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Colloquy with Dr. Megha Bhatt, founder of SciKnowTech

17-Apr-2019   Author :   Category : Interview

SciKnowFest is a year-end carnival by SciKnowTech. Under this event, more than 100 projects/concepts/models will be displayed at SciKnowFest at Club Babylon (S.P. Ring Road, Ahmedabad) on 20th April, 7.30 pm onwards.

Kids from Grade 2 to 9 come throughout the year on a weekly basis and grade-wise, where whatever they are learning in the school - curriculum-wise, chapter-wise and concept-wise - is covered not only theoretically but also experimentally in form of field-trips, model-making, experiments, audio-visual, story-telling and experts' intervention. To know more about SciKnowFest, SciKnowTech, and Dr.Megha Bhatt, I had asked her a few questions that go as follows:

1) SciKnowFest is going to display 100 plus science projects, models, games related to Science on Sunday, who are makers of these projects, models, games and what are some of the topics on which projects are made?

Makers are the kids who are part of SciKnowTech's year-long programme. Each and every child makes something creative under my guidance. Subject for each kid is from the textbook / whatever they are learning as per their age/grade. They have designed games for subjects like magnetism, force, light, and sound. For others, either has made a working model or are to display conceptual models.

2) Acknowledging SciKnowFest is a year-long carnival by SciKnowTech, what is the need that was felt by mam to organize such a science-specific festival?

SciKnowTech's main philosophy is "Experiential Learning" and we strongly believe that the learning needs to be showcased in form of some tangible outcome so that kids & parents feel confident of application based learning in form of a perceivable outcome in form of showcasing their creation. It also boosts their confidence in interacting with so huge an audience on a large platform. Usually, in the schools, the child who is good at communication is given an opportunity, but here, each and every child will be speaking and talking about what they have done and learned throughout the process. 

3) Mrs. Bhatt's take on today's education, the education before digital transformation and what does she see that's coming in the field of education?

India as a whole is surely the best in education as far as conceptual learning is concerned. The only part we lack is the experiential part, which leads to enhancing conceptual clarity for sure. Our education system lacks the research attitude even in the children with basically good aptitude. So, inculcating scientific research attitude and giving them an experience surely make them think out of the box, leading to innovation. We strongly believe that in the current digital age also, it is very important for kids to understand pure science concepts as those form the basis of any advanced learning. Our motto is "Exposure to leads to Exploration". So, once should expose their kids to such a unique initiative. 

Dr. Megha Bhatt is a veteran with rich 25-year experience in academics and 10 years in research. She has a strong academic background with a Masters in Botany (Mithibai College, Mumbai) and a Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Environmental Science from ISRO, Ahmedabad. As a scientist, she has accomplished a prestigious project with Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India. Till now within a short span, she has exposed around 21000 kids and 350 teachers to Experiential Science Learning and have done more than 300 workshops in Gujarat, Mumbai, and Kolkata.

For regular information about SciKnowTech’s workshops and courses once can visit their website: www.sciknowtech.com or call on 9825504389.

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