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An initiative of five young IIM graduates, Practease aims at making science fun

Visual aids:Practease employs simple devices to explain scientific concepts
Visual aids:Practease employs simple devices to explain scientific concepts

Jaya Prakash Kommu, an IIM graduate, was approached by his relative for help to do his engineering project. This experience triggered an idea and in collaboration with his friends from IIM-Indore, launched Practease.

These young engineers-turned-management graduates realised that the root of the problem runs deeper, and decided to step in and correct it.

Stalin Joseph, a member of the group, says, “When I spoke to engineering students who joined the software company I was working for and asked them why they chose this despite having studied something else, they responded by saying it was the only option available.”

“When we discussed these things, we felt the students are not guided properly with regard to career planning.

So we decided to inculcate in them an interest in science from a young age,” he adds.

The Practease team aims at teaching students in school by conducting workshops on basic science projects. Sirish Krishna of Practease says, “We supplement the basic concepts with live demos in order to accentuate their learning process.”

Curriculum-based training

Practease provides two programmes — one being mapped to the curriculum and the other outside of it.

In the curriculum-based plan they conduct workshops in schools explaining the scientific concepts with hands-on training. Sirish says, “Schools are interested in our curriculum-based training as our models are not available in their labs.”

Stalin says, “We demonstrate the working of a simple generator by rotating a simple magnet inside a copper coil that is connected to a light bulb. When the magnetic flux is cut by a current-carrying conductor, electrical energy is produced to light the bulb. This way students understand the concept better.”

Stalin says, “We have had positive responses from students and parents. One of the advantages of our projects is that we try to keep the models as simple as possible.”

The team says its target is to conduct 180 workshops, covering 10,000 students, in Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. Future plans include seeking aid from corporates to fund smaller and rural schools.



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