Camp in Kannada sparks chemistry interest in kids

Children from various parts of Karnataka learn Chemistry concepts in Kannada through fun activities at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research in Bengaluru. DH PHOTO

 Inspiring youngsters, especially those studying in high school, to develop interest in chemistry, a three-day residential Chemistry Camp programme was organised in the city by the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), the Royal Society of Chemistry and Salter’s Institute (UK). The camp concluded on Sunday.

The programme, popularly known as Salters’ Chemistry Camps, was conducted in Kannada for 70 students from various parts of Karnataka. Learning chemistry with fun, not only did the students evince interest in the subject, they also acquired the basic foundation in chemical sciences.

Ever since the programme was launched in 2015, about 20 Salters’ Chemistry camps have been held, training over 1,200 students from 350 schools across 12 states. Sharing his thoughts on the programme, Bharat Ratna Prof CNR Rao - who is also the honorary president of JNCASR near Jakkur (which hosted the event) - said, “This camp is aimed at reaching out to the less privileged, but bright young minds of our society who have a zeal to learn and know key scientific concepts through experimentation.” 

Prof Sir John Holman, chairman, Salters’ Institute and past president of the Royal Society of Chemistry, said, “The Salters’ Chemistry Camps have been very successful in the UK as a way of sparking interest and enthusiasm among young people for the future study of chemistry. We are pleased to extend the Salters Camps’ concept to India.”

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