The Sci-Fun programmes visited these schools:- KRSS-Savoiverem,Jawahar Navodaya idyalaya-Canacona, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya-Valpoi, Holy Cross School-Quepem,Pope John Higher Secondary-Quepem, RPRS-Bandora, Kendriya Vidyalaya-Ponda, St. Xavier’s Institute-Curtorim.
SCI-FUN TRAINING: Science student trainees were rigorously trained for science concepts, making of Sci-toys using Arvind Gupta’s idea, using of science kits from Butterfly fields, presentation skills, over several Saturdays by coordinator, before the visiting different schools. Sci-toys were prepared by trainees from throw away and waste materials like old slippers, paper, pet bottles, balloons etc. The presentation skills like explaining the concept ans classroom management.
CONCEPTS: Butterfly field’s kits were used to explain different concepts like static electricity, Newton’s third law, friction etc. and Sci-toys used to explain centre of gravity, conservation of moment of intertia, Boyle’s law, magnetism, sound and aerodynamics. Through Chemistry demonstration concepts such as Redox reaction, Exothermic reaction, etc.
PROGRAMME SCHEDULE: The programme emphasises on hands on experience and students having fun while learning. The presentation is a 3 hour programme in std. 6th, 7th and 8th .First 1 hour is demonstration in the classroom followed by common demonstrations for whole school. Common demonstration consists of physics as well as chemistry concepts. The students are given opportunity to perform demonstrations in groups. Students are allowed to express their views regarding the concepts. Finally the student trainees explain the concepts through Power Point.
G.V.M’S SCIENCE POPULARISING PROJECT SCI-FUN
Acknowledgments: Mr. Bhaskar Khandeparkar, Chairman GVM’s Working Committee, for initiating and supporting the Sci-Fun project, Dr.Allan Abreo,ex-principal for support and motivation, Dept. of Science, Technology, and Environment, Govt. of Goa for sponsoring the project.
Created, organized, and conducted by Sci-Fun, project coordinator, Dr. Anna Neena George, Associate Professor, G.V.M’s Dr. Dada Vaidya College of Education.
Launched in September 2011 to popularize science among students of middle and secondary schools of Goa. The program is sponsored by the Department of Science, Technology, and Environment, Govt. of Goa.
The Sci-Fun program is based on the ideas of Mr. Arvind Gupta, of using low cost and throw-away materials to make ‘Sci-Toys’ teach science.
Total number of students catered to from 2012-2020: 6000
Total number of schools visited from 2012-2020: 30
Highlights: Science student trainees are rigorously trained for Science concepts, making of Sci-Toys using Arvind Gupta’s idea, using Science kits, presentation skills, over several Saturdays by the coordinator before visiting schools. Sci-Toys were prepared by trainees from throw away and waste materials like old slippers, paper, pet bottles, straws, balloons, syringes, plastic glasses, etc. The presentation skills like explaining the concepts, time management, and classroom management are nurtured. The program emphasizes hands-on experience and students having fun while learning. The Sci-Fun
Milestone 1: In the fifth year of the Sci-Fun program, 2015-2016, was telecasted on Goa Doordarshan by students of 5 schools: A. J. De Almeida High School, Ponda, MIBK High School Khandepar, New Educational Institute Curchorem, Saraswat High School Mapusa and Viscount of Pernem High School. The science teachers of these schools were Sci-Fun team members earlier.
Milestone 2: In the third year of the Sci-Fun program, 2013-2014, crossed the borders of Goa, was specially invited to Appasaheb Birnale Public School, Sangli and St. Francis De Sales Schools Khadgoan, Kolhapur, catering approximately to 800 and 200 students respectively. Both were fully sponsored by the schools.