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Another Eventful year at the E-Base

November 28, 2015 • Posted in: News, Workshops

Yet another eventful year at the E-Base has passed. Last month, the E-Base program completed four years. In the company of our wonderful students and forest guards, we celebrated four years of learning and creating appreciation for wildernesses and the tigers that reside in them. This year saw our students improve their reading skills, explore the biodiversity around them in more depth and learn yoga. Here is a quick glimpse of our anniversary celebration in Pench.

Inquiry and discovery are a huge part of the learning process at the E-Base.

Inquiry and discovery are a huge part of the learning process at the E-Base.

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The Diversity Around Us: Understanding the meaning of Biodiversity

July 15, 2015 • Posted in: News, Workshops

Our students are surrounded by one of central India’s most beautiful forests, which hold a large number of species within their innumerable, beautiful shades of green. Through this workshop on understanding biodiversity, we wished to bring to the notice of our students the biodiversity of Pench and the important purpose it serves.

Beginning with a small challenge, the students named all the plant and animal species they could think of. A one minute challenge led to much excitement and long lists by every student. It is always comforting to see our students to know that our students are connected and aware of their surrounding. Using these long lists, Purvi and Sangita of our partner organization, Reniscience Education, elucidated the definition of biodiversity. It is exactly this- a whole set of species, big and small, short and long, marine or terrestrial that make up an ecosystem.

Deconstructing the definition of Biodiversity.

Deconstructing the definition of Biodiversity.

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What’s causing that pollution?: Workshop by Reniscience Education

January 15, 2015 • Posted in: News, Workshops

Everyday, we expel unnatural and harmful elements into our surroundings. In the beginning, they are nothing more than a mere inconvenience, however, over time, we experience the full effects of our actions.

Whether it is littering in our immediate environment, creating a ruckus in the neighbourhood, contaminating our water bodies or simply putting into the atmosphere gases that do no good for us, we pollute in many ways.

This month, the students learnt about the pollution around them in this workshop by Reniscience Education. Sangita Kapadia and Purvi Vora took the students out of the classrooms all around- into the village, by their lake, by the roads- to examine the impact through the pollution created in the village.

Through a pollution survey, the students were meant to identify the greatest sources of pollution and later, come up with solutions to best tackle the issue.

Students in the village of Kohka conducting the pollution survey.

Students in the village of Kohka conducting the pollution survey.

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Manipulating the Sun: Workshop by Curiouscity Science Education

December 19, 2014 • Posted in: News, Workshops

One of the best and most effective sources of clean energy, the Sun, has been manipulated to our benefit since time unknown.

Our students are well versed with solar energy through their extensive exposure to the workings of a solar planel. After all, it is a kilo watt of solar that supports their favourite classroom.

However, this month we took manipulating solar energy a step further with this workshop by Curiouscity Science education. Educators, Utpal Chattopadhyay and Shonali Chinniah, taught the children what happens when we mix different materials, natural and artificial, colours and the light from the Sun.

Utpal and Shonali explaining the potential of solar energy to the students.

Utpal and Shonali explaining the potential of solar energy to the students.

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Journey to the Centre of the Earth: Workshop by Reniscience Education

December 17, 2014 • Posted in: News, Workshops

While the 1864 novel introduced to children a completely spectacular image of the underground and of what the Earth is made up of, the reality is quite different. However, it isn’t of importance that the Earth’s core isn’t as exciting as that imagined by characters, Alex and Professor Lidenbrock, the Earth’s core is still extraordinary. Off course, one does not expect the same hospitality from the planet like in the science fiction novel.

This month’s agenda compromised of a virtual journey to the centre of the Earth. Our students are aware of what is extant above the Earth’s surface, but this workshop took them below it to discover what lies beneath.

Purvi Vora and Sangita Kapadia of Reniscience Education made this workshop just as entertaining as the far fetched novel with some fantastic activities.

The wonderful duo of Reniscience Education introducing the concept of the Earth as an onion consisting of various layers.

The wonderful duo of Reniscience Education introducing the concept of the Earth as an onion consisting of various layers.

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A Changing World: Workshop on Climate Change by Pooja Choksi

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

Our planet as it once began has been constantly undergoing changes. The only difference between the changes taking place in the last few centuries and those before that is that now these changes are instigated by man’s actions.

The students know one thing like a gospel truth: life cannot exist without oxygen. It was time to however introduce them to other atmospheric gases playing equally significant roles in the upkeep of our planet.

Students understanding the task at hand. The atmosphere consists of 78 per cent nitrogen, 21 per cent oxygen and 1 per cent of all other gases and water vapour. The students were meant to correctly label the pie chart.

Students understanding the task at hand. The atmosphere consists of 78 per cent nitrogen, 21 per cent oxygen and 1 per cent of all other gases and water vapour. The students were meant to correctly label the pie chart.

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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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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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The Small Acts That Count

February 15, 2014 • Posted in: News, Workshops

Most of the villages surrounding the Pench Tiger Reserve, M.P. do not have organised methods of waste disposal.

While setting up the compost unit in Kohka Middle School , we advised the students to get together and collect the dry garbage and plastic in one location, so as to enable it to be dealt with in an organised fashion.

Just last month, we noticed that our advice has been heeded. There it was, a ‘kuda daan’ at the back of the school, next to the compost unit.

The pit student dug in the school to collect their garbage which is otherwise usually strewn around the school.

The pit student dug in the school to collect their garbage which is otherwise usually strewn around the school.

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One too many!: Workshop on human population and its impact by Pooja Choksi

February 5, 2014 • Posted in: News, Workshops

It’s time to talk about the elephant in the room- our ever growing population!

Population and our resources- pooja 22-23 jan, 20141 (1)

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