Exhibiting the Young Scientists
Tahmina Bintey Ahmed
Every year, the Gregorian Science Club (GS) organised a grand science fair, which began in 1964. There was a time when the whole city of Dhaka would blend into the festive mood at St. Gregory's. A huge number of people visit the fair every year. More than half the number of students gets busy with their science projects and preparing their displays to the guests and visitors. Every year, the fair is organised after the first terminal exams and before the summer vacations to give students an ample amount of time to prepare their projects. The fair usually kicks off for three days where the projects are judged by science teachers of other schools and colleges on the second day. GSC is one of the oldest and active clubs of St. Gregory. It was founded by Brother Donald Becker followed by Brother Hobart and Mrinal Kanti Dey, who was the moderator during that period. Brother Donald, with his single laboratory, but a powerhouse of energy and boost, would encourage the students towards learning more science.
Participants explaining their project to the guests, Courtesy: ST. Gregory High School
After the three-day long inter-school festival, the prize giving ceremony of St. Gregory's Inter School Science Fair and Art Exhibition 2011 was held on March 29 in the school premises. The Education Minister, Nurul Islam Nahid distributed prizes as the chief guest among the winners. Professor Dr. Jamilur Reza Choudhury, former adviser to the Caretaker Government was present as a special guest. Reverend Paulinus Costa, Archbishop of Dhaka Archdiocese presided over the programme. The fair was inaugurated by Brother Robi Purification, Headmaster and Secretary of St. Gregory's High School on March 27.
|Mr. Nurul Islam Nahid speaking to the participants, Courtesy: ST. Gregory High School
This time from 735 young scientists, 205 science projects were selected from St. Gregory High School, St. Francis Xavier's Girls' High School, Central Girls' High School, Kamrunnesa Girls' High School, Hasnabad High School, Bangla Bazaar Government Girls' High School, Dhaka Collegiate School and from other renowned schools. These projects were divided into groups as Kids Group (Class 3 to 4), Junior Group (Class 5 to 6), Intermediate Group (Class 7 to 8) and Senior Group (Class 9 to 10).
The management committee arranged 188 prizes for the competitors. The fair was untied for the audience from 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm. Besides the fair, Mathematics Olympiad, Chemistry Olympiad, Physics Olympiad and Biology Olympiad were also organised from 9.00 am to 12.00 pm.