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This project was initiated in 2004 when we began working with local primary schools to help develop a resource bank of activities which could enable activity based science learning to take place in a school situation where resources are limited. The project involves practical science activities and workshops for primary and middle schools local to our area, a booklet to share with the staff involved, teacher training inset days, and a weblog for sharing these ideas with schools linked to the project.

 

What is Sustainable scrap science?potometer.jpg

Initially the project developed from an awareness of the need for science to be presented in primary schools in a different, more accessible, activity based, and child centered manner.

We worked initially just with Sita school, and began forming a resource bank of activities which could enable activity based science learning to take place in a school situation where resources are limited.

Once we had a working series of activities we then expanded the project and worked with four primary schools in our local area.

The project then developed with the encouragement of visiting teachers to Sangam, and the project was funded through DIFID in order to develop into a schools linking/ partnership project, and schools in Somerset UK joined the project.

In 2007 Imo involved the Parikrma Humanity Foundtion schools in the project.

A weblog was formed for sharing ideas and activities with linked schools from other parts of the world.

A booklet was written as a resource bank of ideas and lesson plans for teaching science in this manner.

 

The aims of the SSS schools partnership project:

1. Increase global understanding through sharing a common enthusiasm for science

2. Enable the wonder of science to be accessible to schools in India and in the UKmeasuring.jpg

3. Demonstrate recycling and sustainability using waste to create science resources, helping us to re-evaluate "waste"

4. Develop the thinking skills inherent in free explorations of scientific phenomenon, which children naturally enjoy

5. Raise awareness of the possibilities for science using equipment which is all around us, breaking down the idea that science needs expensive and complicated resources

 

The purpose of the SSS resource bank:

The aim of the resource bank is to begin to provide teachers and children with access to science ideas which can be conducted using limited resources, and for teachers who receive the resource bank to feel equipped to use the activities unaided.creativeeducation2small.jpg

The science ideas are simple and enjoyable. The hope is that they can enthuse the staff and children about science, and through short explorations, investigations and challenges they will learn new ways of seeing, thinking about and understanding scientific phenomenon.

 

The future of SSS:

The resource bank continues to develop and expand as we have more ideas, as we share it and discuss it there is still more to add! So we hope to continue with the resource until we feel it is in a "finished" state.

Once it is complete we hope to print a run of copies in order to make it available to all the schools involved in the project. Many of activities have been translated into Kannada already, and once this translation process is complete we hope to print a run of copies in Kannada so that the ideas are accessible for the teachers from our area.

Ideally Imo hopes to develop one of our buildings here at the Land in order that we can use it as a base and resource centre for this project in the future.

Contact us to find out more about this project.

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