Renewable energy, plastic recycling, and sewage treatment projects stood out at the two-day Mardan Science Festival that ended on Thursday.
The festival attracted a huge gathering of around 15,000 visitors, including students, their parents and teachers from at least 280 government schools at the Millan Hall, Sports Complex, Mardan.
As many as 300 stalls were set up at the festival showcasing creative exhibits on different themes and aspects of science. Interactive displays and live experiments, some of which involved robotics and solar power, were popular among the visitors. Various hands-on science and maths activities were held by Robo Minors, LearnOBots, Pakistan Science Club, Stemmers and Numerica.
A statement released by the organizer said, “being the largest such festival held in Mardan, the event is an example for district governments across Pakistan who can replicate the model in their regions. Such events are important to familiarize school administrators, teachers, and students with unique ways to teach basic science concepts in a creative manner to spur entrepreneurship and prepare students to drive innovation in science and technology-based industries.”
Speaking at the closing ceremony, Mardan district nazim Himayat Ullah Mayar announced that Rs20 million would be set aside in the next years’ Annual Development Plan to popularize science activities in the district and to set up well-equipped science labs at schools and colleges. He said the government would also provide funds for scaling up some of the innovative science models displayed at the festival. “Mardan Science Festival will be an annual event from now onwards,” he said.
The festival was organized jointly by the district administration, Taleemi Jirga, and Pakistan Alliance for Maths and Science.