Science made easy is a game at the click of the mouse. With this new buzzword, a band of people in their 40’s is now out to make school children computer savvy. Already set on to enable children in the age group of 4-14 to gallop on IT’s fast track, the team has been carrying its torch alive since seventies.
Bright since their adolescence, these 12 ‘golden oldies’ and their 'tender' partners are making science both entertaining and enlightening outside the rigours of school life and rigidity of syllabi. Last month, their ‘Rohini Science Club’ organised two programmes here for nearly 40 students and teachers to learn the bits and bytes of computer operation.
“We have been doing such things, since our team of five friends first formed the club in 1973 after our matric exam,” said GSVR Prasad, Regional Director of Association of Social Engineering and Research in Ranchi.
“We guide and inspire in model making, sketching pout facts and figures of scientific importance to make science lively and lovely that is not possible in schools,” said Prasad’s childhood friend PK Mitra, Senior Aircraft Technician with Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) in Ranchi.
Now with a core group of 15 teachers and a panel of six experts, it is spreading its wings slowly and surely. “When a teacher fails either to understand a topic or gropes for a way to explain it to students, we help them out. Similarly, experts help us get over our own hard spots,” said science teacher Sunil Kundu of Khunti Middle School, who is in the core group.
Despite its laudable ventures, the State has not yet taken notice of its odyssey, let alone chip in with some assistance to boost it up. “Bihar Education Project Council sanctioned finance of about Rs 4 lakh in 1987-88. It went on providing funds against submission of proposals till its stopped being generous suddenly,” said Prasad.
RS Sharma, State HRD Secretary, was ecstatic, when he heard about it. “We would definitely consider, if they submit a proposal,” he said. However, Dr. MK Jamuar of SS College at Kanke here, an expert in the panel, is somewhat skeptical.
“Most young teachers in government schools are not efficient, while old ones are too blasé to respond. Yet some in Government are sincere. We would get them into our fold,” said Dr. Jamuar, who threw his lot with the team in 1979.