At the recently held one-day Winter Science Camp at Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad, 340 students aged between 14 to 21 years from 45 universities and colleges participated from all over Pakistan. The science camp is first of its kind and had been organised by Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) and the National Centre for Physics (NCP). The main purpose of the camp was to motivate and inspire young students to pursue research careers in scientific and technological fields.
Only through research and innovative ideas can real development take place and involving students from all across Pakistan will bring grassroot change in the country’s socio-economic situation when they will grow up to make their creative dreams come true. These creative dreams are then part of a successful vision for a state, and Pakistan’s story will be no different. There is only one path to success through people, and that is in facilitating the creative force in as many ways as possible.
In this first Winter Science Camp at QAU, there were such programmes as thematic lectures, NCP’s scientific laboratories, group activities and demonstration of model experiments on science and technology. An exhibition organised by PSF was held for science and technology models and there was a planetarium show too. Besides participation from the students, different scientists and researchers also shared their enthusiasm by joining in with the students.
With the participation of experts in the field and their encouraging words for the students who will serve the country in the near future, the activities really opened scientific attitude and research culture was promoted. Hopefully, more of such science camps will be organised with participation from all colleges and universities. Even schools should be allowed their own science camps supported by PSF to promote scientific attitude and learning aim in students.