On March 9, GIIS Queenstown campus auditorium was converted into a Dinosaur Park, with an impressive ‘Dinosaur Land’ display on stage supported by audio-visual effects. The exhibition, ‘Einstein in Me’ presented scientific experiments by K2 students of GIIS Queenstown campus.
Organised with the objective of nurturing and sustaining interest of children in science projects through hands-on-learning, the event was inaugurated by Ms Aparna Temurnikar and Ms Smita Wargantiwar; special invitees to the exhibition. The event was attended by Mr Rajiv Vasudeva, Country Director, Singapore, Mr B G Shenoy, Director, GCCE, Mr Ramesh Mudgal, Principal, GIIS Queenstown Campus, and Mr Madhukar Sonawane, Operations Manager. Teachers from GIIS East Coast and Balestier campuses also visited the exhibition, providing encouragement to the young students.
The exhibition emphasised GIIS’ integrated approach to connect classroom learning to the practical facet of education for each child. This approach enables students to understand the world around them and gain an interest in scientific phenomena. As science involves using knowledge that has been generated through process skills, performing experiments gives their curiosity a boost to explore the world around them.
‘Einstein in Me’ showcased the kinaesthetic and speaking skills of students, leaving the visitors spellbound with presentations made confidently by little ones. Visitors - young and adult alike - were fascinated with the in-depth explanation of scientific phenomena based on principles of gravity, magnets, colour change and more. Children deftly combined the challenge of explaining and demonstrating their presentations,
A special exhibit which excited children and adults was the Archaeology Corner, displaying dinosaur fossils and eggs, a huge dinosaur footprint, a dinosaur catalogue and self-quizzing section.
The event created a bond between parents, students and teachers. Parents lent enthusiastic support to the school teachers, working together with their children to create the scientific project displays. The initiative was appreciated by parents, as it not only allowed them to support their children in making their project, but also observe the progress of their child first-hand.
Ms Devaki Ramachandran, parent of Mahamantra, K2 A, said, "My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed the event all the way from deciding on the experiment title to the materials collection to the results and presentation. I was amazed to observe how quick these children were in grasping and assimilate new things. The fair presented the parents sheer enthusiasm to discuss not only science but also to experiment their role as parent-teacher, explaining and sharing their profound knowledge with their young ones. This indeed turned out to be a wonderful opportunity for all the Kindergarten students to reveal their simple science talents".
"This science event was very insightful and learning was great. Kudos to the kindergarten teachers for organising the dinosaur exhibition. All my three kids - Sriharsha, Sebareesh and Phani, enjoyed it a lot", said Ms Srusti Sikhakollu, parent of Sriharsha, K2 B.