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At a function held this week at the Zilla Parishad High School, Wadepuri, Nanded in Maharashtra, 20 fully-functional mini science centres (MSC’s) were handed over to the principals from government-run schools across Nanded. Executed by NGO United Way Mumbai and supported by Bayer, these schools have benefitted over 9000 students since its launch in 2017.
The mini science centres are built specifically for students from class 5 to 9 to encourage scientific temper in an enjoyable and engaging manner. Each centre includes 60 table top models explaining key science and mathematics concepts like magnetism, resonance, gravitation, Pythagoras theorem, properties of waves among other theories. These models are in alignment with the school curriculum and are approved by Maharashtra State Council of Educational Research and Training (MSCERT) and National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). The manuals and back-drops in the MSC’s are adapted to the local language to aid effective learning.
Speaking on the occasion, Gutte, Block Education Officer said, “A strong foundation in science will help children be creative and curious, paving the way for innovative thinking. With such science centres in place, children will find learning science easy, fun and interesting”.
Sharing his thoughts, Suhas Joshi, Head, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Bayer South Asia said, “Science is factual and a very interesting subject. We have created a platform for children through the mini science centres that provide experience-based learning and a unique opportunity to mould perceptions on the unlimited possibilities that science has to offer.”
Addressing on the occasion, Jayanti Shukla, Chief Executive Officer, United Way Mumbai said, “Bayer's support has helped spark an interest in science amongst children through the mini science centres and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) model making project. The infrastructure provided to the schools now allows teachers to demonstrate scientific concepts in a practical manner and gives the children hands-on experience. Post establishment of the science centres, we are happy to say that we have recorded an average of 5 to 8 percent increase in marks scored in Science and Math across grades.”
With local representatives, over 100 children along with representatives from United Way Mumbai and Bayer were also present at the event.