Gadgets make teaching Science simple and fun
The Science class in Anthony Claret School in the city is abuzz. Children are learning about photosynthesis. They have in their hands a gadget that beeps when it touches a leaf where photosynthesis is on. Every time there is a beep, there is a round of cheer around. Teaching of Science in some classrooms is changing with efforts to explore the subject better. A Bengaluru-based startup is helping in this endeavour in several schools in the country today. Started by a couple of IIT and IIM graduates, who were tired of their MNC jobs, Experifun designs and develops low cost Science gadgets that can be used in classrooms. The gadgets, uncomplicated and non-flashy, can be used by teachers to explain concepts faster, make learning interesting and inculcate the habit of questioning in children. “We studied in a government school in a smallBihar village. We hardly had any solid teaching in Science there. We know what will work in a place like that. We want the product to reach such schools,” said Rakesh Kumar, founder. The two-year-old startup has created 22 gadgets on various Science topics for classes 6 to 10 and will add six more soon. The team comprises 10 people, including professionals, who have worked in universities abroad. An IIT-IIM graduate, Rakesh has 15 years of work experience in corporate sector. Vivek Pandey, the cofounder, is an electrical engineer from IIT and has 13 years of experience. “When I interact with schools, I find teaching is completely text-based with little practical knowledge. For a lesson on light, the lab uses gadgets like lens that are 15 years old. We decided to create something innovative,” said Rahul Kundu, a team member.