Science International Forum – Kuwait (SIF), a platform that aims to ‘ignite the minds of tomorrow’ by encouraging scientific temperament among the young, is pleased to announce that this year’s Kuwait Children’s Science Congress (KCSC) will take place at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (new campus) on Friday, 18th November, from 9.30am to 5pm.
The annual science exhibition has become a much-awaited event among students as it provides children of 10 to 17 years of age a unique opportunity to showcase their scientific knowledge and aptitude. The program has students forming five-member teams to undertake a project based on an assigned theme. The team has to explore and analyze problems around the project theme and find a suitable solution to overcome the challenges.
The second iteration of the annual KCSC will witness over 150 child scientists from all the major Indian schools in Kuwait, exhibiting their projects based on the theme, ‘Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development’.
As part of this year’s KCSC, three innovative science spot contests are also being arranged where students can walk-in with their ideas, participate in the competitions and win exciting prizes. Competitions are arranged in three groups: Sub-Juniors (Classes 5, 6 and 7), Juniors (Classes 8, 9 and 10) and Seniors (Classes 11 and 12).
In the ‘Sci-Fie’ contest, competitors have to observe their surroundings to find some exciting scientific fact and capture it via a ‘selfie’ on a mobile camera. They then have to take a print out of the picture and write a description about the science behind their observation, before submitting their entries at the KCSC event before 3pm.
The ‘Art of Science’ is a pencil-drawing competition where contestants will draw an image on the theme ‘Rising India – Science and Technology’. Students will have to register for the competition between 9.30am and 2pm and the drawing competition will extend for one hour and half.
In the third spot competition, titled ‘Math Genius, students will be tested on their mathematical analytical and logical skills. Competitors can walk-in between 9.30am and 2pm to participate in this competition.
Parents and students in Kuwait are invited to attend KCSC 2016 for a day full of spot games, fun and science and the hope is that this year’s innovative programs will inspire a scientific outlook in the young, and empower and expand their minds to the world around them.
The Times Kuwait is pleased to announce it will be joining SIF – Kuwait as Event Partner for this year’s KCSC.
In 2014, a group of professionals from the field of education, science and technology launched a platform for the Indian student community in Kuwait. Calling itself the Science International Forum – Kuwait (SIF – Kuwait), the group aimed to identify and encourage Indian students with a flair for science and technology.
By introducing India’s rich scientific heritage to the youth, SIF looked to ignite interest, kindle the inquisitive spirit and develop young minds to have a passion for science and technology and motivate them to take up science as a career.
Through invigorating the scientific temperament in them, SIF hoped to encourage students to contribute towards India Vision 2020 and to spread the message of supporting and building Indian society using science as a tool.
Today, SIF – Kuwait programs are actively supported and implemented through 18 Indian schools in Kuwait, with more than 6,000 students actively engaged in them.
In 2015, SIF–Kuwait was appointed by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, to conduct the screening test for the Kuwait Children’s Science Congress (KCSC)— Young Scientist’s Program. The KCSC is part of the National Children’s Science Congress, a flagship project of the DST under the National Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC).
Since 2015, SIF – Kuwait has been organizing the annual ‘Sastra Pratibha Science Talent Contest’ (SPC) initiated by India Government’s Vijnana Bharati. The SPC, which has been conducted for the last 10 years among students in India and lately in all Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, was held for the first time in Kuwait last year.
The inaugural SPC-2015 in Kuwait witnessed 4,500 students from class 5 to class 10, from 17 Indian schools, participating in the contest. Two top scoring students from each class were declared the Sastra Pratibhas for the year 2015. The winners received the Sastra Pratibha Award during the Science Gala event organized by SIF.
SIF also regularly organizes ‘Student – Scientist Interaction’ programs that provide a great opportunity for students in Kuwait to meet and interact with scientific luminaries from India.
In 2015, as a tribute to the late Indian President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, SIF launched ‘Ignite Science Writing Competition and Awards’, which is open to both students and adults alike. The theme based writing competition encourages individuals to energize their imagination and explore the possibilities through their creativity.
SIF – Kuwait also holds regular Teacher Training programs aimed at supporting the teaching community and familiarize them with the latest developments in the field of education, science and technology. In 2016, SIF also launched the ‘Inspire Teachers Excellence Awards’ to appreciate and recognize the efforts of outstanding teachers.
In addition, in 2015 SIF – Kuwait launched its online science newsletter, ‘Discover’, with the aim of bringing to focus science related current affairs. Previous issues are freely available on the SIF website at www.sifkuwait.com