Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement - Mobile Science Van

Project Brief: Mobile Science van to improve the teaching of Science in area high schools
Project Type: Other (description)
Primary Focus: creating resources (description)

Secondary Focus: other

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Boston/MIT
Status: current / ongoing
Project Steward: Melli Annamalai
Project Partner(s): Praveen Kumar
Other Contacts:
Project Address: , Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement,Hanchipura Road,Saragur,
KARNATAKA  571121
Tel: 91-8228-265412/265413
Stewarding Chapter: Boston/MIT
Dec 2016Boston/MITUSD 12125
Dec 2015Boston/MITUSD 15003
May 2015Boston/MITUSD 7756
Nov 2014Boston/MITUSD 6548
Dec 2013Boston/MITUSD 12978
Dec 2012Boston/MITUSD 13350
Feb 2012Boston/MITUSD 12952
Apr 2011Boston/MITUSD 6770

Total = $87482

The teaching of science has some major challenges in the high schools in this area. One, though the curriculum includes a description of various experiments there are no labs or lab equipment in the area government high schools. Two, there are often not enough teachers to handle all the Science classes, especially given that the enrollment is increasing in these high schools.

The Mobile Science Van (Vignana Vahini) aims to support government school teachers with the necessary raw materials and equipment to demonstrate and facilitate experiential learning of Science. A vehicle with raw material and equipment such as chemicals, demonstration kits etc., visits schools where the teachers can use the materials. In addition trained people travel with the van to help the teachers teach their Science classes.

The project started with 18 government schools and two people who travel with the van. The schools are visited approximately once a month.

Improve the teaching of Science in area high schools.
Encourage a cuture of scientific thinking.

Swami Viveka Youth Movement (SVYM) started in 1984 to impact the life of the poor and the marginalized. Their area of work is HD Kote taluk in Mysore district in Karnataka. Their many projects include several education projects (Viveka Tribal Center of Learning), VTTRC (a D.Ed institute with an emphasis on training tribals in teaching), VSOE (Viveka School of Excellence), Vidya Kiran and Sikshana Vahni to address various needs in education in the area.

They also have a lot of health activities including a large hospital in Saragur.