Vidyadhaara Foundation

Science Workshop

Science Learning via Experiments

While tutoring 10th grade Government School students, it became evident that their grasp of scientific concepts was handicapped by both a lack understanding of the English language, and a lack of understanding of the concepts as well. The latter problem was compounded as these children were memorizing scientific principles/techniques without working them out logically.
The very first trip was to IISc’s Open Day in 2017. Students of 10th grade were really thrilled to see how a real-life microscope worked. They were fascinated with how different experiments were conducted and the real-time results. It was overall, a great first trip out for them and our volunteers!
For example, to make a simple hand-held microscope to study veins in leaves, ISPF’s kit provides a glass bead and ice cream stick. The glass bead when wedged into a hole made in the stick, becomes a simple lens to observe smaller objects. The smaller the glass bead, the better the resolution of smaller objects. This writer was fortunate and thrilled to see the brick like cells in an onion peel when being trained on this experimental set-up.
We ran a pilot program at Government School, Doddanekundi from November 2018 to February 2019 at 6th grade level using a pilot kit from ISPF. With the participation of nearly 60-70 children and 5 volunteers, we were able to gauge both the level of interest from students and the ease of teaching experimental technique. We were buoyed by the enthusiasm expressed by the children and also their involvement while working on the experiments. Based on this positive experience, Vidyadhaara has decided to start working with 6th grade children for the entire school year of 2019-20. We will be expanding the Science program based on volunteer availability and results from this experience.