The collaboration with AMC (Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation) was struck to make middle school ( Classes 6-8 ) science and math hands-on, conceptual and joyous. Project Spark is meant to ignite the curiosity of children by exposing them to a plethora of low-cost science and mathematics toys and activities which can be made using everyday materials and inspire them in STEM.
Last one year has been very productive, focused and result oriented. We were given one classroom of grade 7 in 7 Schools from different zones [Nava Vadaj Hindi-1, Mahatma Gandhi -1, Shahpur Urdu School-5, Bardolpura – 1, Baheramapura – 1, Purusottam Nagar – 1, Bapunagar – 3]
We took 2 hour sessions each week at each school, conducting a total of 276 hours of inspiring sessions. 200+ students attended these sessions regularly. 35+ Science and Math teachers of that school and of another 2 schools also came during our sessions. Our sessions were mainly activity-based and interactive. We focused on engaging students as much as possible and kept the blackboard work as little as possible. We had regular interaction with teachers and shared ideas.
We took a Pre-test and a ‘Post-test’ for this project which shows promising results. We were very proud to see students improve and perform very well in ‘Post-test’. Almost all the students did extraordinarily great in activity-based assessment part of the ‘Post-test’