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Making Teaching Engaging: Workshop on science education by Curiouscity Science Education

September 1, 2014 • Posted in: News, Pench Maharashtra Workshops, Workshops

Education in short staffed government schools is riddled by a string of problems, the most important being the lack of use of engaging methods in class.

Understanding the functioning of a pendulum  using just kitchen items like potatoes, tomatoes and onions!

Understanding the functioning of a pendulum using just kitchen items like potatoes, tomatoes and onions!

This week, Sukanya Sinha and Shonali Chinniah of Curiouscity Science Education came down to Pench, Maharashtra to help alleviate the problems in Science education. Using simple everyday objects can help teach scientific concepts much better than a drab textbook can and this enthusiastic pair showed them just how!

Learning about the conduction of electricity as part of the 8th grade curriculum.

Learning about the conduction of electricity as part of the 8th grade curriculum.

Everyone was getting creative to know what is a conductor and what is not. In this case, we prove that the Mangalsutra, in fact, is a conductor!

Everyone was getting creative to know what is a conductor and what is not. In this case, we prove that the Mangalsutra, in fact, is a conductor!

Trying to light an LED bulb with only salt and lime water.

Trying to light an LED bulb with only salt and lime water.

Using basic concepts from middle school text books such electricity, atmospheric pressure, the working of a pendulum, gravity and the likes, Sukanya and Shonali showcased to the teachers just how to make an apparently difficult topic easy to teach.

Amused to see the voltage of the electricity within our bodies.

Amused to see the voltage of the electricity within our bodies.

Needless to say, the teachers had a delightful time, and marveled at the experiment. Here are some more photos of some very amusing moments during the workshop.

Trying to go against atmospheric pressure, unsuccessfully so.

Trying to go against atmospheric pressure, unsuccessfully so.

The many moments of amusement in the workshop.

The many moments of amusement in the workshop.

The joy of finally conquering the experiment. These two teachers figured out the way the experiment worked and were more than happy to explain it to the group.

The joy of finally conquering the experiment. These two teachers figured out the way the experiment worked and were more than happy to explain it to the group.

Sukanya showing the teachers simple experiments to to use in class to teach the properties of Carbon Dioxide.

Sukanya showing the teachers simple experiments to use in class to teach the properties of Carbon Dioxide.

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