ThinkTac offers Experiential science programmes, face-to-face and online, providing materials and resources to create, experiment, tinker, innovate and kinaesthetically learn science. The programmes are hands-on and aligned to the curriculum of III-X Standards of ICSE, CBSE and Karnataka State Boards.
Our programmes are being used by leading schools such as the Doon School, Dehradun; Valley School, Bangalore; Shiv Nadar School, Noida; Delhi Public School, Bangalore and the National Public School, Bangalore. We are pleased to introduce TACLab, a place where children in a community can come to Make, Observe and Explore to learn science. We welcome you to join the hands-on, experiential science movement by partnering with us.
Who is eligible?
A Teacher with 2+ years-experience in teaching, having a good network in the local community is the ideal partner for us. The Teacher maybe working in a school and/or offering tuitions.
While a science background is preferable, we offer extensive curricular support including detailed lesson plans and resources that can be used by non-science teachers to prepare for an upcoming session.
There is no investment or special infrastructure required and you can operate the TACLab from the living room of your home / apartment.
How are ThinkTac Programmes Different?
ThinkTac offers a hands-on, experiential science programme where children learn science by making working models and experiments. We offer Curriculum Aligned programmes and Theme programmes. Here are a few key features:
- Alignment to the board curriculum from III to X. We have 250 Activities and another 150 under development that cover 80% of the NCERT III-X science curriculum.
- Deliberately designed to use simple materials, requiring hands-on “think and tinker”, developing problem solving skills.
- Engineered for exploration, allowing children to use materials to do 3-5X more variations in each activity.
- Educator facilitated with certified educators leading the child on their path of discovery.
- Extensive content repository that is endorsed by Diksha, the National Teacher Platform of the Government of India.
- The programme has been validated by The Valley School (KFI), Bangalore; Shiv Nadar School, Noida and The Doon School, Dehradun.
- Over 42,000 children and 12,000 teachers have benefitted from ThinkTac programmes.
- ThinkTac supports over 20,000 students in Government schools as part of its TAC for TAC initiative.
What does a TACLab Do?
The TACLab is the antithesis of a lab, it can be setup and run anyplace a child finds accessible. The TACLab will offer the following hands-on, experiential science programmes:
- Theme Programmes that cover a specific topic in-depth. We are offering Nine Themes this summer – Force and Motion, Acids and Bases, Sound, Electricity and Magnetism, Light, Animal Movement, Respiration and Circulation, Electricity and Matter. Each Theme has 10-12 TACtivities. Theme programmes are offered during the summer holidays and in a 1-2-week period.
- Annual Programmes – Annual programmes are mapped to the curriculum of different Boards, including CBSE, ICSE and several State Boards. We offer the Ignite variant with 10-12 TACtivities and Lite with 20-22 TACtivities. Annual Programmes are aligned with the academic calendar and are conducted on weekends.
- Raman Awards – Become a champion in the community for science outreach and encourage children and teachers to participate in the Raman Awards, the Hands-on Science Awards that is jointly organised by ThinkTac with Sir C.V.Raman’s Trust.
What is the Pedagogy followed?
ThinkTac programmes follow a modified Kolb’s pedagogy. The five-step process for each of the topics covered includes:
- TACtivity Making – After an ice-breaker that creates interest in the topic, the child makes a working model or experiment.
- Observation – The second step is “play” where the child plays with the TACtivity and records these observations.
- Exploration – The child is encouraged to make variations of the TACtivity and explore using their creations. The exploration involves additional observations and is generally carried out at home as an assignment.
- Reflection – The reflection involves recollecting the observations the children have made and also discussing examples from their daily lives.
- Connecting the dots – This final stage builds on the reflection to explain the theoretical concepts.
The ThinkTac programmes are not a replacement for the science class in school, but are a supplementary offering and help the child understand the concepts deeply. In addition, the TACtivities are designed to develop several cognitive skills including problem solving, critical thinking and creative thinking.
What is my Role?
ThinkTac is offering opportunities for Educators to setup TACLabs. All it needs is 25 sq.m of space, No Special Infrastructure and No Other Investment. The table below describes the role of the partner and that of ThinkTac.
|Infrastructure||Electronic infrastructure for content sharing, assessments etc.||25 sq.m (250 sq.ft) of space that can accommodate 10-20 children.|
|Programme Design||Design of Programme and the Pedagogy. Development and testing of TACtivities, materials etc|
Creating content for Educators and Training of Educators.
|Undergoing training and staying abreast of content, tools and techniques required by the programmes offered.
Providing Feedback, where necessary.
|Marketing and Sales||Social media marketing of programmes and passing qualified leads to Partner|
Providing electronic copies of collateral for use in sales.
|Creating awareness in the community by various means. Running targeted sales campaigns.
Following up on the leads provided by ThinkTac and converting them
|Material Kits||Design, Manufacture and Shipping||Provisioning to the students|
|Programme Delivery||Support to the Educator by:|
• Clarifying doubts
• Feedback on completed TACtivities (initially)
• Ideas on pedagogy and delivery
• Active support based on assessments
|Delivery of programme to students as per the lesson plan provided by ThinkTac.
Running assessments to capture the progress of children.
Nurturing relationship with the students and their parents
What are the Benefits I accrue?
The Partner is not required to make any investment in infrastructure or franchisee fees. The only payment to be made to ThinkTac will be based on the agreed revenue share, after the partner enrols students.
The earning from the summer holiday season alone is likely to be in the region of Rs. 50,000 and a successful partner can receive a consistent income of Rs. 20,000 a month from a TACLab.
There are additional opportunities of offering your services to facilitate the programmes in nearby schools and also for our online students.
Apart from this, the programmes lead to improvement in your skills, especially in engaging children. We are sure that an engaged child will offer many more revenue opportunities.
What are the Next Steps?
Here are the steps to partner with us and setup a TACLab in your community:
- Apply to Start a TACLab – Visit here fill a short form let us know you are interested in opening a TACLab. The form will not take more than 10 minutes to fill and our partner team will get in touch with you after they review the form.
- Get Certified – Select your preferred date for the online training when you apply for a TACLab in Step 1. You can alternatively register for our 3-day training conducted at Sir C.V.Raman’s old home in Bangalore. Please note that you will need to complete assignments after the training and submit it to get certified.
- Sign-up – After you apply to start the TACLab, our partnership team will be in touch with you and collect more information and help you work out the details. We will then send you a partnership agreement to be executed.
- Create Awareness – We will help you get started with customised collateral, that will enable you to create awareness within your community. In due course, we will start providing you leads from the social media campaigns that we run.
- Get Started – The First Batch should get started within 2 weeks from you applying to us and we hope to enjoy a long a beneficial partnership with you.
We know this is a long email, but hope you have found it informative. We invite you to click on the link below as the first step of starting a TACLab.