Thursday, June 13, 2013

Science on Wheels, for enhancement of science knowledge

Learning on the move: Science on Wheels Project (Mobile van) for enhancement of science knowledge for the Rural Government High School Students.
Larsen ad Toubro, Engineering and construction company, under educational development activities is launching a project called 'Science on Wheels' (Mobile Labs) in association with Agastya International Foundation, Bangalore and Public Education Department.

The inauguration of the project will be held on June 12 at Hinkal High School at 10.30 am. During the financial year, L&T aims to provided full equipped science lab for 20 selected government high schools of Mysore Rural Block.

'Science on wheels' is an initiative for 8th to 10th class students. A Van equipped with specially designed science models and accompanied by trained local instructors, goes to various schools to conduct workshops for the underprivileged students.

Unique models and methodology followed in the workshops helps in improving students understanding of science subjects.
Mobile science labs vehicles manned by a driver and two trained instructors carries experiments and capable of traveling long distances even to remote schools to exhibit concepts and involve children and teachers in hands-on science. The instructors teach scientific concepts through simple and innovative experiments. The sessions emphasise interaction and questioning. The lab has complete working models of the entire solar system.

Speaking to Express, Programme in-charge officer Santhosh Shetty said that most experiments are simple in nature and used materials are commonly available.

Children are able to relate better to concepts explained through interactive demonstrations rather than through rote learning. They learn about astral bodies, rotation and revolution, effect of gravitation eclipses and how the brain deciphers signals through innovative models developed by Agastya’s resource partners,” he added.

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