10 things students should know about National Science Day- The 28th Feb!
Science and technology play a major role in making human lives better and comfortable. Starting from the usage of modern technology in agriculture to robotics, humans made everything possible now with the help of Science. For this reason, Science is respected in every corner of the world. But do you know who all are the mastermind behind these blessings? Many great scientists around the globe contributed their entire life to research along with India. We all know that on February 28, we celebrate National Science Day. But there are ten things you should know about being a student. Let us explore all the points about this special day. But before that, let us once again know what exactly is this day.
What Is National Science Day?
On February 28, we enjoyed the enthusiasm of Science and technology to actually recognize the importance and understanding of the Raman Effect in India by the great Indian physicist Sir CV Raman. It is still the most commendable science celebration in India organized by the universities and schools’ students by showing different science ventures as national level science displays.
How is National Science Day celebrated?
Different types of programs are held where different schools and colleges participate and showcase their science fields’ talents. In some schools, a lot of activities are organized to celebrate this day, while for o. In contrast, the day starts with Student-teachers’ special assembly on the History and Importance of the National Science Day. The Ministry of Science gives a special message on National Science Day’s event to fellow students, researchers, specialists, and India’s individuals. Few schools put up Science Quiz competitions and organize Science Antakshari. Simultaneously, some schools conduct an exhibition of science projects, models, charts, and demonstrations. The National Science Day celebration in school also includes a screening of science movies to foster joyful learning among school children.
10 things students must know:
- C.V Raman was exceptional in his studies; he passed his 10th at only 11 years of age, post which he passed the Intermediate-level of exam and joined the Presidency College in 1902.
- In 1986, the Government of India declared February 28 as National Science Day. The Government accepted and declared the day as the same.
- The primary objective of celebrating this day is to spread the importance of Science and its application worldwide.
- Do you know when science day was celebrated? It’s on February 28, 1987.
- But you will be surprised to know that the theme of National Science Day 2018, which was “Science and Technology for a Sustainable Future”, has been chosen to raise public appreciation of the scientific issues involved.
- Do you know what the National Council for Science & Technology Communication (NCSTC) of the Department of Science & Technology (DST) is for? It’s the nodal agency to support, catalyze, and coordinate such celebrations throughout the country, particularly in scientific institutions & research laboratories.
- DST started National Awards in 1987 to stimulate, encourage, and recognize outstanding efforts in science popularization communication and promote scientific temper.
- Sir CV Raman, who received the highest civilian award from his home country, the Bharat Ratna, in 1954, began his experiments for studying the scattering of light. His journey started when he, for the first time, introduced the Raman Spectroscopy for observing the vibrational and other low-frequency modes in a system. This is commonly used in chemical laboratories and serves as the ‘fingerprint’ for the substance from which the light is scattered.
- According to the academy citation, the Nobel Prize in Physics 1930 was awarded to C.V Raman for his work on light scattering. And finally, the discovery of the effect is named after him. This scattering phenomenon was later termed as ‘Raman scattering’ or the ‘Raman effect.’
- The National Award for Women Development for 2017 is also being conferred on NSD on Socio-Cultural Development Centre, Odisha.
National Science day activities:
1) Speech Competition
Many schools and colleges across India organize inter-school or inter-college speech competitions on this day. National Science Day is an excellent opportunity to make students aware of Science and technology. The speech competition topics are based on Science and technology or the latest trends in the country’s technology sector.
2) Quiz Competition
Don’t you think quizzes are the greatest way to increase the general knowledge regarding Science and technology? The quiz competition consists of multiple teams competing with each other throughout the various rounds. Questions get more challenging as the games proceed. If you are the host, you are free to include the question from different topics such as Science, mathematics, logical reasoning, etc.
3) Essay Writing Competition
Some students are better in writing as compared to vocal skills. So why not go for an essay competition. For students, it would be an excellent opportunity to develop their skill sets as well. Wondering what topics you can include? As mentioned before, essay competitions should be related to Science and technology, essays on famous scientists in India such as the late Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, and the latest trends in the technology field Digital India Campaign can also be your topics.
4) Science Exhibition/ Science Fair
This is considered the best day to encourage aspiring students who are willing to showcase their talent through their science projects. In such an exhibition, they can make models of the various phenomena in nature and explain them to their fellow mates and the audience. Science fairs can showcase the various science projects from multiple schools in one place, helping educate the students about the importance of Science and technology.
5) Science Debates
The debate can be the best way to increase the knowledge of students by counterfeiting two sides. There should be two teams competing with each other in the debate, and every team has to prove they are right by putting forward logical, sensible arguments, facts, and statistics.
It is very important to create interest and awareness about Science and technology into students’ minds from childhood. National Science Day is definitely the best way to ignite the students’ interest in Science and technology and appreciate the contributions of many scientists to India’s growing technology.
How did you celebrate today in your school? We are all ears to you. Please share your story with us in the comments below!