Bangalore A former senior space scientist is all set to start alt39 Sunday Science Schoolalt39 ( SSS) in Karnataka to help children go beyond textbooks, create s and set up home laboratories.

Aimed at children in the 10- 15 year age group,

it would run up to 27 Sundays from July this year to February 2013.

The brain behind the project is Dr. Sujata Virdhe, Director of L Green Ventures, who previously worked with the Indian Space Research Organisation for 23 years in the field of satellite power systems, solar energy and indigenisation of electronic components.

To start with, SSS would be opened in Bangalore, Mysore, Dharwad, Hubli, Mangalore and Udupi.

” My heart always wanted to go back to basic sciences. I have taken voluntary retirement ( from ISRO) to concentrate on my passion”, Sujata, an applied physicist and PhD from Pune University, told PTI here.

At SSS, students are taught to make their own projects.

At the end of the academic session, each student would have a display of the science s and also a small home laboratory. In SSS, a range of activities are included to cover energy, solar car, weather magnetism, biology, chemistry, motors, aero- s and astronomy. ” We arrange all the material for these workshops”, she said.

Participating students complete more than 50 activities in a variety of science subjects and make 22 take- home projects in Level- 1 of the activity, while Levels 2 and 3 cover the entire range of science topics.

Sujata, who has 20 years experience in designing many science education experimentation and do- it- yourself kits for students, said SSS is motivated by the fact that 95 per cent of the knowledge learnt by hands- on- science learning is retained forever in the brain. ” We have a good network of passionate science communicators. We are always on the look out for engineers and professionals who are free on weekends and the educated home- makers and samaritans for communicating science”, she said.

Today parents are attempting to make their children opt for science subjects are faced with more distractions than ever before. Parents often find it difficult to invest their time in doing projects with children.

Dr. Sujata Virdhe

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