08 Sep Teaching children to experiment
“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new”
– Albert Einstein
Little Einsteins Science (LES) focuses on children, from grades 6, 7 and 8, enhancing their knowledge in Science. To further the effectiveness of teaching and develop in children an interest to learn, adhering to traditional means of teaching will not suffice. Thus, we use science experiments or kits!
At Bhumi, continuous improvement and pitching for betterment are in us; and our cardinal goal for 2019-20 in Pune is generating self-made kits/experiments. This complex task demanded extensive hard work and time from the entire team. Wrapped up in challenges, the team struggled hard to thoroughly understand the syllabus and look up possible experiments for every topic.
Platforms and resources like YouTube, Textbooks; Toys from Trash, Online websites, School teachers came to our rescue; and after brainstorming our inferences, the team put together a set of experiments for hands-on learning.
In all this, a major concern was identifying the most budget-friendly apparatus and procuring those resources. After many trial and error attempts, a ‘three bottle fountain’ experiment was used to demonstrate the concept of Air occupying space and pressure. It’s quite unbelievable how this kit was made absolutely out of trash and with very little monetary input! We successfully experimented this kit at two of our centers a week back.
The volunteers were pumped up during the actual implementation and seeing the children’s enthusiasm and thorough understanding after the demonstration gave us so much satisfaction! The children were curious not only to perform the experiment but also to make it themselves! In hindsight, it’s probably those moments that were our driving force to go that extra mile for identifying the best possible outcome!
Moving ahead, we have a series of experiments piled up for demonstration! Anemometer, fire extinguisher, states of matter, forces are some of the kits in progress. We are hoping to see similar exemplary results as this first experiment. Or perhaps even better!
Contributor: Ira Satvalekar, Volunteer (Pune)
Bhumi’s Ignite Programme at shelter homes, supported by corporates like Oracle, BNP Paribas, Flex, and IM Gears Pvt. Ltd., provides supplementary education through weekend volunteering.