Infosys Science Foundation and Agastya International Foundation Launch Mobile Science Labs

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BANGALORE: Taking its Teachers’ Training program to the next level, the Infosys Science Foundation (ISF), in partnership with the Agastya International Foundation (AIF), today inaugurated Mobile Science Labs designed to spur curiosity and creativity among students, and make learning an interactive experience.

The mobile lab was flagged off by Srinath Batni, Trustee, Infosys Science Foundation, in the city today. The lab will carry science models to schools across educational districts in the State and allow children to have a hands-on learning experience, while beholding the mystical experience of Science as it unfolds.

Speaking during the inauguration, Batni said, “The Infosys Science Foundation aims to instil and restore the love for Science from a young age. Our partnership with the Agastya International Foundation is an endeavour to introduce students to various educational concepts through imaginative and creative experiments. This will help open up vistas of learning that kindle curiosity in their minds. We hope such initiatives will help us eliminate the vaccum in our education system that is caused by insufficient infrastructure and inadequate access to experiential learning. In order to breathe life into science education, schools need to provide functional labs to students, and the ISF mobile science labs are a step forward in this direction.”

The Infosys Science Foundation has instituted Gnanadeepa, a program to transform the education system at the grassroots level, by empowering teachers and pre-service teachers with creative teaching frameworks that can help them engage students. As part of Gnanadeepa, the Infosys Science Foundation has been conducting teachers training in Karnataka since 2014. Focused on a constructivist approach in hands-on training for teachers in government schools in the State, the program aims to provide teachers with tools and methodologies to explain concepts innovatively, encourage curiosity, and promote experiential learning in classrooms. Last year the foundation trained 640 teachers from government schools across all 34 districts in Karnataka. This year, 567 teachers from Kodagu, Chamrajanagara, Kolar, and Tumkur districts have been trained through this program. Around 380 pre-service teachers (from B. Ed and D. Ed courses) have also been trained.

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