“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”- Benjamin Franklin
Both NIS Sherouk and First Settlement campuses, were overflowing with scientific knowledge from all grade levels. Welcome to the annual Science Fair.
The school continuously aspires to involve its students in order to achieve an exceptional and unforgettable educational experience. Among the school’s main goals is to challenge students and get them out of their comfort zone; to push them to discover new aspects of their personalities, talents, and skills.
In the course of the educational process, there are certain lessons, activities or readings that stick to a student’s mind; the science fair is one of them. It aims to grant students the opportunity to use what they learn in class in a project, of their own choice, and put their knowledge to practice.
Over the span of three quarters, students work in groups and meticulously plan out their project; they create a hypothesis, conduct research, conduct experiments, and report their findings. Not only does this stimulate their sense of creativity and encourages teamwork, it also breaks the daily school routine and involves students in the practical part of the curriculum.
“The school plays a great role in enabling us as students to grow in areas like research through fun yet encouraging events like the annual science fair,” explained tenth grader Menna Tarek.
Each division competes on its own with suitable projects for every age group; students came to school prepared with their display charts, research papers, presentations, and their projects or prototypes. Judges roamed the hallways and classrooms and assessed each group on the research paper quality, whether the project correctly followed the steps of the scientific method, the visual display of the chart, presentation, and the overall idea of the project.
Such an event allows the school to evaluate the progress and knowledge of its students. Teachers also get to witness the outcome of what they have been teaching the students. According to high school science teacher, Mr. Mohamed El Khouly, “this year’s science fair was a great success; the students’ performance was extraordinary and their projects were very impressive.”
The students always raise the bar with their performance in such events leaving the NIS community on the eager to know what they will do next year.