International science festival begins

Students from India, Thailand and US  participate

A three-day international science fair involving hundreds of school children from India, Thailand and the US began here Monday, officials said.

The festival is being organised under the GLOBE programme by the Indian Environment Society (IES) and is being sponsored by the American Center, the public affairs section of the US embassy.

Focus on environment    

The GLOBE programme is a worldwide community of students, teachers and citizens working together to improve earth's environment at local, regional and global scales.

It was designed by former American Vice President Al Gore. “During the fair students and faculty from different backgrounds will come together and discuss issues related to science, environment, technology etc.”  Donald Maynard, cultural affairs officer, north India programmes at the American Center, said “The idea is to provide a common platform to the youth who have the vision to change things around them with the help of science,” he added.

Myriad events

The fair will see presentations, cultural programmes, exhibitions and street plays, related to environmental issues.

The GLOBE program is present in 112 countries worldwide including 58,000 trained teachers and 1.5 million students.

According to Desh Bandhu, president of IES and director of GLOBE Regional Office Asia-Pacific, around 2,000 Indian schools are associated with the GLOBE program.

The teachers are trained for a period of three to five days by the IES on a particular subject related to environment. The teachers then train students in their respective schools with the US embassy providing all the required tools.

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