January 2023, India: KAMP conducted a special Workshop on “Popular Science Writing” with 1300+ students of 5th to 12th standard from different schools across India as participants. The main aim of this workshop was to help students understand What popular science writing is, what is science communication, why we write, what we write in science writing and how they can also get involved in doing the same.
The session was convened by Ms Arika Mathur, a Member of KAMP Planning & Monitoring Committee and was facilitated by Ms Shubhada Kapil (Assistant Editor, Vigyan Pragati & Journal BVAAP, CSIR-NIScPR).
In this workshop, Ms Shubhada described “Science writing” as the dissemination of scientific and technological knowledge among a wide range of audiences including non-scientists. This communication can take place through any media, be it print, audio, audio-visual, or even digital for presenting S&T-related topics to the masses.
Currently, CSIR-NIScPR is publishing various popular Science Magazines such as Vigyan Pragati, Science Reporter and Science ki Duniya. Science writing is an important means of communication nowadays to inform, teach, analyze, and predict several scientific topics between experts and common people.
During this workshop, Ms Shubhada helped students gain insight into what science writing is all about, what are its types, and most importantly how the students can get engaged with such writings. She gave them suggestions on where they can write, what they can write and how they can write. Towards the end of the session, she even gave amazing tips to the students on how to write a good article, and establish a healthy rapport with the audience.
The purpose of KAMP’s Fortnightly workshops is to help students develop creativity, meaningful learning, and critical reading and thinking skills that bring out their inherent abilities. The vision of KAMP is to identify and capture Scientific and Technological temperament in students to make India – a Global Leader in the field of Science, Technology and Humanities.
Such workshops, conducted by KAMP deal with various topics that fall under the category of Science, Technology and Innovations, Scientific and Life Skills, Career & Professional Development, Academic Development and training the trainers/teachers.
KAMP believes that with exposure to such topics from experts within such specific fields, students will become aware of real-life situations and challenges, develop a helping problem-solving nature wherever possible, understand their core values and personal interests, evaluate their skills within the given area and achieve their best in their most desirable way.