What is Pakistan Science Club Summer Camp?
Pakistan Science Club is proud to present its summer camp activity for the young learning mind. The purpose of our camp is to promote scientific learning and to teach the scientific method.
We have chosen the summer camp mainly due to the fact that children are free in the summer vacations and can indulge completely in this light and fun activity of learning. Also parents will be very proud by watching their child grasping the actual working of the scientific theory they study at school and these activities are done to take the understanding of the child to a new height.
It suggests experimental activities, it addresses Amateur Scientists and it can be useful in school too. In fact, experimental activities have important didactic functions in making the comprehension of abstract concepts easier, in motivating inattentive boys and girls toward scientific study.
The activities also provide the possibility of observing the real world more closely and acting upon it. They promote team work in games. The Pakistan Science Club is trying to revalue scientific knowledge and the real world in the eye of boys and girls, which has been often made boring by abstract teaching.
What does Pakistan Science Club promotes?
PSC summer camp promotes laboratory activities such as performing scientific experiments or building instruments. It makes an effort to supply the information and methods to create fully functional instruments and to carry out genuine research activities to which people might become dedicated for the rest of their lives.
Objectives of Pakistan Science Club:
Our experiments should also be suitable for very young children. There are also boys and girls do not really like this kind of things and are only looking for experiments to do in half an hour just to please their teacher.Other people prefer to buy ready-made instruments.
We have started from a different point of view. Most children naturally want to manipulate things and they are innately curious about Nature. There are many boys, girls and adults who aren’t satisfied with very simple projects or with ready-made instruments and love to explore the world experimentally. There are people who like nothing better than a fairly demanding project, through which they can use and satisfy their natural creativity.
Also we have tried to interest children and those who are less committed:
Our projects are not too complicated and do not need special tools. So everyone can become involved as much they want. We know that boys or girls, who have built a simple telescope, using basic lenses and cardboard tubes, may feel tempted by this success to progress on to building a telescope with an achromatic objective and metal tubes. Each of these steps develops both technical and cognitive skills, allowing boys and girls to make an important leap forward. It brings about improvements in the manipulative skills, knowledge and self-confidence which are very important for teenagers.
Advantages of practical activities
Manipulative skills are very ancient and are easier than linguistic ones:
Linguistic abilities have been acquired by our species in relatively recent times where as human manipulative abilities are very ancient and they are performed much more easily. Practical experiments are advantageous in that they call upon more faculties and not just linguistic ones. The students feel like they have participated and this make the lesson more real.
Practical activities involve several forms of memory including visual, other senses and manipulative. This provides a concrete link to the abstract knowledge so the whole experience is reinforced.
Interacting directly with the World is also a way to understand it:
The fundamental principles of an instrument’s functioning are often understood during its construction. You can observe physical laws operate as you carry out a scientific experiment. Later these can theoretically be analyzed and organized. Practical activities are also cognitive activities:
They supply the fundamental data to be processed and develop the abilities of induction, judgment and synthesis. Practical activities open the doors to understanding abstract concepts and make learning easy. We can say that knowledge is not really acquired until it is experienced in some manner.
Ability to pass from theory to practice:
Laboratory activities allow us to interact with physical reality, so using knowledge about the properties of materials, about working and using them, together with the design process we can pass easily from theory to practice. Teaching without practical work tends to produce adults unable to pass from theory into practice. Unfortunately, at school, teaching is often largely theoretical, so when students go out to work they meet problems putting their knowledge into practice and find it difficult to integrate them productively.
Learning through play:
Practical activities are so well suited to our nature we often do them for fun. This aspect of experimental activities enlivens children’s interest so they will be more attentive in the theoretical phase. These activities stimulate less-motivated students to participate in lessons. Students are often motivated to deepen their knowledge in these fields.
Friends and parents can carry out these creative activities together providing precious occasions for them interact constructively with children. At school also it is possible to organize groups made up of students and teachers together with specialists and volunteers.
Rediscover the fascinating aspects of the World which surround us:
Our knowledge allows us to create a mental model of the World. School often only provides theoretical models of the world around us making it appear dull. We are accustomed to much more interesting models containing the sounds, smells and other perceptions that stimulate our emotions and our ability to perceive the poetry in all things. Our experimental and practical activities promote the acquisition of a fuller, brighter image of the World. Also PSC is trying to indicate some fascinating aspects of the World in order to provide a more positive image of Science and the World in the eyes of boys and girls. Nature is rich with wonders and opportunities to reflect upon it. It is necessary to rediscover this dimension and to avoid the abstract teaching that mummifies reality. The world is not reducible to its linguistic or mathematical representation and it is necessary to avoid covering-up its astounding mystery with a blanket of conventions and monotony. Pakistan Science Club tries to show that our surroundings are not banal and predictable, but that there are wide and fascinating horizons in front to us to explore.
Towards more balanced learning:
We are convinced that a better balance in education between practical and theoretical activities would have the advantage of stimulating less academic boys and girls, making school more lively and agreeable for students, parents and teachers.
Revaluing scientific knowledge:
Pakistan Science Club is trying to revalue scientific knowledge in the eyes of its readers, showing it as an effective and lively description of reality rather than a boring one encased in dusty and incomprehensible books.
Promoting respect for the nature:
Our environment is threatened by activities which are often carried out without the necessary precautions. We are also trying to create a greater awareness of the problems that are plaguing the environment and to promote a greater respect for all forms of life around us. They also try to indicate the methods for protecting nature.