Sep 7, 2020

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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 30th June 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 539 students exposures through Kuppam library. In Digital Library Activity, we reached 262 children exposures and Creative Corner Activity total 1448 students exposures in the quarter Apr-June ’2020.

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Jul 7, 2020

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The Mobile Science Lab (MSL) is a very powerful and innovative instrument to revolutionize rural education and make hands-on education increasingly accessible. It is a catalytic channel that is fun, engaging and interactive, aimed to raise awareness among disadvantaged children and teachers of the value of learning - with a focus on science. Each MSL travels to doorstep of remote schools with 100+ hands-on science models covering a wide range of topics in Physics, Chemistry and Biology for Class 5 through 9. The teaching approach is consistent with the National Curriculum Framework and the topics overlap the NCERT syllabus. There are also experiments not directly correlated to the state syllabus but are intended to spark curiosity and encourage questioning among the children. The demonstration sessions emphasize interaction and questioning. Children are able to relate better to concepts explained through interactive demonstrations rather than through rote learning. MSL’s are highly effective in delivering large science fairs, and reaching community members through night community visits too. Night community visits allow the child beneficiary’s parents, family and community members to participate in learning sessions about various beneficial topics.

Activities facilitated by the Mobile Science Lab

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 their peers. A select group of students are identified with the help of instructors and teachers based on their innate curiosity, questioning nature and ability to think laterally, and not on their grades. These students are provided special training on science models in addition to building their capacity and skills in presentation and communication. They explain scientific concepts at Science Fairs to other children. Learners absorb concepts and information better through their peer instructors without the fear of being reproached, eliminating barriers that normally 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 reach out to a larger group of children across age groups. Using simple models, 14 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 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 share science concepts with their peers (through the peer-to-peer learning method). This facilitates greater interaction and understanding of concepts, boosts confidence and improves their communication skills. Science Centres, as well as Mobile Science Labs, are both capable of supporting and organizing Science Fairs.

Teacher Training (after one 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 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.

Night Community Visits (from first year of operation)

Mobile Science Labs operating in rural areas go on community visits during holidays and evenings (as time permits). The team visits villages and sets up interactive models and experiments in the popular gathering spots of villages. The Agastya team imparts a sense of responsibility to parents, while motivating them to send their children to schools. Specifically, the intentions behind community visits are:

  • To build strong relationships with community members and identify dropouts for mainstreaming
  • Liaise with Government School Development and Management Committees (SBMC) and interact with local leaders
  • Transfer Agastya’s experiences back to the community by advising about the importance of education

Reach and benefits of the Mobile Science Lab

  • Depending on the density of schools in the proposed catchment area, a single Mobile Science Lab can generate about 16,000 student exposures* per annum.
  • Mobile Science Labs access schools and raise awareness on the importance of hands-on science at a mass level. They are highly effective in delivering large Science Fairs and reaching community members (at night for example).
  • Mobile Science Labs help catalyse local schools and educators to improve the content and quality of education for rural children and teachers.

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Jul 3, 2020

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In quarter January 2020 – March 2020, Media Art lab involved in capacity building, productions, syllabus formation, building learning tools, and had training for volunteers.

Organised training for ten Operation Vasantha volunteers in Dhwani program. The lab instructors engaged themselves in capacity building exercise. They also scripted short films. Productions were done with the help of instructors from other labs, and done poster design on the environment. Participated in science fair to set media stall along with others and also for video shooting. Lab also captured campus events like Gujarat centers, Low-cost models, carnival festival etc.

Students from Garigachenepalli school selected topic for making video. They shooted and edited the videos and also wrote scripts.

Students from Kodathanapalli school selected topics on storybooks. They completed illustrations for their stories.

Students from Kuppam Girls high school selected topic on Stop motion animation. They done whole process of production.

Students from old pet School selected topic on photography themes like Cultural Games, Agriculture, Historical places, Flowers and old houses. Kids selected main theme was human expressions.

Students from Sanganapalli school selected topic on Audio recording. Children recorded rehearsal on news reading concept and recorded it.

The lab instructors engaged themselves in capacity building exercise. They scripted short films. Productions were done with the help of instructor from other labs, and done poster design regarding on environment.

Participated in science fair to set media stall along with others and also for video shooting.

Inters also edited low-cost videos and also participated in Agastya’s 20 years stop motion animation video making with arts team. Instructors took photography sessions for Tamilnadu teachers sponsored by IRCTC and for campus tours also.

During COVID, conducted online summer camp activities like lesson plans improving skills for instructors like doing own projects like photo essay, audio advertisement, short videos, story with storyboard etc.

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