Feb 4, 2020

Thanks for Igniting Young Minds

The iMobile program addresses the lack of science and computer labs and focus on integrated learning through a science-digital linked curriculum. The program is intended for Class 7 students from 12-15 targeted government schools. At the end of one academic year, it is expected that majority of learners will improve literacy levels in several domains – science, digital, language and numeracy. Through its inclusive, participatory model, the program will also initiate an interest and appreciation for science, making classroom-learning fun.

Reach and benefits of the iMobile Lab

  • The iMobile Lab can generate 8,000 exposures* through science sessions and 4,000 digital literacy sessions per year with 12-15 schools impacted by the program.
  • Mapping to science curriculum - Agastya has built a large repertoire of hands-on science models. Models will be mapped to school science syllabus and introduced in the classroom. iMobile lab curriculum will combine these hands-on science models, digital literacy sessions, science fairs and teacher participation to make science concepts appealing and engaging for the learner.
  • Language neutral – The program will give plenty of opportunities for learners to improve both vernacular and English skills. Language skills will improve as a natural part from the learner needing to communicate (in communication-based assignments) rather than forced as “language-lessons” on the learner.
  • Science Fairs by Young Instructors will be opportunities for iMobile Lab beneficiaries to impart their skills to the rest of the school building on their confidence, self-belief and communication.
  • Orientation to IT Enabled Science and Community projects - In the last few sessions of the academic year, the program will engage learners to identify opportunities where the technology and science skills they have learnt can be leveraged to improve their everyday life (in-school or out-of school).

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Feb 3, 2020

Thank you for your support

The MediaArts Lab is a natural extension of Agastya’s multisensory approach to learning. It supports teachers, training them to use technology to make teaching aids and conduct research. Students are taught to use digital cameras, video cameras, computers, sound recorders and more. They produce movies on social concerns, make pamphlets and posters to raise awareness, and learn tools for social activism at the local level. Overall, the Centre is a tool of empowerment, pushing children to make a positive difference in society.  

For the months of October 2019 to December 2019, the MediaArts Lab reached 5,875children across Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka & Tamil Nadu.

Brief Overview of the activities: October 2019 to December 2019

Activities:

2D Animation, Poster, Pamphlet, Story Book, Stop Motion Animation, Audio Recording, Flip Book, Story Writing, Newspaper Mapping, Photography. Mouth Puppets and Origami.

October 2019:

  • One-day sessions conducted on teaching MediaArts activities like Poster Design, Story writing, Flipbook design, Environment posters and Newspaper making activities, etc.
  • Shoot photos about Plastic awareness program in various schools, OV centers, and Community places.
  • Participated in Science Fair and also displayed Media Corner at ZPHS, Adavaibuduguru. We displayed about poster designing, Media Puzzles and photo-shoot corner.
  • Assisted with Teach for India team at Agastya Kuppam campus.
  • Conducted Innovation Hub workshop. Instructors and Mrs. Swetha participated.
  • Conducted a two-day workshop on Dhwani Program for 5 OV centers Volunteers.
  • We took classes for camp@Campus for children from TVS, Thiruvanamali, and Kerala. Class was about Photography.
  • Ms. Anne Devereaux, NASA Lead Spacecraft System Engineer for US space agency's Mars 2020 visited Agastya Science Center, Hebbal, Bangalore.
  • Conducted training for interns.

November 2019:

  • We shoot theatre play at Bangalore little theatre on November 14th at Auditorium and edited it.
  • We participated in Science fair at Maruthi Matric School, Veypanapalli.
  • Participated in IDC workshop at Mumbai. Kalakootami members participated and did an experimental movie on our story.
  • Conducted video shoot on Glider workshop.
  • Participated in Curiosity Carnival training at Kuppam campus.
  • Conducted SPACEKIDZINDIA workshop. APMS Nadamuru and Agastya Staff participation and captured and documented the workshop.
  • We did video on programs at Maylavaram, AP region program supported and Dr.LakhiReddy HanimiReddy

December 2019:

  • Conducted workshop on short film making process to Government junior college, Gudupalli students
  • Edited video of Maylavaram programs.
  • Mr. Praveen participated in Robotics workshop held by Asankya.org
  • Participated on IDC workshop
  • Participated and trained students on Drawing with light workshop at Auditorium held by Museum of Arts and Photography team.
  • Three days session on computer lab for children
  • Took class on curiosity carnival at Kuppam campus
  • Media Lab Interns shoot Low-cost Videos and also edited those videos
  • JSW Designer from Mumbai visited the Curiosity Creativity Campus.

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Jan 14, 2020

Thank you for your support

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 collected 20,100 books in Kuppam Library, collected 11,550 books cataloging. Digital library contains Collection of e-content which comprises 1800+ e-Books, and 1,500 + videos as on 31st December 2019.

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.

Community Library programme and Maja Box programme: Book based Activities: Conducting story-based activities and origami activities in the centers.

Book Circulation: Children can borrow books from their community library.

During the last quarter, we reached 2,464 students’ exposures and 95 teachers’ exposures through Kuppam library. Children who visited library were the part of all the above activities. In Digital Library Activity, we reached 2,400 children exposures in the quarter October 2019 – December 2019.

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