According to the sources of Daily Notable, The Federal Directorate of Education, Ministry of Federal Education and Training in collaboration with STEAM Pakistan organized a multi-level STEAM competition for FDE schools across Islamabad which culminated in a celebration for the winners and top schools yesterday.
STEAM Pakistan strives to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics for all government school students, especially girls. The arts are an essential complement to the traditional “STEM” model to enhance innovation, creativity and social learning.
The competition was announced in January and was open to all public high schools and universities. A total of 167 schools participated in the qualifying round. Qualifying students were invited to compete in any of three categories – Building Blocks, Art in Action and STEAM Rock Star. The building blocks required students to construct dynamic models related to the STEAM concept.
Contributions included working water filtration, earthquake detectors, robots and more! Art in Action required students to demonstrate educational concepts in creative and innovative art – submissions for this round included beautiful paintings, sculptures and models and drawings.
The final category, STEAM Rock Star, required students to create raps, poems or songs that teach STEAM concepts. Entries included raps about the function of the human heart and physics concepts, songs about the potential of science, and more! Students competed at the area level in six sectors of Islamabad – Bhara Kau, Nilore, Urban I, Urban II, Tarnol and Sihala. Teachers also had the opportunity to compete for “Perfect Pedagogy”.
The winning students and teachers from each sector had a full red carpet experience along with cash prizes and recognition from the Federal Ministry of Education and Training! 21 outstanding student entries were awarded PKR 5,000 and the top 15 student entries across all categories were awarded PKR 20,000-25,000. The best teachers were awarded PKR 20,000 for submitting innovative and engaging teaching techniques. In addition, Mr. Aamir Khawaja, Secretary,
Federal Ministry of Education and Vocational Training announced PKR 50,000 cash awards for schools in the north that have performed exceptionally throughout the year under the STEAM School Journey. He urged schools to use the funds to organize more STEAM activities for students.
All of the more than 1,200 students in attendance had special courses. These included art activities, science demonstrations, musical and mathematical performances, STEAM game shows and STEAM Safeer lectures by exceptional leaders from the FIA, corporate sector, sports and PIA and science demonstrations. Mr. Aamir Khawaja also encouraged the students to work hard and follow their dreams.
Mr. Waseem Ajmal, Additional Secretary MoFEPT was also present and in his concluding remarks encouraged the students to keep pushing, questioning, staying curious and looking up to people like Galileo who pushed the boundaries of accepted knowledge. – PUNA