Ingersoll Rand, a world leader in creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments, has partnered with Agastya International Foundation to launch a Mobile Science Lab in Ghaziabad, India. The Mobile Science Lab will help benefit economically disadvantaged government school children in remote, rural areas and train teachers from the government schools in hands on pedagogy. Children trained and educated by Agastya will get an opportunity to learn and understand the basic science principles through creative science models and interactive demonstrations rather than through rote learning.
Ingersoll Rand has now deepened its focus on spreading science education across India through one Science Centre at Government Girls Senior Secondary School in Jacobpura, two Mobile Science Labs in Naroda and one Mobile Science Lab at Chennai, Mumbai, Bidadi and Sahibabad each.
The science center was inaugurated at the Government Inter College, Nandgram, Ghaziabad in presence of Raj Singh Yadav, District Inspector of Schools (DIOS), Sunil Khanduja, Ingersoll Rand Sahibabad Plant Head, Ratish Pandey, Director North Region, Agastya lnternational Foundation, employee volunteers from Ingersoll Rand, team from Agastya International Foundation, school authorities and the students.
The Mobile Science Lab is a very powerful and innovative instrument to revolutionize rural education and make hands-on education increasingly accessible. It is a catalytic channel that is fun, engaging and interactive, aimed to raise awareness among disadvantaged children and teachers of the value of learning – with a focus on science. Each Mobile Science Lab travels to doorstep of remote schools with 100+ hands-on science models covering a wide range of topics in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Math for Class 5 through 10. The teaching approach is consistent with the National Curriculum Framework and the topics overlap the NCERT syllabus.
The Mobile Science Lab will be of great impetus for students and teachers in the vicinity, and will aim to deliver to 16,000 children exposures in a year of its operation. Additionally, teachers will be trained with an aim to disseminate knowledge and propagate creative-thinking and problem-solving skills among government school teachers.
The Mobile Science Lab will also conduct Science Fairs and Summer Camps in which Young Instructors will be identified and trained to demonstrate science concepts to their peers through peer-to-peer learning.
Ingersoll Rand is supporting the Agastya Foundation team with essential equipment, training of staff, infrastructure cost and expertise for imparting science education through innovative means.
Geetanjali Bhatia, Leader Corporate Relations & CSR, Ingersoll Rand India said, “At Ingersoll Rand, our key focus areas for CSR include Education, Healthcare & Sanitation, providing Livelihood and Sustainability..”
“The Ingersoll Rand Mobile Science lab in Ghaziabad is the first Agastya project in the region and also the seventh Mobile Science Lab in India with our partnership. With these projects, our aim is to provide teachers with tools and methodologies to explain concepts creatively and encourage curiosity and promote experiential learning”, said Ratish Pandey, Director North Region, Agastya International Foundation.