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,
Tel: 91-8228-265412
Stewarding Chapter: Boston/MIT
Dec 2022Boston/MITUSD 11935
Dec 2020Boston/MITUSD 2557
Nov 2018Boston/MITUSD 19050
Nov 2017Boston/MITUSD 16099
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 = $137123

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.

Sep 2022 Virtual site visit
Aug 2022 Proposal - third one is Kodagu Science Van
Aug 2020 Guru Manthan Proposal
Aug 2019 Site visit
Sep 2018 Budget 2018-2019
Sep 2018 New Science Van Proposal
Jul 2018 MobileScienceVan_visit_July2018
Sep 2017 Budget 2017-2018
Jul 2017 Site visit
Nov 2016 Proposal 2016-2017 (expansion to Nanjangud Taluk)
Sep 2016 Site visit
Aug 2016 Library book list
Oct 2015 Updated budget for the year 2015-16
Sep 2015 Budget for 2015-2016
Sep 2015 WAH Proposal
Jul 2015 Site visit
Jul 2015 Maths on Community Radio
Aug 2014 Budget for 2014-2015
Jul 2014 Site Visit
Jun 2014 Financial report
May 2014 Higher Primary School proposal (per school cost)
Sep 2013 Proposal for 2013-2014
Sep 2013 Proposed budget for 2013-2014
Jun 2013 Site visit
Jan 2013 Phase II (Higher Primary School) proposal
Jun 2012 2012 - 2013 updated proposal
Jun 2012 Q&A on updated proposal
May 2012 Books in the science van library
May 2012 April May 2012 Financial report
May 2012 2012 2013 financial proposal
Mar 2012 2012 2013 original financial proposal
Dec 2011 Quarterly report (Oct - Dec 2011)
Oct 2011 Quarterly report (July - Sept 2011)
Aug 2011 Career Fair Concept Note
Jun 2011 Annual Report 2010 - 2011
Jun 2011 Financial report for 2010-2011
Jun 2011 Proposal for 2011-2012
Jun 2011 Budget 2011-2012
Feb 2011 Revised budget for 2010-2011
Jan 2011 January 2011 Site Visit by Amy and Parthiv (pdf)
Jul 2010 Budget for 2010-2011
Jun 2010 Site visit 2010
Jun 2010 Audited expenditure for 2009-2010
May 2010 Audited expenses 2009-2010
Aug 2009 Site visit 2009
Jun 2008 Mobile Science Van Proposal (UPDATED - WAH format)
Apr 2008 Mobile Science Van Proposal
May 1991 FCRA document