Practical experiments are what make science attractive for students and Science60 has decided to use just that bait for an innovative and interesting way for learning the subject.
The institute held a special awareness workshop, Hands-on Science Experiment for Children, recently to educate both parents and their children about the initiative. "The courses that we offer are for children aged seven to nine years and 10 to 12 years. This is the crucial time when they start showing interest in things that they see around them. We have to channelise this curiosity and make them understand the reasons behind the specific occurrences. Also, taking them beyond textbook learning is essential," said Rupak Das, one of the founders.
"Apart from setting up a centre, we are also including the Science60 curriculum in schools. We have started with GD Birla Centre for Education and Ashok Hall Girls' Higher Secondary School and we are very happy with the response. The elementary series for younger children will have experiments around simple machines, principals of light, movement of molecules, friction and more. On the other hand, in the intermediate series, children will get to experiment around levers, lemon battery, Newton's law and other fundamental science concepts. The duration of the classes is 15 weeks and they combine studies as well as fun," said Pathakrit Banerjee, founder director of Science60.
Students from various schools present at the programme had great fun watching a test that showed how the fat separates from milk when it comes in contact with a detergent. "We have Science60 classes in our school and it is great fun. I have learnt a lot in these classes," said Shazia Eqbal, a Class IV student of GD Birla Centre for Education.
A student of Class V at Sri Sri Academy, V. Siddhant Shree, was very excited about the tutorials.
"I am eagerly looking forward to beginning my classes here. The hands-on experience will give me an opportunity to look beyond textbooks," he said.