This startup makes learning fun for city's schoolchildren

This startup makes learning  fun for city's schoolchildren
Students from several private schools now have hands-on experience in all science subjects through practical sessions arranged by a city-based startup.

Science Hopper provides even primary school students a platform to conduct experiments based on the curriculum given by schools to help them understand subjects better. Be it physics, mathematics, chemistry or arts, students get to learn subjects the fun way.

At the Modern English School in RT Nagar, a group of students were seen performing science experiments. While the counterparts of these Class V students in most other schools have no access to labs, these students enjoy a hands-on experience of chemistry experiments.

The hydrogen peroxide, yeast and soap experiment was something that Harsha, a Class VII student said he would not forget. For him, learning chemical reactions was made simple in his classroom-turned-lab.

In Clarance School, students learnt how to identify blood groups with a simple lab experiment this year. In another private school, students were taught to make biodegradable plastic. The training that Science Hopper offers is plenty.

“Our aim is to bring the lab into the classroom. These modules are based on either the school syllabus or what the school demands,” said Supriya D, one of the founding members of the startup.

While the school is expected to provide space to conduct experiments, Science Hopper would provide logistics and coaches. Students pay an additional Rs 800 to Rs 1,000 annually for this. “There are several schools that do not have labs. We target these schools,” added Supriya.
 
Speaking to DH about the startup, founder Gayathri Shanmugam said that having taken a break from a corporate career, she wished to start something on her own. “The moment of truth was when I saw my son excited doing some experiment with his father. It raised a question in my mind as to why science was being taught like that in schools. Hence, I thought that every child should get an opportunity to see what is best.”

The startup now operates in 12 schools covering 5,000 children in Bengaluru, Chennai and in Trichy. This is their second academic year. While a few coaches are trained teachers, others are mothers who have taken a break from their careers. “Mothers become natural teachers as they connect with children well. They are trained to teach in schools,”  she said.
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