QUEEN’S ROAD: Merry-go -Learn, a unique teaching programme, recently hosted the Science Carnival that saw a turnout of over 250 students and parents. The star attractions was an air-show.
The students who participated in the event came from schools like St. Paul's English, Vibgyor High and BGS and took part in several experiments and learning sessions.
“What do plants breathe?” the question echoed in Capitol School Ground on the sunny Sunday afternoon. And students dazzled one and all with answers like, “Plants like humans breathe in oxygen, and breathe out carbon dioxide. It’s only during photosynthesis that plants give out much more oxygen and take in carbon dioxide.”
Children took part in several experiments, like the one involving dry-ice where they experienced sublimation, a process in which solid state can be changed into gas, without having to undergo the state of being a liquid. The ‘Genie in the Bottle’ experiment became the talk of the event with magical visual effects.
The facilitators later explained to the curious spectators how hydrogen peroxide had chemically decomposed and produced such an illusion. Children also learnt and understood how sound is produced practically when they were asked to touch their throats as they made sounds.
A few of them also built balsa wood gliders with flights powered by rubber bands.
“Teaching science to children in itself is a challenge. Making it simple in order to help children understand it and apply it in their lives is close to impossible. Today’s event made all this possible,” said a visitor.
“Parents these days look for more than text-book learning for their children, this is what our team focuses on. We facilitate the child to develop an inquisitive, rational mind, while learning Science and Math in an experiential fun manner,” says Nazia Fathima, who is a facilitator and the content manager for the team.
"We try to help the child to understand the concept deeply and make sure she has got it right. We help the child relate to the concept learnt and also to incorporate it in his/her daily life and use it when necessary. With our unique hands-on experiential methodology, we are able to bridge the gap of what the child learns at school in theories and how he/she can apply it in daily life,” said Usha Krishnamurthy, the centre manager at Merry go Learn.
The air-show witnessed three remote controlled aircrafts. The tri-copter, helicopter and a plane, designed exclusively by AMAI - certified students of Jain University, Dhruv and Anjan who left the audience awestruck with acrobatics like loops, rolls and hover.