MOBILE SCIENCE EXHIBITION KICKS OFF AT U.T.C.V SCHOOL
‘Science On Wheels – A mobile science exhibition kicked off here in our school on October 7. The project is funded by US Embassy, New Delhi and supported by Department of Education (DOE), Central Tibetan Administration(CTA). It was carried out under the leadership of Mr. Jamyang Gyaltsen who is the Science Education Officer of DOE with help and support from three of our science teachers Mr. Tenzin Ngodup, Mr. Tenzin Jamyang and Ms. Deckyi Dolkar. The star of the day were the 50 students from eighth , ninth and tenth grade who took part in the exhibit with their models. Most of the exhibits were developed by the students.
Prof. Ronald Vale from United States was the Chief Guest for the inaugural exhibition. He is the Vice Chair of the Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, University of California. Prof. Ronald is one of the three scientists who received the 2012 Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research, the award which is sometimes referred to as ‘American Nobel’ because many recipients in the past have subsequently won Nobel Prize. Mr Ngodup Tsering, the Secretary of the Department of Education , Mr. Thupten Dorji, the General Secretary and Mr. Phuntsok Namgyal Director of Upper TCV School also graced the occasion.
Children who participated in the event had an interactive session with Prof. Ronald Vale in the afternoon. He shared his personal story and entertained questions from the students. A group of class VIII students also performed a Science Role play on plant and animal cell during the exhibition.
The primary objective of carrying out such exhibition according to Mr. Gyalsten is to enhance children’s interest in science and inspire the science teachers to incorporate hands-on/activity-based learning in their classrooms. When asked about the day , Tenzin Tsephel , one the student participant exclaimed ,“ It was a huge success. I am very happy and satisfied”. Mr. Tenzin Jamyang – mentor science teacher for the participating students expressed with full of emotion, “ This exhibition was really a good learning experience for all of us. I am deeply touched by the way Prof. Ronald Vale spent time and interacted with each and every student who presented their science model. This I think should be a model for all of us especially the teachers and the educationists.”
The Mobile Science Exhibition will tour six Tibetan schools in Dharamsala region (Lower TCV School, Petoen School, TCV Gopalpur, TCV Chauntra, STS Chauntra and TCV Suja) in the upcoming weeks