How to reach so many children?

We use Mobile Labs, science fairs and peer teaching to reach the millions.

Mobile Labs: The challenge: In a country as vast as India, with varied and difficult terrain, where many of the country’s poorest children live and attend school in remote areas, how do you reach them? Agastya has a network of Mobile Labs, which deliver science lessons and models to these children. Lab-in-a-Box and Lab-on-a-Bike are other innovative delivery methods. READ MORE.

 

Low Cost: Many principles of science are simple and examples of this surround us. With this in mind, Agastya set out to make science experiments and models out of inexpensive, everyday materials – another way in which Agastya has made science accessible to poor children, and possible for them to replicate at home. READ MORE.

 

Science Fairs: When word of an Agastya science fair spreads, children come from near and far. They come on foot or by the busload. An Agastya science fair is colorful, crowded, and exciting! Children are exposed to working models they can see and touch. They learn about scientific principals. And chances are very good that they will be taught by students their own age. READ MORE.

 

Science Centers: Science centers function as hubs, where models and experiments are exhibited for visitors. Mobile Labs act as spokes, reaching out to students and teachers in more remote areas. READ MORE.

 

Peer Teaching: When you have a science fair planned, and learn that ten times the children you expected will be attending, what do you do? Agastya turned to older students with leadership skills and a knack for science. Each was trained on a specific experiment or model, so that they all were well versed and able to instruct children and answer their questions. READ MORE

Lab-in-a-Box

Lab-in-a-Box

It isn’t possible to pay frequent visits to every village school. Enter Lab in a Box. Each one is a treasure chest, packed with all the equipment for making hands-on science experiments a regular part of the school curriculum.

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Operation Vasantha

Operation Vasantha

Despite the concerted efforts of the Indian government and its NGO partners, many poor children drop out of school for the simple reason that if they don’t work, they don’t eat. Agastya trains tutors who work with many village children.

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Teacher Training

Teacher Training

Agastya provides teacher training and serves as a lab for refining effective teaching methods and teacher-training strategies. Some teachers understand for the first time the science behind concepts they had taught only by rote.

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“What is unique and exemplary about Agastya is that instead of an organization available for students who are seeking additional science learning, it reaches out to the rural, uninitiated masses to inculcate interest in science by going to their door.” ~ Professor M.A. Ramaswamy

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