Chhote Scientists

Chhote Scientists
Chhote Scientists
KPIT’s Flagship Initiative
An initiative to kindle the basics of Science amongst school going children with the help of “Easy to make” & “fun to learn” Scientific toys
Introduction
Chhote Scientists is a collaborative project by KPIT Technologies and Jnana Prabodhini. It is a community and social initiative to bridge the gap between text book knowledge and real life applications.
Scope
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Scope of this project is to build scientific knowledge and awareness of basic science principles with simple experiments, demonstration and scientific toys, among the students from selected schools around KPIT office at Pune, Bangalore & Mumbai.
Mission
 
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Development of scientific attitude among students
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 Strengthening science fundamentals and principles
 
Vision
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To encourage students to think beyond text books by bridging the gap between theoretical knowledge and real life application.
 
The Initiative
Since 2012, almost 20,000 students have experienced science learning through the Chhote Scientists program, with over 3000 employees having delivered the same through hands-on pedagogy.
Chhote Scientists, made strides in expanding its circle of knowledge sharing to Hubli and Dharward in Karnataka, with Vidya Poshak, a Voluntary Organization, playing the host. 300+ children across 4 schools now stand to benefit from Chhote Scientists program.
Based on KPIT’s model of engaging graduating science students, Jalna College, was taken up as a pilot project. 25 student volunteers delivered 360 sessions across 25 schools of Jalana district, benefiting 1250 students of various local government schools.
To expand the reach of Chhote scientists as a responsible corporate house, KPIT has been extending the boundaries of business partnerships to include social projects as well. So far, Daimler India and Excel Industries Ltd. have come forward in forging a partnership and adopting Chhote Scientists into their Corporate Social Responsibility circles.
Chhote Scientists walk into USA
As part of the CSR activities in Columbus, USA, we kicked-off the Science Learning Event for kids (as an extension of our ‘Chhote Scientist’ initiative in India). There were 15 children between the age group of 10-12 years who participated in the program and created small toys to understand the concepts of Sound. Based on the local requirements, Chhote Scientists is being shaped into an engaging hands-on initiative in USA.
vSolve Competition 2017
vSolve 2017, was the problem solving competition marking the culmination of Chhote Scientists calendar for the year.
This year’s competition in Bengaluru saw all the four Chhote Scientists’ schools participate with enthusiasm and competitive spirit. 42 participants representing 14 teams competed in a science gaming circuit, having to complete four theme-based games, on a timed format. Earlier, children were shortlisted through two rounds of selection process - Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) test and science demonstrations.
The event at Pune saw 180 students across 36 government schools from Maval & Mulashi Tehsil and Pune Municipal Corporation participate in the event. The competition saw participation by schools, wherein Chhote Scientists program was introduced through Daimler India’s CSR program in Pune. The competition also played host to students emerging out of Bharat Forge Ltd.’s Pradnya Vikas program.
The competition was formally inaugurated by Prof. L.S. Sashidhara, Chair of Biology, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune (IISER). Mr. Ravi Pandit, Chairman, Co-founder and CEO, KPIT, along with Mr. Vivek Ponkshe, Secretary (Education), Jnana Prabodhini presided the event. Mr. Pandit interacted extensively with the students to learn about their projects, before handing over the prizes to the winners.
Based on respective problem statements given, class 8 students had to assemble a portable light source with the help of easily available materials like Aluminum cans, battery, LED etc., while Class 9 students had to build a vacuum cleaner making use of pet bottles, DC motor, pipes etc. These events were ably conducted by a strong group of 100+ KPIT volunteers across the venues of Pune and Bengaluru.
The occasion also saw the second volume of Chhote Scientists syllabus being released, conceptualized and designed exclusively by Jnana Prabodhini and KPIT. This is in succession of the release that took place in the first semester of the academic year, wherein the first volume and the Chhote Scientists App was unveiled.
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