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The Assault on the Stratosphere: Workshop on the Atmosphere by Reniscience Education

October 5, 2014 • Posted in: News, Workshops

A tour of the atmosphere by Sangita Kapadia and Purvi Vora of Reniscience Education was in store for our students recently.

Sangita Kapadia with the students at the E-Base.

Sangita Kapadia with the students at the E-Base.

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E-Base Library: Ready for take off!

October 1, 2014 • Posted in: E-Base Library, News, Workshops

With reading assessments almost complete, we’re working on fixing the last few details of the libraries.

With so many boxes of books making their way to Pench, organizing was the order of the trip. (Image: Monica Szczupider)

With so many boxes of books making their way to Pench, organizing was the order of the trip. (Image: Monica Szczupider)

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E-Base Library: Of Reading Assessments and Library Cards

September 26, 2014 • Posted in: E-Base Library, News, Workshops

With immense help from two wonderful ladies, Divya Nawale and Monica Szczupider who joined us in Pench this month, we have gotten through the bulk of our work.

Our volunteers, Divya (left) and  Monica (right) helping with registrations of students.

Our volunteers, Divya (left) and Monica (right) helping with registrations of students.

This month, we began work on our reading program baseline study. Before we open up the library to our students in Pench, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, we wished to determine the as is state of affairs. Our focus remained on two major components of the reading program- the fluency of reading and content knowledge. The students in the region of Pench grapple with similar problems in the education sphere as those in other remote locations in many parts of India.

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The Wonder that is Science!: Workshop by TIFR

September 24, 2014 • Posted in: News, Pench Maharashtra Workshops, Workshops

To introduce students in schools at the Karmajhiri side of the Pench Tiger reserve to simple scientific concepts, professors from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) conducted a hand- on entertaining workshop.

Mr .Surendra Kulkarni of TIFR has been our partner since the last two years. IT is thanks to him, we have been able to bring to these children such a wonderful session on the wonders of science.

Mr .Surendra Kulkarni of TIFR has been our partner since the last two years. IT is thanks to him, we have been able to bring to these children such a wonderful session on the wonders of science.

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The Trees that make up my Forest: Workshop by Pooja Choksi

September 3, 2014 • Posted in: News, Pench Maharashtra Workshops, Workshops

Trees come in different shapes and sizes. They are those that may be planted by our city managements or those that stubbornly firmly planted themselves in favourable nooks. They sway above us and temporarily offer us shade on a hot summer’s day. Their flowers and fruits colour our streets red and blue in spring. And, in monsoon, you give a million thanks to it when you forget your umbrella and need to take cover under the giant canopy it so beautifully provides.

Learning about the value of our forests.

Learning about the value of our forests.

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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!

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The Organic Diaries: Round Two

August 29, 2014 • Posted in: News, The Organic Diaries, Workshops

We’ve returned to organic gardening once again this year, but only in a different school. This year, Kohka Middle School has taken it on themselves to go organic.

Plowing the patch for his peers to sow.

Plowing the patch for his peers to sow.

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Churning the Earth: Workshop by Pooja Choksi

August 4, 2014 • Posted in: News, Workshops

Have you ever picked up the wrapper of your favourite cookies or chips to understand what really went into making it?

This week our students at the E-Base did just this. Very often, we, as consumers, are unaware of the impact of our choices. Be it in the form of our carbon footprint or fueling the business of mining precious elements of the Earth.

Pooja elucidating the meaning of having a product that travels endless number of kilometres to reach a customer. (Image: Jash Koradia)

Pooja elucidating the meaning of having a product that travels endless number of kilometres to reach a customer. (Image: Jash Koradia)

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The many faces of Pench

August 3, 2014 • Posted in: News, Workshops

Pench is beautiful throughout the year.

How do we vouch for that?

Here is a selection of images from the time we have spent in this enchanting forest over the last three years. We are sure you will agree with us by the the time you reach the last photo.

In spring, Pench is abuzz with insects, birds chirping and the lovely Mahua in full bloom. The light smell of of the forest is carried about by the gentle breeze. This is a wonderful time when the summer heat is just beginning to set in.

Parakeets perched atop the Flame of the Forest.

Parakeets perched atop the Flame of the Forest.

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On the tiger’s trail: Workshop by Pooja Choksi

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

Kolitmara school (1)

Even though the students in the villages of Dahoda and Kolitmara live around the Pench Tiger Reserve, very few of them have actually seen a tiger or know about its behaviour.

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