National Geographic Channel helps kids develop covalent bonds with science with a new series
In NCERT books there is an activity column in each chapter which 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”.
Once DD used to monopolise this territory and it's heartening to find private players enter a field where profit is not always the first criterion. Rajesh Sheshadri, senior vice president, Content and Communication, National Geographic Channel, says, “The channel aims to inspire a life-long passion in children for learning by cultivating curiosity and wonder about the world and generate awareness, concern and knowledge about the planet by offering smart and reliable factual entertainment, featuring science and technology, animals and nature, exploration and culture.” While the production inputs have come from the channel, the Ministry has contributed in scientific knowhow and expertise. Doordarshan is not entirely out of the picture as the public broadcaster will telecast the series in regional languages.
Sheshadri says Science Mein Twist is a fun way to approach science that will resonate with children all over. “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 make science stimulating and interesting for school children and encourage them to pursue it at the higher education level and subsequently as a career.” 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. The percentage of students interested in pure science drops from 22 per cent in 6 to 8 levels to 13.4 per cent among students in class 11 and 12.
The ten-part series is showcased on weekdays on the Nat Geo Junior time band.