Have fun and learn too!

Have fun and learn too!

It’s that time of the year when students enrol for various workshops, camps and short-term activities that keep them gainfully occupied through the vacations. In keeping with the trends, city-based student-welfare NGO Jidnyasa is organising three science workshops, for different age groups.

Science is not merely a subject, the workshops aim to prove. These workshops will enable students to grasp the importance of science in daily life. They will attempt to explain to students how science touches every aspect of our existence. Called Hasre Vidyan or "Fun with Science," these camps intend to generate an interest in science that goes beyond textbooks, through simple experiments/observations that demonstrate basic scientific principles. The objective is dual – fun and learning. Surendra Dighe, Founder of Jidnyasa, says, "We want to show students how mothers are the best scientists and kitchens, the best laboratories. The best way to learn and appreciate science is to see it work in our everyday lives."

The first workshop, for age group of seven to nine years will be held from 14 to 17 April, for three hours daily, between 9 am and 12 am. Participants will be exposed to "kitchen experiments." They will explore basic phenomena such as dilution, solvency, water and salt solutions, concentration etc.

For the age group of 10 to 12 years, which will be held from 18 to 24 April every afternoon, the agenda will be slightly more complicated, though the fun element will remain, For example, principles of physics such as the difference between same weight but different volume and same volume but different weight and the why’s and how’s of it will be explained.

The third workshop will be for senior school students, between ages of 12 to 15 years, and will be held from 25 April to May 01. These students will be taught slightly advanced principles, involving application of science to everyday life, for instance, how domestic appliances, both electronic and electrical, work; how to maintain them and even repair them and so on. These students will also be taken to a few factories in the city for a first hand feel of a real workplace.

The instructors at the workshops will comprise of science teachers and actual professionals. For instance, one medical doctor, say, a heart surgeon or an orthopaedic specialist, will conduct an hour-long session called "Know your Body" to help participants understand the basic biological aspects of existence. Similarly, for domestic appliance maintenance and repair, professionally trained electricians and electronic engineers have been invited.

These fun-and-learn sessions will be held at "Exploratory," the science laboratory project that Jidnyasa set up with the help of TMC a few months ago. It is situated at Municipal School no 12, Tembhi Naka, Opp Sujoy Hotel. Students interested in enrolling for these workshops may call 25403857.

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