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Understanding science is child’s play

india Updated: Nov 22, 2011 01:18 IST
Deevakar Anand
Deevakar Anand
Hindustan Times
Deevakar Anand

"When it is night, the sun goes to America and when it's day, it comes to us," recited the tiny tots as they learned about the day-night cycle, which could have been complicated for Class 2 students to understand through scientific jargons like rotation and revolution.

At the workshop 'Mad About Science' (MAS) at The Shri Ram School’s Aravalli campus on Monday, students of Pravesh Vatika (LKG) to Class 7 got a chance to understand scientific theories through first-hand experience.

The month-long event is the result of a joint initiative by the school management and parents who have worked hard for days to come up with innovative ideas to explain students basic things such as colour, senses, human body parts, methods of making batteries out of potatoes, water cycle and simple machines.

For example, to understand centrifugal force, children tied half-a-meter long strings in a paper cup filled with water. After rotating it vigorously, they were amused to find out that water did not spill out at all.

"It's a nice break from regular classes and I am loving it," said Shyla Ratan, a student of class five.

Prabhat Agarwal, the secretary of the Parents School Association, said, "Understa-nding science using commonly available stuff is the objective of Mad About Science. We also want an insight into how our kids behave in classrooms."

While teachers are facilitating the workshops, parents have taken leaves from work and are performing experiments inside the classrooms.

"Our kids are finding it more interesting and there is an emotional connection when they see us in the classrooms. This makes learning science effortless," said a parent Parul Mittal.

The event will conclude with a carnival on December 18, when each class will exhibit its best experiment. The carnival will also include robotics, and science films.

"The idea is to demystify science by linking it to everyday life. We want children to learn science through fun," said Mark Parkinson, director of the school.

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