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Science and the everyday life

At a workshop children learnt the practical aspect of science in their day to day life

Somehow the science lessons in school do not automatically translate into practical application of its formulae and theories. Trying to bridge this gap is the city-based BookMagic Library. A four-day science workshop was recently hosted by the library in association with Science Utsav, an Bengaluru-based organisation that conducts interactive learning workshops. A group of 10 students from various schools participated in the workshop.

Thirteen-year-old Saatvika Vedula enjoyed it, she said. Engrossed in making a sound box from a plastic container, she explained the concept of positive and negative terminals to her friend. “The trial and error method of learning is so interesting. It helps me understand the scientific concepts clearly and makes learning fun,” she said.

Hosted for children from class II to class VIII, the workshop is the brainchild of Hari Madala, owner of BookMagic Library. “I realised that not many students in the city have access to the practical implementation of scientific theories in school. They just memorise the lessons without any knowledge about its application. That is when the idea of interactive science workshops occurred to me,” he said.

While the older kids tried to make their music box work, the younger ones in the room were busy making a scribbling robot with a plastic ball, cardboard cylinder and three sketch pens. The robot is designed to move in circles and make interesting patterns. “Children take these models home and we encourage them to break them and make them again so that they improvise in that process and learn something new,” added Hari. The workshop encouraged children to observe science at work in their everyday surroundings and make their models with material that was easily available. Topics like electricity, motion, vibrations, the positive and negative terminal of a battery and working of a motor were covered in the workshop.

According to Amala Reddy, Head of Science, Utsav — Visakhapatnam, the activities were crafted according to the curriculum. “Different methodology is followed for different age groups. For children between the age of five years to 10 years, we first conduct the experiment and then explain the theory. However, for children above 10 years of age, we first teach them the theory and then go to the experiments,” explained Amala. She started with Science Utsav in 2017 and has regularly held these workshops. Not just here but also in Vizianagaram and Srikakulam.

This is not the first time the library is hosting such workshops. “Apart from the science workshop, we are also conducting Math workshop this winter. We had conducted such activities in last Summer and during Dasera vacations for which we received good feedback,” said Madala.

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