The third annual MagnifiScience Exhibition kicks off tomorrow in Thar. Thousands of children are expected to gather to explore and learn about science at the event, which will be hosted by The Dawood Foundation (TDF). The Thar exhibition is being organized in collaboration with the Thar Foundation.
The aim of the event is to make science education accessible to the children of Thar and surrounding areas, and to promote a culture appreciative of science as well as critical thinking. However, unlike previous events the Thar exhibition will take place over a period of two days rather than three. It will be held at the The Citizens Foundation (TCF) School, Engro Campus. Exhibits will be open from 9AM to 4PM. The event will be open to the public.
This is the first MagnifiScience Exhibition being held outside Karachi. The initiative has been generally well received in the past, with 20,000 children from 55 schools attending the first day of the exhibition in 2016. Notable officials of the Sindh government also made an appearance a the event, including Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah.
Attended by 50,000 people over a three-day period, the Pakistani press referred to the 2017 MagnifiScience Exhibition as Pakistan’s “biggest science exhibition” once the event had concluded. Speaking on the occasion, TDF CEO Sabrina Dawood said, “It has become important for us, as a nation, to rekindle the love of science in our youth and promote critical thinking amongst them. Such learning spaces in Karachi are extremely important where anyone and everyone can come to learn, imagine and explore.”
Sharing her views on hosting the exhibition in Thar, TDF General Manager Syed Fasihuddin Biyabani said, “TDF MagnifiScience is nationally recognized as an innovative method of promoting science literacy in society through informal learning. It is encouraging to see that students and teachers of Thar showing enthusiasm to learn science. We believe that it is important to give the students of Thar a chance to experience science like their counterparts in the metropolis.”