In order to achieve the set objectives, Anubhava has developed the following programs:
Anubhava Learning Sessions for children
“... the objectives at this stage are to nurture the curiosity of the child about the world, to have the child engage in exploratory and hands-on activities... Scientific concepts are to be arrived at mainly from activities and experiments.”
Anubhava Learning Sessions for children are designed to clear misconceptions and understand the role of science in everyday events and build scientific temper in children through experiments, activities involving creating models and making toys using low cost and locally available materials, encouraging observation and providing guidance. Children are introduced to the topics by discussing everyday phenomena, helping them to wonder how and guiding them towards discovering the concepts by performing experiments and creating problem solving situations that are required to explain the phenomena.
Anubhava Facilitator Training Sessions
“....How the method of teaching affects the character of what is taught can be seen in science. The distinctness of science as a school subject comes from the need for experimentation by the learner. If distinctness is a criterion for considering an area of knowledge as a separate subject at school, then there is no point in teaching science as, say, literature.....”
Anubhava Facilitator Training Sessions are essential to empower teachers to strengthentheir science teaching skills not just on ‘delivering’ content but also o inspire them to observe, analyse, enjoy and learn science in each of their experiences. The facilitator training session focuses on:
- concept based science learning
- how simple phenomena around us can delve us into discussions on various science concepts that seem obvious. For example, water evaporation when
illustrated can take us into discussion on how the bubbles are formed, where they are formed first, what happens after sometime, why they go to the
surface and break, what are they made of etc
- how stimulating it is to learn in an exploration mode
- how simple experiments, activities or materials can make science learning very interesting and involving
As part of training, challenging situations are created for teachers to perform, observe, think, discuss and analyse creating opportunities for them to experience the process which helps them to self realize the effectiveness of the method of experiential and explorative learning.
Organising Science Exhibition in schools
Anubhava supports schools to organize science exhibition by children, teachers and invite the local community to create awareness and involvement among all stakeholders of education.
Science Exhibition events are organized not just to exhibit experiments or models but intended to create an environment to children of all grades for informal learning and to provide an opportunity for children to reflect what is learnt in classroom sessions and learn what is not learnt and to explore further.
Science Exhibition creates an informal learning environment for children by providing opportunities to prepare display charts for their topics, prepare themselves to face the visitor and explain, feel the sense of learning satisfaction, get rid of the inhibition to speak few words on what they have learnt in a more natural way and more importantly gain great amount of self confidence through this process of learning.
Children learn concepts that are not clear inside classroom not only while practicing their experiment for the exhibition but also observing and listening to others.
Science resource centre in every school
Anubhava will help each school to setup a science resource centre. The materials at the resource centre will be from those used during Anubhava sessions and those developed by teachers and children during these sessions. Anubhava sessions also encourage children to create materials that also become part of the resource centre. Basically the resource centre will be created by teachers and children and they become responsible to maintain it versus buying some materials and stacking in the school without knowing how to use the materials. This ensures that teachers and students are not only aware of their centre’s resources but also take pride in maintaining and building on them.
ANUBHAVA PROJECT FOR GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS
‘Joy of Learning’-- Primary and Upper Primary Class Project
The scope of the project includes
Support Government primary school children and teachers
Conduct Anubhava Facilitator Learning Sessions for teachers of 3 rd to 7 th std
Implement Anubhava Learning Sessions for Children through trained teachers
Provide required materials support
The school is encouraged and support is provided to organize a science exhibition giving an opportunity for many more children to learn informally on various topics through resources that would be created and exhibited in this project.
Also contributes towards building a science resource centre in each school