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A school based Science Fair in Bangladesh

Mohamamd Kamrul Islam Bhuiyan, Sr. Knowledge Officer (M&E), Practical Action, Bangladesh

With the experience of last two years the Science Fair 2015 increased its size. About 135 projects presented in the 3rd BFF-Scholastica-Samakal Science Fair 2015 organized by Kingbodondi Media at Scholastica School and College premises, Uttara, Dhaka, Bangladesh during 27 and 28 February 2015. Here Practical Action, Bangladesh was knowledge partner to support smooth completion of the program. Due to strike the date rescheduled from 30-31 January 2015 to 27-28 February 2015. Though 24 schools from outside Dhaka city were invited to join but due to long time strike only a few schools presented their projects.
But within Dhaka city from 20 schools around 400 students participated in the program.
According to nature the variety of projects are really significant. Among those, control of road and river transport accident, waste management, desalinisation plant for safe drinking water, security system, clean city, air cooler, drone technology, robot as daily worker and electricity power from different sources are the major subjects. Use of LED lights, laser lights, magnet, and remote control system were very dominant at those stalls.
The prizes given in two categories namely senior and junior students group. Automatic goods and passenger controller, Magnet train, automatic thief catching device, solar powered desalinisation plant are prized in senior students group and air pressurised bottle, static electricity, lemon battery are in junior students group.
The chief guest of the Science Fair was media personality and agriculture development activist Shykh Seraj.
List of projects presented in the Science Fair 2015:
1. Solar Powered Desalinisation Plant
2. Making and Re-use Electricity
3. A Digitalized World
4. Advance Security System
5. Automatic Thief Catching Device and Comfortable Save House
6. Making Electricity From Transport
7. Free Electricity Inverter
8. Solar Power And Development of Electricity
9. The Amphibious Version of Drone
10.  Electricity Maker
11.  Power Saving Speedboat
12.  Helicopter
13.  An Ideal City From Road
14. Hydroponic Method
15. Using Two or More Pulleys Reduces the Amount of Effort Needed
16. Rainbow in a Glass
17. Solar System Accelerator Stairs
18.  Pen Lamp
19. Zero Energy Cool Chamber
21. Clapping Circuit
22. Pocket Charger Light
23. Train Detector With IR Sensor
24. Charger Without Electricity
25. Solar Boat
26. Motors With Fan and Light
27. Automatic Street Light
28. Electrolysis
29. How to Save People in a Bus From Petrol Bombs
30. Spy copter
31. Making Traffic Better
32. Oil Skimmer
33. Save Sundarban
34. Aero Dynamics
35. Forensic Science
36. Milk Plastic
37. Security System
38. Magnetic Trains
39. Space Farming
40. Wind Turbine
41. Earthquake Resist Building For Bangladesh
42. Energy Salt Water
43. Nuclear Power Plant
44. Portable Fire Alarm System
45. The Defensive Railway of Bangladesh
46. Solar City
47. Invisible Ink
48. The Robot
49. Spying Periscope
50. Simple DC Electric Motor
51. Security alert
52. Rapid Colour Changing Chemistry
53. Planetarium
54. Waste Management
55. The Floating Car
56. Solar City
57. Burglar Alarm For Banks
58. The Distinguishing Candle
59. Modern Technology
60. Self-Infinity energy by water
61. Air Rocket
62. Laser System Security
63. Static Electricity
64. Lemon Battery
65. Pollution Free
66. Burglar Alarm
67. Non- Electric Air Cooler
68. Mobile Oven
69. Flight (Aerodynamics and Aero foil)  
70. Volcano
71. Ice Cooler
72. Solar Bottle
73. Material and matter
74. Iss-International Space Station
75. Air Cooler
76. Magnetic Buzzing Bee
77. Volcano's Eruption
78. Spiral Galaxy
79. Simple Toy Motor
80. Hydro Robot
81. Mobile Phone Charging by Talking or Creating Sounds
82. Baby Diaper Alarm
83. Medicine bottle informed about taking medicine

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