Learn rocket sci­ence, ro­bot­ics the fun way at sum­mer camps

IN­NO­VA­TIVE Clubs fo­cus on mak­ing sci­en­tific con­cepts eas­ier for chil­dren through work­shops

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sengupta sang­hami­tra.sengupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

If your child doesn’t want to sweat it out this sum­mer with phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties, sci­ence comes to the res­cue. Var­i­ous sci­ence clubs and or­gan­i­sa­tions are host­ing a va­ri­ety of camps for chil­dren.

For those fas­ci­nated with the as­tron­omy, a one-day work­shop ‘Young As­tro­nauts’ by Hands on Learn­ing in Nerul on April 30 is a must. The work­shop is for chil­dren be­tween six and nine years.

“In most schools, sci­ence is taught in way that chil­dren end up rote learn­ing con­cepts with­out un­der­stand­ing them,” said Pooja Dwivedi, or­gan­iser of the event.

“Dur­ing the work­shop, we will take the chil­dren through an imag­i­nary jour­ney through the so­lar sys­tem with the help of ex­per­i­ments, hands-on games and an­i­mated videos. We also have a Sci­ence Magic work­shop com­ing up in May,” she added.

NASA-cer­ti­fied or­gan­i­sa­tion Mad Sci­ence is con­duct­ing a work­shop at Vashi by from May 2 to 22 for chil­dren be­tween the ages eight and 13. The two-week long pro­gramme will in­clude ses­sions on so­lar sys­tem, at­mos­phere and be­yond, space tech­nol­ogy and rocket sci­ence among oth­ers.

“The work­shop in­cludes project ses­sion dis­plays at the end. Each par­tic­i­pant will be given a cer­tifi­cate of achieve­ment from NASA,” said Bhavya Manepalli, co-or­gan­iser of the event.

While UK Kids in Vashi is or­gan­is­ing two sci­ence camps with the ti­tle Sci­ence Ut­sav. The first camp, called ‘Kiddo Sci­en­tist’, from April 11 to 15 is meant for chil­dren in the age group of four to eight years.

Chil­dren will learn a host of things in­clud­ing LED Kalei­do­scope, mag­nets, chem­istry and mis­sile launch­ers. The sec­ond camp is called ‘Eureka In­ven­tors Sci­ence Camp’ for chil­dren from nine to 12 years from May 9 to 20. Chil­dren will be taught to build a ta­ble fan and fric­tion­less car.

“Through Sci­ence Ut­sav, we are aim­ing to make the chil­dren learn sci­en­tific con­cepts in a fun way,” said Nazia Sayy­eed, or­gan­iser of the camps.

Another such camp to look for­ward to is a se­ries of work­shops by Tech Shik­sha Sci­ence Club which will hold four work­shops on April 10, 17 and 24 and May 1, each for a dif­fer­ent age group. From ro­bot­ics to hack­ing and pro­gram­ming, chil­dren will learn prac­ti­cal us­age of sci­ence.

Amit Modi, founder of Tech Shik­sha Sci­ence Club, said, “We have started our labs in Nerul and Pan­vel now apart from the ex­ist­ing ones in Vashi and Kharghar. The work­shops will be held at all the cen­tres. The sci­ence and ro­bot­ics club is for young in­ven­tors who want to learn fun­da­men­tals of sci­ence. The elec­tron­ics club is for be­gin­ners who want to de­velop an ap­ti­tude in elec­tron­ics and the Ar­duino club is for peo­ple who are more pas­sion­ate about elec­tron­ics.”

Navi Mum­bai Sci­ence Foun­da­tion (NMSF) will also con­duct its an­nual work­shop for Homi Bhabha Young Sci­en­tists Award Ex­am­i­na­tion on 16 con­sec­u­tive Sun­days start­ing May 8. Sci­en­tists from BARC and Homi Bhabha Cen­tre for Ed­u­ca­tion will be teach­ing sci­ence to chil­dren in a non-tex­tual man­ner. NMSF will also hold demon­stra­tion ses­sions of ex­per­i­ments at schools and hous­ing so­ci­eties.

“The idea be­hind our ses­sions is to make sci­ence in­ter­est­ing for stu­dents,” said AM Bha­gawat, chair­man of NMSF.

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