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Supernova '17 - Al Qamar's STEM fest

posted 4 Mar 2017, 08:16 by Webmaster Alqamar   [ updated 4 Mar 2017, 08:21 ]

Supernova ’17, an inter school STEM festival was held at Al Qamar Academy to commemorate the National Science Day on 28th February 2017.

Over 13 schools participated in this fun filled event which tested the intellectual prowess of the children. All participants really enjoyed themselves in a spirit of healthy competition. MashaAllah, the children demonstrated their ability in Mathematical and scientific thinking, logical skills and engineering creativity. Most importantly, these skills were displayed without any help from adults.

The Math Olympiad was designed on the lines of the International Math Olympiad. Teams which qualified for the Final Rounds had to solve 8 extremely tough problems in a space of 1 hour. "I didn't know I could do it. The problems were so tough. But I still won!" exclaimed one happy participant.

The Science Quiz was designed to test conceptual understanding and scientific thinking. The quiz was made exciting with the addition of a POUNCE option - where any team which thought it knew the answer to a question had an option to answer.   

Participants in the Strategy Games had a wonderful time doing what they love best - playing games! With the sub juniors fighting for the title in Othello, the Juniors had to battle it out with Hares & Hounds and Rush Hour. 

Possibly the most fun event of the festival was the Maker Fest. Teams of mini engineers were challenged to make a bridge and a ball launcher using a bunch of household items. The team with the strongest and longest bridge won! The ball launcher contraptions were innovative to say the least - using tailor's elastic, metal scales, paper cups to launch a smiley ball!

Al Qamar students were hosts and thereby didn't compete for any of the prizes. Our students also ran science and math booths for visitors. One student invited guests to predict which items would float, another had students guessing answers to questions on optical illusions.  A bunch ran a Maker Booth where they taught others how to make things with junk.  Predictably, one young soul ran a lemonade stand and made money hand over fist.

The Prize giving ceremony honoured the winners. Prize winners were invited to speak about their experience. The Maker Fest participants demonstrated their ball launchers, while others spoke humbly about their win.

MashaAllah, it was a wonderful day. May Allah bless us with this opportunity next year also.



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