More than 8,000 students from various public and private institutions visited the science mela organised by Khwarizmi Science Society on its inaugural day on Saturday.
The two-day festival was inaugurated by Ali Institute of Education Chairman Syed Babar Ali. Speaking on the occasion, he said, “I pray for our children and hope that they have many such opportunities to participate in scientific activities. Enthusiasm for science may not be innate; science is observation and hard work and we are trying to bring the spirit of experimentation to our children. This is the idea behind science mela.”
The festival is being held at Ali Institute of Education. It is featuring 70 exhibits of various government and non-government organizations such as Pakistan Science Club, PCSIR, JF Labs, Makeistan, Robokids, EjaadTech, Lahore Astronomical Society, the Planetary Society, Allama Iqbal Medical College, Government College, Lahore and CECOS University, Peshawar.
A team of mathematicians from Iran representing the Isfahan Mathematics House are also attending the event. They showed great enthusiasm for the exhibition on the first day of the festival. In a press release issued by the Khwarizmi Society, one of the mathematicians said, “We are very excited to be in Pakistan for the first time. It is wonderful to see Pakistani children enjoying themselves as they solve complex mathematical problems at our stall.”
Students exhibited more than 70 science models, which included interactive displays and live experiments, lunar and solar observatories, robotics, and 3D printing. 11 year-old Moiz Mudassar, a participant in the exhibition, surprised visitors by extracting DNA from fruits, drawing exclaim and applause from onlookers.
Scientists from various parts of Pakistan and other countries also visited the festival. These included Sharareh Dastjerdi from Isfahan and Dr. Muhammad Hamid Zaman from Boston University. The exhibition is open for public and will end on Sunday.