Archive for the ‘Science Experiments’ Category

The Science of Creativity!

Dr. Seuss, the famous children’s author said in one of his books – “Think left and think right, think low and think high. Oh, the things you can think up, if only you try!”

Trying is definitely something that RDF children do a lot of! Coming from lives filled with difficulties and financial deprivation, RDF schools open up a rich learning ground in which they soak up everything they are exposed to – and the exposure is carefully curated by caring teachers who want the very best for these children.

Science and its wonderful world of experiments gets everyone excited! Students at Rollakal School have been blossoming under the guidance of their Science teachers. The teachers who come from similar background as the children understand the importance of quality and creative learning. They too are sent for several training programs in order to enhance teaching methods. This then allows them to think about creative ways of teaching. 

Science experiments have been a great way to understand Science concepts that would be too complex to understand theoretically. RDF has gone through a lot of effort to equip each school with a Science lab in order to expose children to learning visually and experientially.

The most recent experiments that the Rollakal children have been exploring are photosynthesis, understanding the root system, learning about the mechanism and biology of human breathing etc. Though the Science lab is equipped with a lot of material to aid conceptual understanding, the staff also ensures that students use recycled materials in order for the experiments to be as green and cost effective as possible!

We are very proud of the efforts of our staff to ensure that children learn in a fun environment. We are also proud of the children who keep their scientific enquiry alive through enthusiastically engaging with their own learning!

Nurturing Creative Intent

Nurturing creativity, thinking and analytical skills is far more important than memorizing texts and writing examinations. While clearing examinations are necessary to get the requisite degree, it is ultimately skills such as creative thinking, analytical reasoning, exploring interests and seeing them through with perseverance that actually help in career and life.

Raju, showing his JCB model to trainers from Andhra Mahila Sabha

Raju, a Class 10 student in RDF Redlawada School, was inspired to construct a JCB after seeing one lumbering down the road in his native village of Redlawada. He was also intent on making a working model and not just a toy. Since growing up in RDF, from LKG onwards, he was always exposed to the importance of conservation and recycling. Therefore, he also decided to recycle waste materials to create his JCB.

With prior experience in activity based learning methods which nurture curious minds, it is not surprising why Raju was so keen to see his experiment to fruition. With the encouragement of his Science teacher, he procured materials such as syringes an pipes to assemble his model JCB. Once he put it together, he displayed it to his classmates, including its workings. It is amazing how creating working models of everyday vehicles bring to light so many scientific principles that make learning so easy. Raju proved to be a very able teacher to his peers by demonstrating how a JCB works!

Raju has always loved the atmosphere in his school, even when it was running in a small rented premises till 4 years ago. The atmosphere of invention, encouragement and creativity make him and other students interested in learning and their lessons. RDF teachers have been trained to pay attention to students’ innate talent and abilities, which support their growth and development.

Well done Raju & the teachers of Redlawada School for polishing a diamond like him & our RDF students! This is true value of Educating, Engaging and Empowering!

 

No Limits for Knowledge

RDF schools continually strive, every single day, to put its vision of creating a nurturing, high quality learning environment through all its programs. How many us remember being intimidated by Science concepts in school, because merely reading about them in theory and rote memorizing them scarcely produced any real understanding of the concept or its application in real life.

RDF schools encourage their students to spend time researching Science concepts, create experiments and allowing their natural creativity to come through.

3 students from Class 9 in Matendla School, Nagaraju M, M. Nagaraju and Balanarsu decided to prepare an exhibit for National Science Day celebrations in school. They took some waste materials and shaped it like a boat. They attach a small dynamo, taken from a children’s toy car and connected it to a small battery. This allowed the boat to move in water. They then fixed a small switch to enable the boat to move forward and backward. Such experiences help students learn better through kinesthetic learning medium.

The students, like all RDF students, come from poor agricultural families. Going to school and learning well is what can equip them with the ability to go on create a career and better lives for themselves. All of them feel that they learn a lot in school and that it is enjoyable to learn this way. We all know, when we enjoy the learning process, we retain the learning. This is exactly what we aim for.

Prior to starting the experiment, the 3 students didn’t know how to go about making the boat. With the support of their teacher, researching the concept of dynamo, electric current and floatation through the internet and library books, they experimented and created a successful working model of a boat. Rather than struggle to memorise the concept, it is much better to struggle while experimenting, since the learning and the concept become clear. There is truly no time for learning – any time is a good time and there are no limits for knowledge!

We thank our teachers in Matendla for helping Nagaraju, Balnarsu and Nagaraj with this project.

‘A’ for Accomplishments!

Congratulations are in order for our students in RDF Kalleda School. Several students participated in various competitions and won praise and accolades for their performance.

The Science Congress team

The Science Congress team

Five students and a guide teacher participated in District Level Science Congress. The aim of the Science Congress is to encourage thinking about innovations in Science and Technology for sustainable development. The High School students of Kalleda School researched, prepared and exhibited the theme of ‘Innovation and Agriculture’. The theme was well received by the organizers and the students came back beaming with more confidence and enthusiasm.

