|The Pratham Science programme was started in 2005 to stimulate scientific curiosity among middle school children and to reach children in rural India with innovative ways of learning science. It also focuses on new methods that encourage relating science to daily life experiences.
In 2008-09 the Aurangabad district government trained approximately 2,500 government teachers in the activity-based Science learning programme.
In 2009-10 Pratham collaborated with Homi Bhabha Centre of Science Education (HBCSE) to prepare innovative learning material for children and teachers. A programme on astronomy was also piloted in the Yavatmal district of Maharashtra which has now spread across 15 states.
Thousands of children are reached through science clubs, science fairs and community workshops with a common dictum - 'learn by doing'. Performing experiments helps students gain a three-fold advantage. They understand concepts, gain confidence and those inclined towards the subject can further nurture their talent.
The Science Fair is a certified activity in which a selected group of 20-30 children called Balvigyanmitra (friends of science) are trained to perform experiments in front of other children, parents, teachers, and villagers.
These fairs are also a taster to convince schools and villages to establish science clubs registered with VIPNET the official network of science clubs formed by Vigyan Prasar, an organization of the Government of India.