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Water Works Science Fair


In the last five years, we have conducted our workshops and camps at various schools and libraries. We have been written about as well as kids have shared their experiences. Here are links to a few of them:

Parents about the Science Camps

Kids at the Science Camps

Teachers at Head Start Educational Academy

Kids at Head Start Educational Academy

Teachers at Shishu Mandir (Teacher Training Program)

Kids at Neelbagh Rural School

Kids at The Valley School


water works science fair



Article about Curiouscity in www.mummyknowsbest.com


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Whoever conjured up the image of scientists being geeky and nerdy is going to be proven wrong - finally! All thanks to the creative minds of a few scientists who are dispelling this myth with their wonderful approach to introducing and teaching science to kids.

Curiouscity aims at initiating an interest and curiosity in children about science, showing them that science is amazing and touches every aspect of life! What’s great about Curiouscity is that they convince children (and frankly even me!) of this fact overnight… and voila, anyone can be a scientist.

This fun bunch of scientists and teachers explain scientific concepts with creativity. Yes, creativity and science do go hand in hand. I attended a Sunday session where a group of 8-12 year olds were figuring out the Archimedes Principle all on their own with the help of silver foil, a tub of water and marbles. They were truly brilliant and they were having so much fun, I wanted to be a kid all over again.

Some of the cool questions the workshops investigate are:

Acids and bases, ever made green eggs and ham?

Pressure - how strong is the air around you?

Electricity - why a lemon battery won’t light a light bulb….and many more!

These workshops are so different from the way we were taught – no boring definitions or formulas to mug. Here the kids are Newton, Darwin, and Einstein themselves. They use tools to conduct experiments that have been ingeniously designed to enable the kids to observe, infer and draw conclusions themselves. This lovely sense of discovery and understanding of concepts is what inspires and energises any human being. Apart from all this, I was amazed by the other life skills that the children inadvertently learn, like teamwork, patience and the ability to communicate effectively. 

Curiouscity makes science fun! It’s one of the best things you could do for your child and if they took 4 year olds in their camps, I would stand overnight in a queue to get him a spot! 

Curiouscity conducts workshops and camps all around Bangalore for 8-12 yr olds. The latest one is at ‘Claytopia’ in Indranagar and they may have a few spots left so….hurry up and call them!

To find out more go online at : www.curioscity.org

Contact: Phone: 9980103061

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 LINK TO ARTICLE (August 2010)

http://mummyknowsbest.com/2010/08/24/eureka-science-workshops-for-kids/ 


Lab is a many-splendoured thing


There’s no room for mouthfuls of scientific terminology and long-winded theorising at Curiouscity, finds Priya George.
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Consider a pendulum with a mass M, suspended at a distance L from a pivot. The moment this object, a bob, is displaced from its resting equilibrium position, the restoring force due to gravity will cause it to move in one direction, and this force, combined with its mass, will impel it in another. The period of swing “T” of this pendulum is a factor of “L”, the local strength of gravity “g” and, to a small extent, the amplitude of its swing, “theta”. “M” has no bearing on “T”. If you’ve employed this approach to explain oscillating masses to your kids, it’s fair to assume that by the time you get to “resting equilibrium position” and “restoring force due to gravity”, the young ones have assumed recumbent positions on the couch, removed from fanciful notions of amplitude and period of swing.

Instead, you might want to consider the method adopted by Shonali Chinniah and her associates at Curiouscity when they attempt to unravel the physics behind pendulums to kids: they suspend a bucket using 20 feet of rope from a tree and let it swing away. Later, they hand out potatoes of various shapes and sizes to the children and ask them to replicate the exercise, thereby demonstrating that “M” indeed has no effect on “T”. “We teach children how to observe, explore and come to their own conclusions after an experiment is conducted,” said Chinniah. “Our approach to teaching science is very hands-on; experiments are conducted by the children.”

Curiouscity was founded two years ago by a handful of scientists and teachers with the specific purpose of bringing science to kids without muddling their heads with jargon. “This isn’t meant to change the way science is taught in schools,” Chinniah quickly clarified. “We are only attempting to add to a child’s learning.” To this end, the programme that Curiouscity conducts doesn’t involve an exam. “Although I believe that memorising is an important aspect of learning, I feel learning should involve as much theory as practical knowledge,” she said. Co-founder Sukanya Sinha, a professor at the Indian Statistical Institute, insists that teaching children observation and encouraging curiosity is crucial. “We want to inculcate a questioning temperament that they can apply to everyday life and not just their studies,” she said. “The focus is to get children to experience science first hand.”

Curiouscity addresses the needs of children aged eight to 12 – they hold two-hour sessions through the year where children are encouraged to come up with ideas, find solutions to problems and design experiments. “We are not trying to better the kid’s grades or make him a science genius, we are trying to build a curiosity for science,” Chinniah said. “As long as a child picks up whatever he can in a class and tries something at home and is able to apply this learning in different ways, that’s learning enough.”

As soon as an experiment reaches its conclusion, the participants gather around to discuss the results and attempt to understand the underlying science. “The idea is to create an atmosphere where the kids can approach everything from scratch,” said research scientist and Curiouscity co-founder Utpal Chattopadhyay. “Hopefully, what they learn will stay with them for life.”

(June 2011) 


My trip to Masinagudi 



Masinagudi Bio Camp

It was just one of those days where as soon as my mother called my name to wake me up in the morning, I jumped out of bed. I guess it was the trip to Masinagudi that did the trick. My mom drove my brother and me to Shonali auntie’s house at five thirty in the morning and there was a bus waiting for ten other children and us. As soon as we reached Shonali auntie’s house we loaded all our bags and left for Masinagudi. The bus ride was fun even though it took us five to six hours to reach there. We watched a movie, sang songs and played a few games. We packed breakfast and everyone had to bring one extra food item to share with each other. My mom packed sandwiches for breakfast and I bought cookies to share with everybody.

We reached the jungle retreat at lunch time and we were so hungry that before we even put our bags in the dormitory, we had our lunch. Then we were told to follow some rules while we stayed there. We had a very fun person accompanying us whose name was Rohan uncle. We had a lot of fun staying there. We went swimming, played foosball and many more games. But, I thought one of the most fun parts was going for walks in the jungle and doing different exercises. When we walked through the jungle we made a note of the different trees, birds and animals we saw. We even followed a herd of deer for two days and also the Langur monkeys. We saw twenty five different beautiful birds and set up cameras to catch any animals that passed by during the night. The exercises were equally fun. We did estimation counts of the number of flowers in sixteen bushes and the number of water spiders in a pond.

The next day we left the jungle retreat to camp in the middle of the hills near Ooty for a day. It was nice because we had to do everything without any resources except sleeping bags and tents. We cooked food on a fire we made with firewood, slept in tents and even used portable toilets!!! But it was fun because we learnt a lot of things. The next morning we returned to the jungle retreat and it was our last day of the trip. We went for a swim, played little foosball, packed our luggage and left for Bangalore. The bus trip wasn’t as fun as when we came because all of us were tired. We miss that place a lot and the funny part is that my brother, Arjun, did not know what he wanted to become when he grows up but now he says he wants to be a bird watcher!!!!!!

Priya     

 
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