Celebrations around the National Science and Engineering Week start on Friday, the first full week of March, and this year it will be marked from March 10 to 19. National Science and Engineering Week was first held in the UK in 1994. It has grown in popularity throughout the years and is one of the largest national celebrations of science. In 2017, more than one million people participated in over 2,000 activities and events throughout the country. The British Science Association funded by the UK Research and Innovation coordinates the events for the week.
History of National Science and Engineering Week
Science is the history, current affairs, and future of the universe. It’s defined as intellectual and practical learning that incorporates the systematic study and observation of natural order. For everything and anything, there is science. Science also unravels the mysteries and secrets of the world. The revolution in scientific experimentation gave birth to modern civilization as we know it today. All things from healthcare to entertainment are products of scientific development. Science is an umbrella term including terminologies like technology, engineering, physics, chemistry, math, psychology, social science, and geography.
The periods of human history can be divided based on the development of science during those periods. In the dark ages, there was little scientific and cultural development. War, poverty, and death held sway during such periods. But no matter how deep the curve, science has always managed to rise from where it was left off last time. Every country invests heavily in the study and development of science. There are organizations worldwide to promote and involve themselves in the development and reach of science. The British Science Association is one such organization that started in 1831.
Since the inception of National Science and Engineering Week, there have always been activities lined up to commemorate the week. These programs are an inclusive lineup that includes science, technology, and social sciences. The activities are for all ages at schools, museums, libraries, and shopping centers.
National Science and Engineering Week timeline
The ancient Sumerians start using bronze by mixing copper and tin.
Hittites of ancient Egypt use tools made from iron.
Sir Isaac Newton publishes a comprehensive theory of gravity.
Manufacturing efficiency rates increase, and the cost of the products reduces.
National Science and Engineering Week FAQs
Who discovered D.N.A?
It was two scientists — James Watson of the U.S. and Francis Crick of England.
What is the greatest arm of science?
Physics is known as the “king of science.”
What makes science believable?
Science aims for measurable results through testing and analysis, a process known as the scientific method. Science is about facts, not opinions or preferences.
How to Observe National Science and Engineering Week
Visit a science exhibition
This week is best spent at science expos. As part of Science and Engineering Week, many institutions will be conducting programs related to science.
Watch a scientific documentary
Another easy way to spend the week is by watching scientific documentaries. Blackholes, space, biology, chemistry; pick a topic and start watching.
Educate or learn
If you are a scientifically sound person, try to teach curious people. Otherwise, try to learn scientific facts throughout the week.
5 Facts About Science
The greatest scientific discovery
The discovery of the double-helix D.N.A structure in man is considered the ‘greatest scientific discovery in history.’
The first engineer
Imhotep, the builder of the Step Pyramid in Egypt, is the first known engineer by name.
Father of modern science
Galileo Galilei is called the “father of modern science.”
The meaning of science
The word science comes from the Latin word ‘Scientia,’ which means ‘knowledge.’
Russia and Engineers
Russia produces the highest number of engineers.
Why National Science and Engineering Week is Important
Science is a persistent pursuit of facts
Science is always about finding facts and truth. It never stops searching and never ceases to amaze us.
Science is universal
It does not change based on the opinions of those who propagate it. Scientific facts are universal.
It promotes innovations
Science can change society. With the advancement in science, it means advancement in human civilization follows.
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