Product Description

The project Open Science Circle in Electronic Media (OSCEM)/ “Vidu Nena Hawula” is an open forum that aims to improve the science literacy of the general public of Sri Lanka.

Services use modern mobile technology and most common social media and include daily SMS and email services in addition to a Facebook page, a Twitter profile, a science blog and an interactive question and answer service. 


Jurors’ Evaluation

The OSCEM is uniquely designed to capture the interest of students, teachers, researchers and the general public in science concepts and applications related to everyday life. It is also considered to be the first Science SMS service in South Asia.

Scientific knowledge thus disseminated enhances productivity of our everyday lives.

One of the strengths of OSCEM is that it has enabled a link between the general public and the Sri Lankan scientific community to discuss science related queries and topics. Employment of a science text message service and science e-mail service to disseminate daily scientific information to users is an effective means to reach out to and engage audiences. These services are augmented by a Facebook page, a blog, a Twitter profile and an interactive Q&A service for users enabling them to network and contribute to discussions. Users are also offered weekly quizzes, which make them eligible for an annual Gold Medal Award. The service is offered free, and there are approximately 2000 registered users. This is estimated to be growing community and is an indication of the popularity of the service.

Producer            

Science Education & Dissemination Unit of Institute of Fundamental Studies

Producer URL  

http://www.ifs.ac.lk

Contact               

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