Development of scientific thinking in students
“Research has shown that students who engage in well-designed laboratory experiences develop problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, as well as gain exposure to reactions, materials, and equipment in a lab setting.” Source: Here
We at Oakridge, one of the top International Schools in Bengaluru believe in exposing our learners to experience and learn. Here students are encouraged to learn things by doing. The facilitators ensure each student is given a chance to unravel the mysteries of science. And what could be apter than a Science Exhibition where students get a chance to pick their own topic, experiment and research on it, and present it to the audience.
In line with this, Oakridge International School, Bengaluru campus organized Utkranti – Science Day on February 27th, 2019. We created opportunities for our students of grade 1-4 MYP to explore and choose ideas alone for the experiments to be showcased on Science Day. The choices of experiments were excellent exhibiting the interest and passion for science. Utkranti day dawned bright and sunny with excitement in the air. The enthusiastic creationists displayed their discoveries on their respective stalls and showcase their talents and knowledge to all.
The entire academic block was filled with awe-inspiring experiments. It was a treat to our senses watching the students showcasing the experiments, explaining and answering questions coming their way with confidence oozing out.
Right from Elephant’s toothpaste, Wiggling Worms, Making Ice Cream without Freezer, Psychology of colors, Making Ripples in water, Using the right shampoo to Blast Furnace and Fancy auto cars- all these were on the display and many more. The parents and staff of Oakridge were mesmerized by the way students conducted the experiments. The love for science was so evident in each and every table.
The experiment display was followed by JAM- Just a minute competition where the finalists were given topic 30 minutes before and on their turn had to come and talk on the topic for a minute. This competition was literally ruled by our youngest MYP students, MYP 1. The way they expressed their views on the topic – Traditional medicine versus Modern medicine which astounded and amazed the judges. The judges were highly impressed by these young budding scientists.
Last but not least, the Oakridgers witnessed a Ramp walk of great scientists from sands of times. We had Einstein, Graham Bell, Newton, Galileo, APJ Kalam, J C BOSE, Kalpana Chawla, Marie Curie, Stephen Hawkins and many more walked the ramp and enthralled the audience.
Follow your heart and that is what they did!