The gateway to the international arena for creative and innovative talent among Sri Lankan school children, the Sri Lanka Science and Engineering Fair (SLSEF) for the year 2017 got underway on Thursday, 9th February at the Wimalasurendra Auditorium of the IESL.
The SLSEF is a joint effort where the Ministry of Education, National Science Foundation (NSF), Intel® EM Limited-Sri Lanka Liaison Office and the IESL had joined hands since year 2007 to promote creativity and innovation among the country’s younger generation.
The cream of student talent sifted from two separate competitions, the Junior Inventor of the Year (JIY) competition conducted by the IESL and the Science Research Project Competition (SRPC) conducted by the NSF, compete at the SLSEF with the ultimate goal of winning the chance to participate at an international level in the Intel ISEF held in USA.
The Intel ISEF is where the best of world’s best young scientists and inventors from over 70 countries come together each year to share their ideas, showcase their cutting edge science and engineering projects and win awards and scholarships.
Since beginning to compete in the Intel ISEF 2008 its student protégés have done Sri Lanka proud clinching prestigious awards at the grand ceremonies with one of them even earning the unique distinction of a newly discovered planet being named after him. Many of them made good on the networking and exposure they received at the Intel ISEF to become successful entrepreneurs.
President of IESL, Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda, welcomed the large audience comprised of competing school children, their parents and teachers as well as members of the panel of judges. Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda is now in the unique position of simultaneously being the President of IESL and the Acting Chairman of the National Science Foundation, the two bodies which independently promote creativity and innovation among school children to participate in the SLSEF. He has dedicated nearly 16 years of his professional career to the cause, serving first as JIY committee member gradually to take up its chairmanship before he was elected to be the President Elect and finally became the current President of IESL. He laid out his vision of taking IESL’s commitment to the cause a step further to promote entrepreneurial aspirations among its JIY participants by established the JIY Alumni and also opening up an “Entrepreneur Forum “of the IESL to those of them who joined the engineering fraternity by choosing the engineering stream for higher education.
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