The Gujarat Science City (GSC), working under the aegis of the Department of Science & Technology, Government of Gujarat, is emerging as an effective and large scale science education and popularization platform in the country to promote innovative and experimental activities through hands-on activities and minds-on exposures.

GSC adopts the approach and methodology of informal community based learning that is different from the formal mode of education. All of its programs and activities are intended to enliven the imagination, foster creativity and develop a spirit of inquiry, especially in young minds. Schoolchildren, during their visit, are discovering the wonders of science and technology and get an access to the most exciting and contemporary form of entertainment regardless of the social stratum, education or age group and create a culture of learning.

GSC extends the earlier models for science museums and science centers by integrating key characteristics from theme parks, retail, and theater to create a new form of educational attraction called edutainment, i.e., education through entertainment.

GSC plays an effective role as a vanguard for the dissemination of the latest science information for understanding our world, raising public awareness of current research and stimulating an interest in science among young students and community members. The content is focused on the programmes, activities, galleries, displays, exhibits, methods, means, strategies etc to attract and inculcate scientific temper among the students as well as visitors. The creative, enthusiastic and entrepreneurial approach in each of the programmes of GSC is effective and relevant, meeting the pedagogy of science teaching and learning. We shape minds and meaningfully connect our communities to the world around us, reaching students, teachers and families with the fascination and promise of careers in the sciences.

The trend is up beat and the Gujarat Science City is now acclaimed as a must see destination for at least 15,00,000 visitors annually, where science is a fun. The place is being recognized as a must see Science Tourism destination for respecting science and creating future scientists of the country.

The paper describes the innovative approach of GSC in designing the tools and techniques for public understanding of science along with cultivating scientific creativity in the community to capture new heights in science literacy in support of effective decision making.

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Gujarat science city
Cultivating scientific creativity in the community

Narottam Sahoo   Gujarat Council of Science City, Dept of Science & Technology, Govt of Gujarat

Dilip S Gadhavi   Gujarat Council of Science City, Dept of Science & Technology, Govt of Gujarat

The Gujarat Science City (GSC), working under the aegis of the Department of Science & Technology, Government of Gujarat, is emerging as an effective and large scale science education and popularization platform in the country to promote innovative and experimental activities through hands-on activities and minds-on exposures.

GSC adopts the approach and methodology of informal community based learning that is different from the formal mode of education. All of its programs and activities are intended to enliven the imagination, foster creativity and develop a spirit of inquiry, especially in young minds. Schoolchildren, during their visit, are discovering the wonders of science and technology and get an access to the most exciting and contemporary form of entertainment regardless of the social stratum, education or age group and create a culture of learning.

GSC extends the earlier models for science museums and science centers by integrating key characteristics from theme parks, retail, and theater to create a new form of educational attraction called edutainment, i.e., education through entertainment.

GSC plays an effective role as a vanguard for the dissemination of the latest science information for understanding our world, raising public awareness of current research and stimulating an interest in science among young students and community members. The content is focused on the programmes, activities, galleries, displays, exhibits, methods, means, strategies etc to attract and inculcate scientific temper among the students as well as visitors. The creative, enthusiastic and entrepreneurial approach in each of the programmes of GSC is effective and relevant, meeting the pedagogy of science teaching and learning. We shape minds and meaningfully connect our communities to the world around us, reaching students, teachers and families with the fascination and promise of careers in the sciences.

The trend is up beat and the Gujarat Science City is now acclaimed as a must see destination for at least 15,00,000 visitors annually, where science is a fun. The place is being recognized as a must see Science Tourism destination for respecting science and creating future scientists of the country.

The paper describes the innovative approach of GSC in designing the tools and techniques for public understanding of science along with cultivating scientific creativity in the community to capture new heights in science literacy in support of effective decision making.

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