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2016 - 2017, Issue - 1                                www.anubhavasciencefoundation.org
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Anubhava Science Foundation (ASF) is a Charitable Trust registered in 2008. ASF envisions to enrich Science and Mathematics education in Karnataka schools. ASF has been granted 80(G)(vi)(Act 1961) enabling donors to claim income tax benefits.

Background

To address some of the issues prevalent in science education, Anubhava Science Foundation started working in the field of School Science Education since 2008. The
important premise that guided ASF's work is that teacher development is an important aspect that has a direct influence on the quality of children's learning.

Some of the challenges specific to teacher science education include

  • lack of quality in-service teacher programs with emphasis on subject matter knowledge and pedagogic approaches
  • short term service programs for teachers, which is inadequate for a deeper engagement and sustainable impact
  • lack of opportunity and space for teachers to design and create their own curricular resources
  • lack of integration of training, field work and reflection in teacher development programmes
  • external intervention programs implemented within government cluster framework are sporadic, short term and face number of challenges
  • A majority of teachers teaching science in government middle schools in Karnataka are not from a science background and their knowledge of Maths is limited.
Based on the insights captured and experience gained over the last 8 years, ASF has conceptualized "Teachers Enrichment Programme” for enriching Science & Math teaching that will have a larger and deeper impact.
Teacher Enrichment Programme

ASF launched a "first of its kind" - an indepth one year Teacher Enrichment Programme for in-service Government and aided school teachers in collaboration with Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology (KSCST) on 15th June 2016 @ IISc campus with support from The Centre for Sustainable Technologies (CST), IISc.

This is a 20 day contact program for teachers teaching Science from grades V to VIII. The course includes classroom sessions, field work and assignments spanning over a year.

Aims of the Programme

 - Develop subject and pedagogic expertise
 - Offer the experience of the art of learning science and the art of teaching science
 - Empower teachers to create science curricular resources
 - Explore and experience the science of life
 - Creation of a new in-service science teacher program with an innovative curriculum


June month update

An MOU is signed with Block Education Officers of Bengaluru North 1 and North 2 blocks. 45 teachers from these 2 blocks are enrolled for the year 2016-17.

Inauguration of Teacher Enrichment Programme was held on 15th June at CST Seminar Hall, IISc in the presence of Prof. Chanakya H.N, Prof. S. Subramanian, Dr. S. G. Sreekanteshwara Swamy, Prof. Monto Mani and ASF Team comprising Geetha Arvind, Kshama Chakravarthy, Bhama Sridharan.
The course commenced with four contact sessions between 15th June and 18th June. This will be followed by monthly sessions till April 2017.
When teachers became enlightened students !
 
The class of 45 odd government school teachers ranging from ages 30 to nearing 60 were no different from enthusiastic students in any classroom… they sat in rapt attention, answered all at a time to a question and did the experiments like children given new toys. The sessions on matter, atoms, force and motion and density saw instructor Geetha Arvind nudge the class in the right direction using questions and simple experiments designed to encourage thinking and demonstrate concepts.

A useful step appreciated by teachers was the new concept of a mind map (as against lesson plan) to put all the related ideas around a subject in a kind of flow chart with many branches and offshoots.
Pre-tests saw most participants answer meticulously, with a few indulging in discussions (the eternal struggle not to be outsmarted!)

Take- home assignments for the next month – mind maps for the topics covered, doubts encountered in class, etc were also noted down religiously.

There was a sense of camaraderie and humour in class all four days, yet no fooling around. The conversational tone using colloquial language for communication made it easy to connect.

A daily meditation for ten minutes using deep breathing and body concentration saw full involvement.

Math games
When doing science, especially the physical sciences, how can one do away with Math? Not possible. That is why the session had a daily dose of an hour of relevant topics in Math like fractions and ratios, proportions, factors and multiples, area and perimeter.

Here again the focus was on understanding the concept or idea behind the word more than the equation or formula. A simple question like ‘is 1:2 same as fraction ½’ can easily floor many of us. Most were inclined to say it was the same till instructor Kshama helped discern the difference using shading to show how in the ratio, the whole is 3 while in the fraction it is 2.

KSCST presentations

And finally, there were the practical real-life issues taken up by KSCST scientists who spoke on rainwater harvesting, need to involve community in reviving old water bodies and the urgent actions on energy conservation and renewable energy.

If A R Shivkumar spoke on how city-zens are wasting rainwater which could easily cater to the needs of a city like Bangalore, on the purity of rainwater and the ease of harvesting it, then Vijay U T painted a grim picture of decline of kalyanis in the state and what the institute has been doing to help in building beneficial policy. Vishnu Chinagundi drilled home the message of global warming and energy conservation while touching on how renewables can help. Queries and observations from the engrossed class were many, despite the sessions eating into lunch time.


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