What
Pratham's Science Learning Program attempts to bridge the gap in learning by providing a platform for children to learn by doing experiments on their own, handle various kinds of apparatus and tools and explore the natural environment. The intervention is designed to stimulate curiosity and help develop a scientific temper not only among children but the community at large.
 
Why
In India, in most schools, usual teaching practices revolve around rote learning rather than hands-on learning. This problem is further magnified while teaching subjects such as science that require innovation, application, creative thought and experiential learning. Additionally, poor infrastructure with regards to Science labs and scarce resources for scientific experiments in government schools further hinder children's progress in learning Science. The National Curriculum Framework 2005 (NCERT) states that the existing Science education in India does not encourage inventiveness and creativity. The situation is more prominent in rural areas.
 
How
The Science Program has several implementation models. First, Science activities are conducted by locally trained youth called 'Vigyan Mitra' (Friends of Science). These young people are trained by Pratham to organize Science Fairs which cover different concepts from upper primary curriculum. Science Clubs are then formed to conduct topic based workshops and sky watching camps. These activities are integrated into Pratham's direct interventions in upper primary grades.

At some locations, to reach the schools which are not very well connected and to cover larger geographical area, a 'Mobile Science Van' well equipped with Science models, telescope, projector, and library books have been provided.

Science Exploratory Centers have been set up in multiple locations around the country. These centers integrate technology with learning, by using tablets and LED TVs with digital content and are equipped with several models to facilitate learning. These centers serve as resource hub for the schools and communities in the vicinity. Science Park, butterfly garden, vermin compost pits etc. have been developed in the Science centers and schools from the nearby villages get their children here for visits and workshops. The centers also reach in the nearby schools and communities by forming Science Clubs.

For conducting workshops, content aligned to the NCERT syllabus is developed in the form of manuals, reading cards and books. A periodical called Pratham Vigyan is published and widely circulated.

The Science Program team also provides content and training support to the Second Chance program in subjects like Science and Home Science. Alliance for Science is the outreach activity which networks with other organizations and individuals interested in popularization of Science. Workshops and fairs are organized under the banner of Alliance for Science.
   
 
Reach and Scale
 
In 2016-17, a total of 302,711 children were reached through science programs running in 5,059 units.
 
Program Bucket Count of units Children reached
Vertical Direct 214 9430
Standalone Direct 243 8081
Standalone and Vertical Indirect 435 45200
Government Partnership 4167 240000
Total 5059 302711
 
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Science Fair/Exhibition
 
Science Fair in a Govt. School in Jadhavwadi
 
Prayas in Bilaspur district HP