Programs: Through innovative core programs Agastya ignites that initial spark of curiosity in a child. This occurs in our labs, where teachers trained in our hands-on method excite students about science, art, and mathematics. While certain programs support the teachers, and others assist remedial students and dropouts, all are surrounded by the ecology classroom on our Kuppam campus.
List of Current Programs:
Camps@Campus: Agastya has programs for children and young adults from affluent city schools, as well as the core programs that were begun for the rural children. Students from Mumbai have come for exposure to the natural beauty of South India.
iCommunity: A mobile lab, outfitted with solar power and digital equipment, comes together with ancient folklore, rural arts, and village life to demonstrate connections and instill a respect for the environment through knowledge and understanding.
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.
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.
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.
Art@Agastya: If it’s about science, then why art? Because both develop keen observation skills, and integrated learning allows children to be children, learning through their curiosity.
iMobile: Introducing poor children to the digital world, even where interruptions to electricity are common, and English is not the first language. Basic skills improve their learning.
Innovation Fairs: To foster scientific curiosity among students, and provide a platform to exhibit their knowledge and passion for science these fairs offer unique interaction with their peers.
Lab-on-a-Bike: Mobile Labs become defter by putting them on two wheels to reach schools where roads are washed out or up narrow lanes. Teacher and driver are one. The lab is ultra compact.
Media Arts Lab: Agastya’s strength is in its simplicity. It draws us in. Through technology, ideas and methods can be recorded and disseminated to benefit more children and more teachers.
Performing Arts Center: Performing arts at Agastya connect rural children to their heritage, to the earth, and to their own creative interests and talents. Professional artists also visit campus.
Science Fairs: Many children and teachers have fun with science brought by Mobile Labs and on the campus, but how to expose more of them? Agastya’s Science Fairs are a resounding success!
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.
Maja Box: The Maja Box promotes discovery through exploration, for children 7-11 years old. A box for the home, the child cares for the items, to return again with a joy of learning.