Lab In A Box!

WHY DO WE NEED SCIENCE LAB?

The Gap: Science curriculum today focuses more on theories, laws and formulae than on exploration, observations and deductions

  • Bridges the disconnect between concepts and their application.
  • Ignites interest in science and science-related fields.
  • Encourages understanding over rote-learning

It is science that is the building block of all natural phenomena. Science leads to technology, technology leads to development, development leads to transformation. So, what FIDR has taken up as its mission in this project is to use science as a means for transformation.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

Science is best understood when it is applied.

FIDR seeks to transform and stimulate the thinking of economically disadvantaged children by bringing innovative science education to the doorstep of Government Schools. ​​​ For this FIDR will Provide Lab-in-a-box which contains experiments/models based on a curriculum of middle, high school and teacher training/instructor for the schools.

PROJECT AIM

  • Locate, expose and attract disadvantaged children to science education.
  • Expose disadvantaged children to new ways of learning both in the classroom and at the village
  • doorstep, and spark their innate creativity.
  • Give children opportunities to question, express themselves and teach other children.
  • Establish a model Science Centre based on interactive, as opposed to passive, learning.
  • Train teachers to become teacher-learners and better communicators.
  • Train and motivate children and teachers to become change agents.
  • Motivate parents and community members to send their children, especially girls, to school.
  • Involve government officials and local agencies.

TARGET SEGMENT

Government school children and teachers.

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

The objectives of our proposed project for the time period are as follows:

  • Increase access to practical, hands-on Science education for economically disadvantaged government school children.
  • To Spark Curiosity, Creativity and build leadership among underprivileged children.
  • To supplement the Government School system with experiential science learning
  • Train teachers from government schools in hands on pedagogy.

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Lab in a Box (LIB) is a unique concept designed by FIDR out of many years of experience to facilitate scale-up. Science models and experiments are organized concept-wise based on pre-designed learning modules and placed in boxes – typically boxes cover the majority of physics, chemistry and biology concepts. The boxes are left with a school/teacher and this facilitates hands-on learning in the school. FIDR instructor will facilitate sessions, train teachers and clarify scientific concepts during the first year of the program and Government school teachers will take sessions in their respective schools.

Structure of the Program:

  • One set containing experiments pertaining to class 6th to 10th and would be provided to each of the schools making these sets available to facilitate hands-on sessions. The box for the other schools would contain early science introduction for children from Classes 1 onwards.
  • The School Teachers will be trained on the induction and use of the LIB kits which will include teachers from the schools where the kits will be distributed during this year.
  • FIDR will deploy One (1) instructor, to cover the senior schools, who will be actively involved in monitoring and clarifying scientific concepts during the first year of the program. The break up in classes will be Classes 6-9 with Class 10 being exempted from the program this year.
  • Teacher training workshop will be organized in the schools with the school teachers attending a session. The workshop will be conducted by one of FIDR’s resource Person.
  • Teachers will be trained to use the LIB contents for hands-on teaching in the classroom. ​

WHY THIS PROGRAM?

LIB has been created based on the experiential learning theory.

  • Concrete Experience: Engaging in an activity or experiencing a new event.
  • Active Experimentation: Deciding what to do differently and putting it into action.
  • Reflective Observation: Reflecting on the activity or experience where one observes different causes and their effects.
  • Abstract Conceptualization: Conceptualizing and developing the relation between causes and effects

LEARNING OUTCOME

  • FROM FACTS TO EXPERIMENT: Evaluating students based on their ability to memorise facts hinders their intellectual or cognitive growth. Application of concepts in LIB puts the spotlight back on observation and experimentation and helps students gain a thorough understanding of concepts and retain concepts for a longer time.

 

  • HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES, VIRTUAL SIMULATIONS AND MORE: By actively participating in the learning process, the present generation is prepared to become problem-solvers, collaborators and fearless inventors.

 

  • ONE-STOP SCIENCE SOLUTION: Conforming to the guidelines of National Curriculum Framework (NCF)