Workshops on process-based learning were organized in Kurukshera from December 4 to 7 in which senior students of local SMB Gita Senior Secondary School, Gita Niketan, Government Girls senior Secondary School and Seth Tek Chand Memorial public School participated. In these workshops, at least 250 students took part and found the experience rewarding.
In these workshops the sessions on nature and type of sciences, processes of science, diagram making, language of science and low-cost science activities were organized. The resource persons for these workshops were the former professor of physics, Prof D. R. Vij, Kurukshetra University and this citizen journalist (Dr. Lalit Kishore).
During the workshop, participants had a feel for the processes of science like identification of attributes of objects, finding out, experimentation, verification, hypothesis testing, investigating, inferring etc. Also, the distinction between science, engineering and technology were clarified through the activities in material science and making things.
The nature of science was linked to its attributes of objectivity, verifiability and dynamism. Three types of sciences were explained as hard sciences, soft sciences and pseudo-sciences. Students were advised to avoid pseudo-sciences and belief thinking.
Science activities on sound, static electricity and waves were organized with readily available materials. Visual symbols and diagram making as line drawings of two-dimensional figures as representation of reality was demonstrated.
Dr. Vij emphasized the informal learning through academic clubs like IT and robotics clubs and learning expeditions.