The Chekumukhi Talent team

The Chekumukhi Talent team

Students of Classes 8 to 10 also participated in a Mandal Level ‘Chekumuki’ talent test. The Chekumuki tests are organized by Jana Vignana Vedika, a voluntary science organization that has been working for the past 28 years in the state to inculcate a scientic temperament among people and students in particular. The tests are conducted in an objective format. The Kalleda team won first prize and have been selected to the District Level!

Standing tall with pride - Deepthi

Standing tall with pride – Deepthi

Next on the list of achievers is Deepthi, an ace athlete! Through her zeal and hardwork, Deepthi progressed to the National Level in Student Olympics and was awarded third place!

There is so much energy and effort that goes in on the part of the school teams to guide and encourage their students in various fields. The students have also reflected this in their own

commitment to their learning and progress. We are immensely proud of their hard work and all their accomplishments!

Rolling in Inventiveness!

This week, we bring to you more inventiveness from the students at RDF Rollakal School! In our previous post from Rollakal here https://rdfblog.wordpress.com/2017/01/28/innovation-and-inspiration/, we wrote how the students are developing their scientific curiosity and creating many experiments.

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ros-1Today, the school is proud of the achievement of N. Vinay Kumar, a Class 6 student at the school. Vinay created an Air Pressure Vehicle, again using recycled materials. The materials he chose to create this vehicle are everyday items, found in all households – 4 bottlecaps, 1 balloon, 1 pipe, some plaster, a notebook cover page or thermocol sheet, 2 cellpen pipes and a broomstick thread.

With the help of his Science teacher, Vinay created a miniature car, that propelled itself forward due to the air pressure created in the balloon. Think about how much money urban kids and their parents spend buying ‘dinky’ cars for their amusement. It would be so much more worthwhile and creative to just make one on your own! A working one at that!

ros-3Such experiments show how creativity needs to be nurtured, with efforts on the part of the teacher or a parent or any adult who is willing to dive into such creative endeavours and experiment. There is so much more learning that goes on when children are engaged in this manner.

The Science of Creativity and Experimentation

Curiosity and creativity are the single most important traits that a person can have. Child development experts, educators, psychologists and scientists alike have researched and written about the importance of retaining a sense of curiosity for personal development and achievement.

Curiosity in any theme or subject leads to a sense of creativity, exploration and experimentation – the results of which, whether success or failure provide immense learning value. Such traits are the cornerstone of problem solving and innovation. The world definitely needs more creative problem solvers and innovators!

The proud ZPHS children with their certificates and prizes

The proud ZPHS children with their certificates and prizes

The RDF institutions and its partner schools, the Government Mandal and Zilla Parishad schools encourage an environment of creativity. Students also imbibe a concept more wholeheartedly when a concept is shown practically through experiments. Therefore the Science classes are generally abuzz with practical demonstrations and experiments to study a scientific concept. Therefore, when the Janyaa Foundation, a foundation the aims to encourage creative problem solving skills in rural children in India, invited rural and government schools to a Science and Maths exhibition, the Zilla Parishad High School responded to the invitation and sent in 6 exhibits that had been developed by some imaginative middle school children with the help of their Science teachers.

We are very proud to announce that 3 out of the 6 exhibits won awards! Maroof Ali & MD. Baba of Class 6 got the first prize exhibit on Magnetism. Y. Sai Varun and N. Ganesh of Class 7 got second prize for the Science exhibit on Light Reflection. Simhadri of Class 7 too was awarded an appreciation prize for his Tables chart.  Also, all children who participated in this exhibition were awarded with participation certificates.

The students and the school staff also are very happy about the effort and hard work of its students that won them prizes for their good work from Janyaa Foundation. Parents were invited to the school to see the exhibits and see the prizes and certificates that were given. It was a matter of pride for the parents too, to see their children’s achievements.

Finally it’s a great honor to the school and we wish the budding young scientist children many more years of happy experimenting and inventiveness!

Innovation and Inspiration!

It is amazing what a few resources, recycled materials, inspired ideas and an excitement to experiment and learn can bring about! Every human resource that is seen around us, in our environment, our home and the world started as a seed of an idea. The idea leads to exploration and experimentation, which through a process of trial and error becomes a very useful innovation.

The innovator, Sunny

The innovator, Sunny

This is precisely what we see happen in our schools time and again. Sunny, a Class 5 student of RDF Rollakal School loves Science experiments. His Science teacher encourages him to test out his ideas or research science concepts that he is interested in. This collaboration resulted in a brilliant water pump innovation.

The apparatus

The apparatus

Using a motor, battery, a box, an empty bottle and 2 pipes, Sunny, set up the apparatus to create a water pump.

With the guidance of his Science teacher and his own keen interest in Science, Sunny was able to accomplish this with ease. This goes to show how an environment of encouragement, play and infusing fun and curiosity into lessons can bring them to life for everyone!