances that the students of 20 years ago could only dream about,” he said.
Intel Pakistan country manager Naveed Siraj said the winners of the Punjab Science Fair would proceed to compete at the National Science Fair, which would be held in January next, where projects would be assessed by a panel of renowned judges, with winners progressing to IntelÂ® ISEF.
He said the Intel-ISEF was the world’s largest science fair and the only global science competition for students of Grades IX-XII.
In 2011, more than 1,500 young scientists from all across the world will gather to exchange ideas and knowledge, showcase cutting-edge science and compete for more than $4 million in awards and scholarships. The event will be held from May 8 to 3 in 2011 in Los Angeles, California. studysols.pk Mr Siraj said the Intel had been holding the science fairs for the past six years in Pakistan. “The Intel aims at furnishing more opportunities to young people in schools to learn about technology and problem-solving skills, and hope to secure the next generation of innovators and role models.
“It is promising to note such an overwhelming interest from students in the areas of science and engineering. We are appreciative of the government’s support towards this initiative, which is aimed at encouraging research-based learning in schools all across Pakistan,” he said.