ThinkTac offers K-12 Experiential Science Learning programmes that are aligned with the curriculum. ThinkTac offers Annual programmes, Thematic programmes and Workshops. All ThinkTac programmes consist of a series of tactile activities termed as TACtivities™. TACtivities include making toys, experiments – both short and running a few weeks – thought experiments and computer / app based games.
The ThinkTac annual programmes are aligned with the curriculum of a child. The programme is designed to cover over 80% of all topics in the science curriculum with TACtivities and for the remaining, we have carefully curated resources.
The TACtivities are developed after extensive research, with experiential learning pedagogy. In our standard annual programme, the learner is provided a chest of materials for 75 TACtivities in an academic year. The learning is always Educator facilitated, either at School or using the CONTACT platform. The programme operates with a cohort of 15-25 learners and effectively integrates critical life skills. The TACtivity Chests’ material ranges from specific types of straws to Neodymium magnets. The material and processes are carefully designed to encourage “making”, “tinkering” and other forms of tactile activities, and consciously create situations that force the learner to problem solve and think critically and creatively.
The ThinkTac programme is facilitated by Educators using a scaffold approach. The Educator assesses the current capabilities of the learner and provides just enough support to enable the learner to take the next step, building confidence and capability at each step.
The Thematic programmes cover a specific area and aim to develop a deep understanding of the area in the learner. These programmes under development include Astronomy (star gazing), basic electronics (building circuits), 3D printing etc. ThinkTac also conducts workshops that are designed for learners who want to experience experiential learning. Programmes for Mathematics, Engineering, key aspects of Technology and Entrepreneurship will be launched in the coming quarters.
Our mission is to empower every child to engage, enjoy and innovate with science as they learn.
In doing this, we will provide a platform for children to nurture creativity and critical thinking, and test ideas without fear.
With ThinkTac, children will develop a growth mind-set by using their brain and hands to solve problems.
Ravi Rangan S
Ravi Rangan S has been a social entrepreneur for the last 25 years with experience across IT Services, BPO, e-governance, Rural Development and Education domains.
He has led earlier companies to the NASSCOM Innovation Award, Deloitte Technology Fast 50 India and Fast 500 Asia Pacific Award, the Red Herring Top 100 Companies in Asia Award twice and the Legatum FORTUNE Technology award.
He is an Engineer with a Masters in Software Engineering from BITS, Pilani. Ravi is a Founder Trustee of ISPF.
Vishal Bhatt studied Computer Science and joined Synopsys after completing his Masters from IIT Delhi. Vishal worked with Synopsys for 11 years where he experienced systems programming as well as people management.
His urge to explore other areas made him quit Synopsys and join the education domain where he has been working since Jan 2011. He worked on parenting workshops and teacher training programmes at amable Geniekids for 2 ½ years before joining the world of science education at ISPF.
Procheta C.V. Mallik, Ph. D.
Procheta Mallik graduated with Physics Honours, B.Sc. (University of New Hampshire, USA, 2005) and completed his Ph.D. in Astronomy (University of Glasgow, UK, 2009), followed by a year of post-doctoral research.
Upon returning to India, Procheta pursued his passion in science education by doing astronomy popularisation activities for schools such as The Valley School, before joining ISPF at its inception in 2014. He is an avid traveller and classical musician.
VP, EDUCATION SERVICES
Raghu A.P. is a post graduate in Arts and History, and has 23 years of experience in diversified sectors including retail/direct sales, BPO, e-Governance, Non Profits and online education.
His passion is training and capacity building and this has been the common thread across these sectors. For the past 15 years, he has supported strategic goals of the organisations he has worked with by ensuring availability of well-trained human resources – whether the resource requirement was a handful or in thousands.