Feb 28, 2021

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At the Centre, 150+ science experiments and models are exhibited (Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Ecology, and Astronomy). Government schoolteachers and children visit the Centre and are given the opportunity to interact with simple science experiments and models. Science Centres act as a resource center and a venue for Teacher Training, Young Instructor (YI) training, Summer Camps and Science Fairs.

The Science Centre is a space for children and teachers to experience learning in a hands-on, interactive and positive environment. Children perform experiments, learn to make simple models with easily available low-cost materials and participate in team-based projects.

 The following are a list of programs that can be organized at a Science Centre.

The Young Instructor Program (from first year of operation)

Apart from teaching and demonstrating through experiments, Agastya identifies and trains students to be Young Instructors where children teach science to their peers. A select group of students is identified with the help of Agastya instructors and school teachers. Young Instructors are selected based on their innate curiosity, questioning nature and ability to think laterally, not on their ability to secure good grades. They are provided special training on science models in addition to training to build their capacity and skill in presentation and communication. They explain scientific concepts at Science Fairs to other children. Peer-to-peer learning helps learners to absorb concepts and information without fear of being reproached thus eliminating learning and communication barriers that often exist between an adult and a child. Young Instructors take initiatives in their communities and act as agents of change.

Science Fairs (from first year of operation)

Science Fairs are held to enable Agastya reach a larger group of children. Using simple models 12 to 16 year old Young Instructors demonstrate scientific phenomena such as the solar and lunar eclipse, seasonal changes, concepts such as pressure and volume relationship and the protein chains that link together to form insulin. The Science Fairs, in addition to targeting a large audience of children, serve as a platform to encourage Young Instructors to demonstrate science concepts to their peers through the peer-to-peer. This facilitates greater interaction and understanding of concepts, boosts confidence and improves communication skills.

Teacher Training (from second year of operation)

Teacher training programs aim to diffuse and propagate creative-thinking and problem-solving skills among government school teachers. Agastya uses non-standard interactive approaches to transform teachers, for example, by offering modules that integrate learning and knowledge across the different subject areas. Agastya works with mixed groups of teachers and children to raise interaction and bridge the gap between teacher training and the demands of the school classroom.

Reach and benefits of the Science Centre

  • Generates over 10,000 student exposures* per academic year.
  • Foster curiosity, critical thinking and creativity through hands-on programs.
  • Act as a hub for Agastya’s Mobile Labs and provide a strong and dynamic learning resource base for local schools.  Help catalyze local rural schools and educators to improve the content and quality of education.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feb 16, 2021

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Operation Vasantha has been impacting the lives of disadvantaged rural children. This highly interactive and empowering initiative addresses the problem of school dropouts. It also aims to educate families on the importance of education and engage dropouts and other children through interactive activities and fun learning sessions. These activities include parents counseling, health and hygiene camps and education on ecology.

Local college students are trained and given support from Agastya to teach children in their villages. These individuals willingly spend their evenings educating and inspiring weaker students and school dropouts from their villages.

Objectives:

  • Child development
  • Create open platform for experiential and hands on learning
  • Encouraging questioning and sharing of knowledge.
  • Dropouts mainstreaming.
  • Community participation and ownership of OV center.
  • Develop a sense of social responsibility in the community and children of the village /area.
  • Providing an opportunity to local youths for mentoring children.

Desired Outcome:

  • 1 Operation Vasantha centre reaches out to 30 children, operating for 200 days a year, the program will generate close to 6,000 child exposures* in a year.
  • To counsel/involve school dropouts and trying to bring them into mainstream.
  • Volunteers living in the villages with educational qualifications of 10th Standard, 12th Standard, graduate and postgraduate who are innovative thinkers and interested in teaching will be chosen for the Operation Vasantha program. They will be provided with scholarships.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jan 5, 2021

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Reading is a mind’s journey into a world of endless possibilities. But children settled in rural parts of India are far kept from the magic of books, due to lack of resources and opportunities. Through our Community Library Program, we aim at building local libraries that are overflowing with all genres of books, driving every child’s imagination to new horizons.

With your support, Agastya able to conducted virtual library activity. In Covid-19 pandemic situation we started Agastya Digital Summer Camp 2020. We conducted virtual sessions from April onwards. Daily 2 different activities posted into the what’s app and monitored by Agastya Staff and getting the reply from the students in the form of images, video, or audio.

Digital library contains Collection of e-content which comprises 1800+ e-Books, and 1500 + videos as on 31st December 2020.

Activities Conducted:

Building Vocabulary in their Mother Tongue and English, Sentence formation and story writing through “Pop-Up books” making, Comic story writing (recognize the difference between Original Text & Dialogue), Origami paper crafts (Different caps, figure puppets, gift box, and miniature book), Characterization, Dialogue narration & roll play through Mouth Puppet, Book Research through the activity “Pop-Up books and Book Club Activity.

During the last quarter, we reached 5138 students exposures through Kuppam library. In Digital Library Activity, we reached 260 children exposures and Creative Corner Activity total 1,450 students exposures in the quarter Oct-Dec ’2020.

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