The new series from National Geographic Channel helps kids discover the wonders of science

In NCERT books, there is an activity column in each chapter that suggests how the particular theory can be put to practical use.

Usually, teachers don't take the pain to help students put these activities into practice. Now National Geographic Channel, in association with Ministry of Science & Technology, has come up with the idea of making simple scientific activities exciting and accessible to school children through a series called ‘Science Mein Twist'.

Rajesh Sheshadri, senior vice president, Content and Communication, National Geographic Channel, says, “The channel aims to inspire a life-long passion in children and generate awareness, concern and knowledge about the planet by offering factual entertainment.” Doordarshan is not entirely out of the picture, as the public broadcaster will telecast the series in regional languages.

“Though anybody can watch it, we have designed the series keeping in mind the science curriculum of 6th to 8th standards. It is an attempt to encourage them to pursue science at the higher education level, and subsequently as a career,” says Sheshadri.

He cites the first India Science Report released by National Council of Applied Economic Research to make his point.

The report says students seem less inclined in pursuing pure science when it comes to a higher degree with the percentagedropping from 22 per cent in classes VI to VIII, to 13.4 per cent in classes XI and XII.

The ten-part series is aired on weekdays during the Nat Geo Junior time band, covering topics varying from sound and space, to genetics and geo-science. “The focus is on experiments that can be done at home without elaborate arrangements; like how a waterwheel can be used to grind flour and generate electricity.”

“The series also attempts to show that science is universal, and meant not just for the city child,” says Sheshadri, who plans to take the series to schools across the country.

A documentary too

The channel will also showcase a documentary, Cutting Carbon, which takes up the issue of global warming, to encourage individuals to do their bit to save the planet. The documentary will showcase an average Indian family, and how they start following greener and more environmentally friendly practices at home.

By doing so, they realise that they are not only leading a much healthier lifestyle, but also saving money.”

ANUJ KUMAR

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