SIF-Kuwait recently announced the research theme for this year's Kuwait Children's Science Congress-Young Scientists student's research program as ‘Science, technology and innovation for sustainable development.’ Along with this, certain other sub themes have also been given. They are, natural resource management, food and agriculture, energy, health hygiene and nutrition, lifestyles and livelihoods, disaster management, traditional knowledge systems.
These project activities focus on encouraging children to explore, think, serve and wonder, and are also capable of imbibing the quality and skill of children like observation, making measurement, making comparison and contrasts, classification, estimation, prediction, interpretation, critical thinking, creative thinking, drawing conclusion and cooperative skills.
The completed research projects will be exhibited and evaluated during Kuwait Children's science Congress and exhibition (KCSC)-2016 scheduled to be held in Kuwait in October. Top projects will undergo a mentoring program by leading Scientists from Kuwait Institute of scientific research( KISR) and will be submitted to Department of Science and technology, Government of India, for considerations as entries for the participation in the National Children Science congress. There will be no fee for participation in this program
Team selection is done exclusively though school sand each Indian School in Kuwait can send a maximum of four teams/projects, two from each age group
Junior category-lower group: 10 - 14 years, maximum two team/projects.
Senior category-upper group: 14 - 17 years, maximum two team/ projects
A group of children not exceeding five, can form the team and carry out the research project with the help of school teachers, coordinators of school science clubs etcetera as guides.
General evaluation criteria for the project is as follows:
Originality of idea and concept
Relevance of the project to the theme
Scientific understanding of the issue
Interpretation and problem solving attempt
Log book presentation and project display in exhibition Booths
Innovation and scope for improvement
The research activity guide with detailed terms and conditions is available here: http://r.news.sifkuwait.com/1b90hhlqfmojd.html