With the importance of science dwindling in India, CBSE honoured students who represented India at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) held in Arizona. Organised by Intel, ISEF is an international forum for the promotion of science, encouraging children from across the world to explore the field of science and harness their scientific temper.
At the national level, Intel in association with the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and Department of Science and Technology (DST), has been organising the Initiative for Research & Innovation in Science (IRIS) since 2006. Schools belonging to various boards and from different regions of the country, gear up each year, helping their students to conjure mind boggling science projects.
This year, over 2000 science projects were seen at the fair, of which six projects represented team India at the ISEF, a global science competition for students in classes 8-12 . Bringing together more than 1,500 students from more than 70 countries, Intel ISEF 2013 presents an opportunity for the best young minds in the world to come together to share ideas, showcase cutting-edge projects, and compete for more than US $3 million in awards and scholarships. Vineet Joshi, CBSE chairman, said, “Science is everywhere. It is omnipresent . It is saddening to see that children these days lack innovation due to dearth of time and over-emphasis on marks. It is essential for our schools to promote science in order to ensure scientific development and temper.”
CBSE is now looking at ways to sensitise teachers in CBSE affiliated schools to promote scientific innovation amongst students.
Students from La Martinere Kolkata, Amity International, Mayur Vihar, Citizens High School, Bangalore and DAV Public School, Bhubanehswar took ingenious projects to ISEF ranging from cancer detection software to artificial ripening detection kits etc.