On March 17 and 18, 2023, KSS set its course towards Eminabad, a town near Gujranwala, where Government Islamia High School No. 2 opened its gates for us. The Mela incorporated two of KSS’s biggest demonstrations; The LHC Tunnel and Khalai Kachwa (planetarium) which were a huge success.
The beaming laser show, football with protons at LHC, peek into the nano world via a microscopy show and shrinking balloons while learning leidenfrost effect were highlights of the mela. Wonders of space science were not only explored through the planetarium, but the solar telescope made it possible for people to descry the sun.
On February 2nd, 2023, the Pak Alliance for Maths and Science (PAMS) and the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training (MoFEPT) organized a celebratory event to acknowledge the efforts of government schools in Islamabad that have embraced the STEAM-based pedagogy. Titled as the ‘STEAM Competition Awards Ceremony,’ the event was graced by the presence of hundreds of government school teachers and students. The Khwarizmi Science Society (KSS) was invited by PAMS to conduct two transformational teacher training workshops at the ceremony.
Dr Sabieh Anwar and Dr Muhammad Mustafa were invited for a talk on Forman Christian College’s International Workshop on Science Journalism 11th – 12th January 2023. The subject conferred was
‘Science Festivals As A Means to Citizen Empowerment’.
Dr Sabieh Anwar educated the audience about gaps in our science education, role of culture and history in science and the whole concept of Science Mela. Dr Muhammad Mustafa elaborated further on the human characters of Mela, society’s representation and role in character building.
The KSS team visited the Zaawiya Trust School to distribute particle physics colouring books in Urdu. Designed by CERN, these two books on the particles of the universe and the ATLAS experiment were printed in and translated in Urdu by the Khwarizmi Science Society and the volunteers, Syeda Amina and Hamza Hanif. KSS has distributed almost 400 books to the The Trust School, the Little Stars Orphanage in Vehari, and Takmil School branches in Muzafargarh, Balochistan, and Sindh along with the Zaawiya Trust School.
Ms Mohsina Asif and Mr Muhammad Yausoob distributed colouring books amongst children and entertained them with short films about CERN and ATLAS. We can’t wait to see these budding scientists and artists bloom!
KSS delivered a teacher training program in Gilgit-Baltistan with the support of ALIGHT Pakistan and the
Directorate of Education Gilgit-Baltistan. The attendees belonged to the ten districts of Gilgit-Baltistan and
consisted of 20 female and 24 male teachers. The two-day workshop brought together STEM school &
college teachers from all the districts of Gilgit-Baltistan. The workshop was also attended by people from the
Education Department of Gilgit-Baltistan, members of ALIGHT Pakistan, and the students at the College of
Education where the workshop was held.