All is set for this year’s National Schools’ Science Fair to take place at Kamuzu Academy in Kasungu from 2nd July to 5th July, 2017.
This is an annual event in which secondary school students in the country showcase their scientific knowledge and skills in form of a competition.
In this year’s fair, Kamuzu Academy is holding the event in conjunction with Press Trust, Lab Enterprises, Airtel, Anglia Book Distributors and National Commission for Science and Technology (NCST).
According to the coordinator of this year’s fair, Jack Kam’mayani, the aim of this year’s fair is promoting scientific and technological innovations in students- the basis for socio-economic development in Malawi.
100 secondary schools drawn from all the six education divisions in Malawi are expected to participate in the 2017 National Schools’ Science Fair.
Schools will choose to compete in any of the five categories namely Environment and Climate Change, Energy Sources, Health, Value Addition and Preservation as well as Scientific and Technology Innovations.
Among the schools from the Northern Education Division are Lupaso Community Day Secondary School, Maghemo Secondary School, Mary Mount Girls Catholic Secondary School, Kaseye Girls Secondary School, Phwezi Boys Secondary School, Rumphi Secondary School, Katoto Secondary School and Chibavi Community Day Secondary School.
In the 2016 National Schools’ Science Fair held at the same venue, Rumphi Secondary School were the national champions with their project entitled “A Simple Flood Detector Circuit”. On position 2 was Beautiful Gate Academy with “Wooden Brick Making Machine” while Mary Mount Girls Catholic Secondary School came third with “Purifying Water Using Banana Peels”.
For the first time from the Northern Education Division, Chibavi Community Day Secondary School participated under the tutelage of Science teacher Noel Mhone and their project was entitled “Lemon Grass Mosquito Repellent”. The school finished on position 12 from the 24 schools that took part last year.
Speaking to Nyasa Times on Chibavi CDSS’ preparation this year, Mhone said he and his students are well prepared this year as they expect tough competition this year after debut participation with the school last year.
“Our project this year is entitled E-Notes. This is an android application that, as the name suggests, will contain notes for various subjects taught in Malawian Secondary Schools. Our aim is to simplify life for a Malawian secondary student. With this application, a student will be able to study the notes anywhere as long as their android phone has the application. You see we are now in the digital world where digital literacy is now a must,” explained the soft spoken Mhone.
Other notable schools to this year’s fair include Dedza Secondary School, Dzaleka Community Day Secondary School, Mangochi Secondary School, Zomba Catholic Secondary School and Joyce Banda Foundation.