Bringing Science to Thar

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Thousands of children from across Thar gathered with excitement to play, learn, imagine, explore and discover the wonders of science at The Dawood Foundation (TDF) MagnifiScience Thar Exhibition, organized in collaboration with the Thar Foundation, Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC), Engro Corporation and Engro Powergen Thar (Pvt.) Limited.

TDF MagnifiScience Exhibition is an initiative by The Dawood Foundation that brings Pakistan’s leading corporations and public sector organisations along with academia, entrepreneurs and specialists in various science fields on a single platform to promote the culture of science, technology and critical thinking in the country. The exhibition was held in Karachi in 2016 and 2017 and was the biggest science exhibition in the country in terms of attendance, reach and impact. The exhibitions were able to attract over 50,000 visitors each year.

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The MagnifiScience Exhibition by The Dawood Foundation aims to make quality education accessible for all and encourage the quest for science in a remote area like Thar where literacy rate is low. The idea of bringing TDF MagnifiScience to Thar stemmed from Thar Foundation’s philosophy to create avenues for children and students of Thar to interact with functional school experience.

TDF MagnifiScience Thar Exhibition is a two-day event which is free of charge for public to experience science through various interactive activities and exhibits made by professionals. Enthusiastic children explored interesting themes such as Optical Illusions, Forces and Motion, Sound, Mind Games and Health. Each theme has exhibits designed by professionals to explain the basic principles of science and their practical demonstration.

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In Optical Illusion theme, children were amazed when they saw the ‘Talking Head Illusion’ where one sees the head without the body and Infinity Box which creates endless duplicates of your faces. Exhibits in Health theme gave children an enriching learning experience about human body including showing how veins and arteries work and how different human body functions.

Young scientists formed groups to make structures with dowels and rubber bands in Forces and Motion theme while some engineered pathways with PVC pipes. Observing forces like magnetic fields and sound waves through demonstration thrilled children in the theme.

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Sharing her views on hosting the exhibition in Thar, General Manager of The Dawood Foundation, Syed Fasihuddin Biyabani, said, “TDF MagnifiScience is nationally recognized as an innovative method of promoting science literacy in society through informal learning. It is encouraging to see that students and teachers of Thar showing enthusiasm to learn science. We believe that it is important to give the students of Thar a chance to experience science like their counterparts in the metropolis.”

A large number of attendees belonging from all walks of life including politicians, educationists, specialists, entrepreneurs, science clubs, environmentalists and many others attended the exhibition. It was also open for the public and private schools in Thar, coalescing on a single platform to talk and exploring the wonders of science.

TDF MagnifiScience was held at TCF School, Engro Campus, Islamkot, Tharparkar, on 26th and 27th October, 2018.

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