The modern world requires STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) to be at the forefront of a school’s curriculum. These subjects are taught at schools to develop creativity, critical thinking, and logical reasoning. Being equipped with STEM skills allows students to navigate the outside world with confidence and efficiency. 

At Al-Huda Global School, we pride ourselves in providing quality STEM education that not only equips students with knowledge of theories and concepts, but also with practical life experiences. STEM is considered to be most effective when it is taught practically, allowing students to think creatively, and create. The recent Science Fair competition held at Al-Huda Global School turned out to be a massive win for STEM education. Our winners showcased their talents and creativity in the best way possible. 

In this blog post, we highlight the winning experiments of AGS students at this year’s Science Fair Competition. 

Sadia Khondokar from Grade 7 won first place. Her focus was on exploring DNA. She extracted DNA from various fruits and vegetables and worked for several hours on her project enthusiastically. She wanted to see if she could extract DNA from six different types of food, and she successfully extracted it from strawberries, kiwis, bananas, tomatoes, spinach and onion. She used detergent and isopropyl alcohol to separate the filtrate of each food item from the DNA. Then, she measured which source provided the most DNA and found that the strawberry and tomato had the largest quantity extracted. She explained that her results were inline with scientific knowledge, since strawberries and tomatoes are known to have relatively large genomes compared to other fruits and vegetables. 

Sumayyah Soofi from Grade 10 won the second place. Her project was on Smart LED Lights. This was an interesting programming/coding and engineering experiment! She programmed the lights to change color based on motion/movement and conducted 10 trials. She found that simple hand movements did not activate the sensor frequently or accurately, but walking activated it immediately. She saw her LED lights change color from red to green whenever she was successful. 

Najma Arfa from Grade 11 won the third place. She was curious about the effect of color on children’s performance. Najma did a social science experiment and wanted to investigate if the color of the worksheet or assignment motivates the students or affects their ability to complete the task faster. She got parental consent to interact with a 3rd grade classroom and gave the students different worksheets, one with blue colors, one with green colors, and another one with orange colors. She timed how long it took each student to complete the tasks on the different colored sheets, and found that orange had the fastest rate. She concluded that this information would be useful for marketing, social media, child psychology, and many other areas. 

Mariam Soofi from Grade 9 won the fourth place. Mariam went on a different route to explore the science behind Zamzam. She wanted to know the mechanisms behind normal water and Zamzam. Sofi used a previously published research paper of a Japanese scientist to form the foundation for her experiment. She followed his methodology and experiment to replicate it in order to see if it was accurate and valid, and also to see if she could manipulate the variables. She tried to see if normal tap water or if Zamzam water could crystalize, and if reciting the Qur’an over the water caused the water droplets to change, move, or crystalize as found in Dr. Emoto’s research. However, her experiment did not work the way it did for the scientist.  She went back to find out the reason behind it, and she learned that water temperature and quality, pH and other factors might have affected her results. 

Zainab Surti from  Grade 9 won the fifth place. She forayed into the world of psychology. Her experiment was on how fear changes with age. Zainab conducted a social science experiment and wanted to see if her hypothesis was true – that in general, fears become less severe as people age. She printed 400 surveys and graphed her results based on the questions asked, as well as the four age groups: elementary, middle, high school, and adults. She found some of what she hypothesized was correct and some wasn’t. For example, she thought fear of death increases with age, but according to her results, it actually decreases. She also thought younger people were more likely to have fear of heights or public speaking, but these fears were also present in adults at a similar rate. 

The recent Science Fair victories by our students at Al-Huda Global School approach in emphasizing STEM pursuits in education. Each winner explored a unique scientific field through captivating experiments, sparking not only curiosity but also a deeper appreciation for the wonders of Allah’s creation.

Our distinct curriculum fosters creativity with STEM education. By encouraging students to think critically and explore their scientific passions, we equip them with the skills and knowledge to excel in their academic pursuits and future careers.

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