What is Bhawishya?
Bhawishya is a national event organized by Karkhana targetting young students aged 8-14. In this event, students get a platform to realize and solve real-world problems by building the project on the event day at the event venue.It is a challenge involving Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Design and Mathematics (STEAM) subjects where students work in a team of 3 to build a project/working prototype that solves a real-world problem in Nepal. The problem that team is trying to solve is recommended (not compulsory) to addresses one or more goals mentioned in the Sustainable Development Goals but within a certain time frame. Students would have to build the project in the event venue itself and would be judged on the building process.
This year there are 3 themes in Bhawishya1)Bhawishya Solve Science with purpose 1)Bhawishya Robotics Robotics for Impact 1)Bhawishya Experiment Next Generation Learning
How is Bhawishya different?
To make the concept simple, Bhawishya is somewhat similar to science exhibitions and fairs you may have seen elsewhere. However, there are few fundamental differences:1. Students need to solve an existing local or global issue through their projects This can be done by thinking about the applications of your project. For example: If a team builds a drone, the applications of that drone need to be identified. Is the drone used to supply medicines telling the former rural communities? Or have you built this drone to facilitate transportation for elderly people? The possibilities are endless!. 2. Students are not limited to narrow themes Teams can explore issues raised by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which explore a broad range of issues. We welcome ideas that incorporate multiple perspectives and bring forth simple solutions to complex problems 3.The teams have to make their project in the event venue itself! All the teams will have to bring their own raw materials and build them in the provided space. We value the process of building more than the output. 4 Students will have exclusive access to building materials through a dedicated “maker space”, making it easier for students to focus on their projects.