The Kerala State School Sasthrolsavam is the largest Science Fair for students in Asia region. Sasthrolsavam is a combination of five variants such as Science Fair, Maths fair, Social science fair,IT Fair and Work Experience fair. The objective of such a massive event is to nurture the talents of students in areas such as Science, Maths, Work Experience etc through the learning processes which would eventually benefit the whole society at large.
The Sasthrolsavam is organized by the State Education Department and includes students from Lower Primary to Secondary, Higher Secondary and Vocational Higher Secondary sections. The Mega event itself is unique model for the world apart from being the venue for numerous experiments and findings. The first phase of the event is organized in schools by the respective subject wise clubs such as Science Club, Maths Club etc. The winners of the school level competition compete at the sub district and district level contests and the best talents eventually qualify into the State level Sasthrolsavam.
The Science Fair includes four major contest categories such as Still Model, Working Model etc. Through these competitions,the science aptitude of the students along with his / her innovations, creativity, completeness, ability to communicate their idea etc are evaluated.
The Maths fair comprises of as many as twelve items including constructions, puzzles, still working models etc:-
In case of the Social Science fair, six categories based on regional drawing, atlas creation, models etc would be there.
Another highlight of the Sasthrolsavam is the Work Experience fair which not only evaluates the work experience knowledge of the student but also would review of how best the students are able to use their work experience knowledge in their day to day activities. This fair would also witness Live competitions and display contests. The active participation of students ranging from Lower Primary to Higher Secondary / Vocation Higher Secondary sections makes the event a platform for science knowledge sharing beyond ages.
State IT Fest is a platform provided by the IT@School Project enabling the students state-wide to showcase their talents in ICT enabled contents, which is part of their curriculum. The event is aimed at developing interest, provide encouragement to the student community for exhibiting independent initiatives and imbue the necessary thrust to embrace IT beyond the curriculum. Students from Government Schools and Government Aided schools compete in various IT based competitions including Digital Painting, Multimedia presentation, Web Designing, Malayalam Tying and IT Quiz .
The IT Fest is conducted in four phases- School level, Educational District level, District level and State level. Winners from the school- level would compete in the Educational district level. The winning teams would proceed to the District level and from there to the final State level meet. The contestants of the IT Fest get an opportunity to try their expertise on the following IT skills:-
Digital Painting:This one hour contest gives the students an opportunity to showcase their creativity in a digital canvas.Free software applications like Xpaint and Gimp are is used in this competition. The contestants would be given the theme for the competition 10 minutes prior to the start of the contest.
Multimedia Presentation:In this, students gets a chance to prove their skills in developing multimedia presentations using Open Office Impress free software application. The theme would be provided to the participants 10 minutes before the start of the competition. Students would get 1 hour to make their presentations, for which resources such as picture, audio/video clips would be provided to them.
Web Designing:The students would get 1 hour to design a web-page using HTML in this competition, for which resources such as pictures and videos would be provided to them. Similar to other contests, the theme would be provided to the participants10 minutes before the start of the competition
IT Quiz:In this unique quiz which is based on IT and ICT contents, the teams would go through various rounds comprising of IT topics including IT applications used in day-to day activities, contents from IT textbook, Individuals/ institutions contributing to the growth of IT, etc. From this year onwards, there would be preliminary rounds followed by the Finals.