NIT makes pupils connect with science

Panaji: The National Institute of Technology (NIT), Goa, shared its expertise in the field of science with school students and teachers from across Goa, recently, by way of a workshop. The institute tried to create an interest in science by demonstrating simple experiments to prove basic scientific theories.

NIT Goa has become a part of the Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan (RAA), a government of India initiative that sees prestigious national institutes encouraging the learning of science and mathematics in schools in its neighbourhood.

Of the 150 participants from across Goa that attended the NIT workshop, 30 were teachers and rest students of classes VIII to XI. The two-day workshop held on April 15 and 16 was the first by NIT Goa since the launch of RAA in the institute on January 26 this year.

The aim of the workshop ‘understanding science through experiments’ was to expose participants to experimental knowledge in science by way of demonstrations that will enable them to understand the fundamentals in a very simple way. An interesting aspect of these experiments was that they involved no expenditure and were performed by using waste material available at home.

The workshop was conducted by Ajay Mahajan from Dayanand Science College, Latur, and Jitendra Singh from defence research and development organisation (DRDO), Hyderabad. They have organised more than 100 such workshops across India. Both experts are members of Anveshika, an Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) initiative to teach students and teachers physics experiments to promote demonstration-based teaching and activity-based learning.

NIT Goa has so far adopted four government schools across Goa in consultation with the state government, with one primary aim being promotion of science, mathematics and technology (SMT) education in schools.

The four schools are Government High School, Sadar, Ponda, Government High School, Aquem, Vidyanagar, Margao, Government High School, Kundaim, Ponda, and Government High School, Alto Betim, Porvorim.