A commercial of Meuseum of discovery and science, Florida demostrates the concept of a science meuseum, somewhat similar to that we envision.

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Project DemoMeSci

Science Demonstration Meuseum in Nepal

Principal investigator: Suman Basnet, MBA
Advisors: Rupesh Silpakar, M. Engg

This is our incubation project with an aim for an immediate startup. In this project we investigate effective sets of demonstrations in Nepalese context, appropriate funding mechanisms for the project, suitable location/s, and, financial and legal aspects of the Science Demonstrations Park (SDP) we envision. The targeted visitors of the park are school and university students, and the general public, ideally from all around the country. Below we outline the context and describe the SDP we envision.

What is a science demonstration park (SDP)?

A SDP is an informal educational establishment with an objective to demonstrate several scientific phenomenon and technological ideas in a stimulating, educational and entertaining way. The main purpose of the demonstrations in such establishment is adding reality to the scientific and technological concepts, which are abstract in nature in general.

Take a 3D tour of Meuseum of discovery and science, Florida which demostrates the concept of a science meuseum, somewhat similar to that we envision.

Why is it one of our major projects?

While inspiring scientific curiosity in students and imparting basic understanding to the general public through direct engagement is of utmost importance for overall development of an underdeveloped country, such necessary establishments are non-existent in Nepal. In addition, too many schools have been established with too little scientific amenities. Therefore, students have to rely on their prescribed textbook without any empirical experience on scientific and technological matters. In addition, largely traditional public do not anticipate general scientific awareness as an integral part of the public welfare. Hence, almost no information is disseminated by media for general scientific awareness, although there are very short, hence, often less educative information is disseminated on health issues and few critical superstitions. The situation can be starkly exemplified by the fact revealed by the recent Gorkha earthquake: public consulted with astrologers and soothsayers than the geologists and engineers to build their homes.

The inefficacy of the established state institutions to impart empirical scientific education and awareness is clearly visible in above examples. Thus, the urgency of establishing a privately funded SDP, based on the social-enterprise model is clearly visible. In our institute’ s point of view, it can also be a long-term investment in order to fund our other projects, while also accomplishing our objective of promoting sustainable socio-economic development through scientific and technological innovation and invention.

The SDP we envision.

There are several focus areas of different SDPs. The SDP we envision for the first phase of our project will mainly be concentrated on school students with an aim to instigate early interest in science and technology. However, demonstrations aimed to enhance knowledge and understanding of the university students will be of our next focus in the second phase. In the third phase, we will emphasize on several demonstrations interesting to general public and those aimed at addressing societal superstitions. The SDP we envision will prioritize cost-effective demonstrations in a context familiar to the Nepalese people and use of locally available resources.

What will we do as a research institute for the SDP?

We believe that overall viability and efficacy of the SDP depends on the values we produce on the aspects of education, public awareness, and amusement. Hence, at the moment we are investigating effective sets of demonstrations, appropriate funding mechanisms, appropriate location and, financial and legal aspects of the SDP we envision. Our team of scientists, engineers, market analysts and legal experts are working together to develop a detailed plan report within coming four months.

Once detailed plan report is available, we will work on establishing SDP phase wise as described before, and in more detail in the next section.

References

  1. Otieno, C. M. (January 2007). Understanding Engagement: Science Demonstrations and Emotional Energy. Wiley InterScience, 31.
  2. R.Bhuju, R. M. (March 2001). Development of Science and Technology in Nepal. Sage Publications, 21.

Project milestones and timeline (Members only)