BY MUNTALLA INUSAH | firstname.lastname@example.org
THE 15TH edition of Galaxy International School’s ‘Science and Makers’ fair has been held with a call on the students to ask more questions in order for them to discover new things.
The annual event on the school’s academic calendar is meant to encourage the students to put the theories they have studied in maths and science into practice and also patronize science-related activities.
The fair, on the theme ‘Imagine, Invent and Inspire’, had 70 stands displaying not only science projects but also those areas such as Maths, Arts, French and ICT.
The former Director of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Prof Micheal Nsowah, who performed the official opening ceremony, commended Galaxy International School for constantly demystifying the study of science and maths through such fairs.
“The importance of science in nation-building cannot be overemphasised. Any country which wants to develop must put science at the core of its education. Galaxy International School is playing a major role in trying to create interest in the teaching of science and also create interest in students for them to discover things that can help this nation grow. The country is now on the road to industrialisation and we need science to do it,” he said.
‘Ask more questions’
He however expressed worry about the rate at which tertiary institution like the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and the Polytechnics were paying more attention to the humanities than the sciences.
“At the SHS, the idea is to get more science students into the tertiary institutions, but again that is not the case. That is why Galaxy International School has taken the giant step to deal with this. We need science students who would be interested in what we produce in this country.
“We should know why we grow so many crops but most of them go to waste. We need students to unearth that and give us the way forward. I expect students to ask more questions to know more about the how and why. If you start asking questions, you will be able to come out (sic) with solutions to these problems,” Prof Nsowah said.
‘Train them young’
Pupils of the school between the ages of three and sixteen showcased various science experiments in physics, chemistry, biology, social sciences and the arts at the fair.
However, in his welcoming address, Principal of the secondary division of the school, Cafer Tepeli, explained that the pivot around which science turns the fortunes of the world revolves around the outcomes of exhibitions organised for the students at an early age.
“Science plays an important role in our lives. It is what will make the world the best place for all of us and improves productivity. We all are beneficiaries of many great inventions which have changed the way we live. Science can change our future but the future of our science lies in the hands of aspiring young people with great minds. Young people can innovate and make the world a better place to be,” he noted.
Mr Tepeli expressed worry over the seemingly lack of interest of the ordinary Ghanaian child towards the learning of science due to the notion that the subject is extremely difficult to comprehend.
“Science is problem-solving and this is the 15th edition of Science and Makers fair. Carry out projects that solve problems of the world. Build a socio-cultural environment and bring people with common interest to the school and opportunity to showcase the talent for the future. Science plays valuable role in our lives and has done this to create an enabling environment. Telephone and internets have all been inventions of science and it is important to inspire the young minds to take interest in science,” he said.
National science fair
Madam Kate Agyei, the mathematics and science coordinator at the Adentan Municipal Assembly who represented the municipal director of education urged the students not to leave whatever they study in the classroom to remain there.
“It is important we don’t leave what we study in the school in the school. We will have regional and national science fair.
The students mounted a variety of projects from biology, chemistry, physics, maths and Information Technology, social sciences and arts through the research guidance and supervision of their teachers.
About 50 projects ranging from biodiversity, basic electronics, chemical reactions, agriculture, biological systems, robotics, technology, waste management geometry and ratio among others were on display, with the students explaining their underlying scientific or mathematics concepts, as well as the impacts on everyday life to other students, parents, and participants.
The one-day fair attracted students from other schools as well as parents who came to share in the joy of science.
About Galaxy International School
The school was established to provide an excellent and quality day and boarding education to children of Ghanaian and foreign nationals within and outside Ghana.
It is basically science-oriented with state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities.