The Scintilla Science club is the oldest of the many extra-curricular clubs at St. Joseph Higher Secondary School, and probably the oldest of its kind in the country. For more than fifty years, this club has put on the Annual Science Fair, and for the last decade this event has taken the shape of one of the largest science festivals in the country. This year the club was back with its annual event, with an array of exciting competitions and the promise of an event displaying class, heritage and excellence.
The official inauguration of the festival was scheduled on the 19th last month, but proceedings had begun on the 15th with the olympiads taking place. This year the club had a total of 7 olympiads arranged for the participants. It was a huge turn up, and the organizers pulled off the tough job of ably managing around a thousand participants in all the olympiads combined. American International University Bangladesh (AIUB), one of the sponsors of the festival came up with a brand new event called the Engineering Olympiad, which would test the participants' ability in the applied sciences. Samiha Shameem, a tenth grader from Viqarunnisa Noon School was there to participate in the biology Olympiad. "I've been to a fair number of such events, but the management here really stands out. I had the feeling that the questions were well set and challenging to answer," she said.
The main event kicked off on the 19th March, with the inauguration ceremony, which was attended by chief guest Dr. M. A. Mazed, Director of Bangladesh Academy of Sciences. After the inauguration the guests visited the science project exhibition taking place in the school premises. This year, the Scintilla Science club broke out of tradition to arrange a largely contested Inter School Science Project Exhibition, which saw more than four hundred entries, with around fifty contestants from different schools around the city. The school premises were buzzing with excitement and the science project exhibition attracted a crowd throughout the three days of the event. A Scrapbook and Art Exhibition was also underway in the school campus where entries from the host students were displayed.
The Scintilla Science Club Annual Science Festival 2014 came to an end on the 21st of March with the prize giving and closing ceremony. The closing ceremony was attended by chief guest Dr. Khandaker Shabbir Ahmed, Head of the Department of Architecture, BUET and the principal of St. Joseph Higher Secondary School, Br. Robi Purification, CSC. Jyoti Prokash Biswas, one of the winners of the science project competition says, "My project was called Productive Use of Carbon Dioxide. The fact that the judges were able to understand my point of view and were keen on rewarding me for it is quite delightful."
This event was organized by the efforts of a combined student and teacher panel of the Scintilla Science Club. It was partially sponsored by BanglaCat and Polar Ice Cream with knowledge partners ULAB and AIUB.