Thursday, October 24, 2019

Underwriters Laboratories Announces Winners of the National Safety Science Quiz

Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a safety science organization dedicated to advancing public safety, announced the winners of its National Safety Science Quiz (NSSQ). Designed for students of classes eight to class ten, the NSSQ gamifies the concept of safety by demonstrating to students that “Safety is a Science.” It sensitizes students to the everyday public safety challenges that surround them: road safety, cyber safety, fire hazards, etc. and empowers them with knowledge about the solutions to deal with these challenges.

Ambuja Rani and Subash Singh from Ryan International School and Varun.J and Rohan Jacob from Sri Kumaran's Children's Home (CBSE) beat other teams to claim the first prize. Students that successfully completed an online test were eligible for the NSSQ. Apart from Bengaluru, the NSSQ is being held in Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Kolkata, Guwahati, Dehradun and Chandigarh.

The NSSQ is part of the National Safety Science Campaign (NSSC). Besides the quiz, NSSC comprises an online poster contest for school students of classes four to seven on safety themes and a film contest for students in the age groups of 16 to 25 years old about safety initiatives undertaken by them or others in their community. Activities at a local level to further safety science knowledge and awareness, such as train-the-trainer program for teachers and Safety Clubs for students, are part of the NSSC.

The NSSC was conceived as an aftermath of many accidents in different parts of the country that were avoidable with timely interventions. There is an imminent need to create substantial change in the area of public safety by increasing awareness in India. As children are the future, it is important to begin the conversation with them. This campaign is a significant step in that direction.

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