Over the last decade, it has been observed that there is a great decline in the interest of students in  pursuing science across the country. After finishing their graduation in science, students tend to go for MCA/MBA instead of pursuing a career in science. The chief reason for this decline is that they don’t get the required motivation/drive due to the conventional manner in which the science is taught. The same is reflected in the India Science Report prepared by National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER).

As per the student’s perspective:
1. Students don’t find science education motivating
2. Equipment used is obsolete
3. The number of students in the class is too many to understand what is being taught in the class.
As per the teacher’s perspective:
1. Inadequate practical training
2. It is a costly and difficult education with limited job opportunities

Therefore, there is a great need that students are exposed to various hands-on activities to develop interest in science starting at the school level itself. Recently, University Grants Commission (UGC) has sanctioned a research project “Investigating science hands-on to promote innovation and research at the undergraduate level” in which the undergraduate students are working on various sensors and data acquisition systems for carrying out experiments in Physics, Electronics, Biology, Chemistry and Biomedical Sciences. As part of the extension of the project, the experiments developed will be demonstrated at various schools. Therefore, students at the school level will be able to carry out various basic to advance level experiments through hands-on using various sensors like gas sensors, conductivity probes, pH probes, charge sensors, current sensors, light sensors, magnetic field sensors, drop counters, dissolved oxygen sensors etc. and data acquisition system LabQuest.

Therefore, it is envisaged that the above studies will be useful as under:
1. It improves students’ understanding of various science concepts.
2. It provides free class time for student engagement in higher-order thinking skills such as analysis, synthesis and evaluation.
3. It encourages inquiry based laboratory activities.
4. It enables students to perform new experiments with measurements which were earlier not possible in the practical laboratories.

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Promoting science at school level through hands-on experiments

Amit Garg   Department of Electronics, Acharya Narendra Dev College, University of Delhi

Avdesh Kumar Singh   Department of Electronics, Acharya Narendra Dev College, University of Delhi

Zameer Khan   Department of Electronics, Acharya Narendra Dev College, University of Delhi

Vaibhav Sharma Reena Sharma   Department of Electronics, Acharya Narendra Dev College, University of Delhi

Vishal Dhingra   Department of Electronics, Acharya Narendra Dev College, University of Delhi

Over the last decade, it has been observed that there is a great decline in the interest of students in  pursuing science across the country. After finishing their graduation in science, students tend to go for MCA/MBA instead of pursuing a career in science. The chief reason for this decline is that they don’t get the required motivation/drive due to the conventional manner in which the science is taught. The same is reflected in the India Science Report prepared by National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER).

As per the student’s perspective:
1. Students don’t find science education motivating
2. Equipment used is obsolete
3. The number of students in the class is too many to understand what is being taught in the class.
As per the teacher’s perspective:
1. Inadequate practical training
2. It is a costly and difficult education with limited job opportunities

Therefore, there is a great need that students are exposed to various hands-on activities to develop interest in science starting at the school level itself. Recently, University Grants Commission (UGC) has sanctioned a research project “Investigating science hands-on to promote innovation and research at the undergraduate level” in which the undergraduate students are working on various sensors and data acquisition systems for carrying out experiments in Physics, Electronics, Biology, Chemistry and Biomedical Sciences. As part of the extension of the project, the experiments developed will be demonstrated at various schools. Therefore, students at the school level will be able to carry out various basic to advance level experiments through hands-on using various sensors like gas sensors, conductivity probes, pH probes, charge sensors, current sensors, light sensors, magnetic field sensors, drop counters, dissolved oxygen sensors etc. and data acquisition system LabQuest.

Therefore, it is envisaged that the above studies will be useful as under:
1. It improves students’ understanding of various science concepts.
2. It provides free class time for student engagement in higher-order thinking skills such as analysis, synthesis and evaluation.
3. It encourages inquiry based laboratory activities.
4. It enables students to perform new experiments with measurements which were earlier not possible in the practical laboratories.

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