This summer, keep your children engaged as they perform hands-on experiments and explore science concepts from the comfort of your home. As the world locks down – unprecedented in living memory – and children as well as parents are forced to stay indoors, what better than to get into the thick of things and learn some science in the bargain? While the world pins its hopes on its scientists to come up with a solution to the present crisis, you can do your bit by inculcating a sound scientific temper among the next generation. Come, join us for a summer of hands-on fun-filled science activities, conducted fully from the safety of your home!
unLab: Open Themes (Household Material)
4 Day programme: Orientation and one activity per day
3 hours of facilitated group discussion on a video call
Downloadable DIY guides and digital observation sheets
Small cohorts, up to a maximum of 15 children
Unlimited WhatsApp mentoring during the workshop week
Rs 150 coupon for next purchase on completing a theme**
#Money-back in case the child is unable to find required materials at home ** Students have to share a photo of completed activity and submit their observation table
We have researched and developed the “Tactile Activities” (TACtivities) that have been used and loved by more than 1 lakh students across the country as a part of their classroom curriculum. We provide unprocessed material in raw form to children. Children make before they start playing with the science models and experiments. Having made the TACtivities from scratch with their own hands, children develop a sense of ownership and feel empowered to make the models again. Most often, as children make and explore these TACtivities further, they tend to change a few variables (which may or may not have a functional impact), either consciously or subconsciously. This leads to exploration and learning, which happen in an organic manner, for each child.
Children are encouraged to make suggested variations, as well as innovations they come up with, and fill in an observation sheet to record their findings. A one-on-one discussion with a ThinkTac facilitator is then available, to guide the child through a path of self-discovery, connecting the dots to theory, reinforcing concepts and providing both anecdotes and real-life examples connected to the TACtivity and the underlying concept(s).
You may choose from a host of programmes we have on offer: CBSE and ICSE curriculum-aligned TACtivities for standards III-X, as well as a host of Theme-based programmes. You may choose 4, 6 or 10-TACtivity packages for your child. Look at our comprehensive list of Summer Offerings, and Sign Up Now!
*Household material not included #Duration based on package purchased
ThinkTac follows the four stages of Kolb’s experiential learning model, delivering deep conceptual clarity and cognitive skills.
ThinkTac is a social enterprise offering curriculum aligned, hands-on, experiential science programmes, face-to-face & online, providing materials & resources to create, experiment, tinker, innovate and learn science, inculcating scientific temper & improving cognitive skills. ThinkTac offers extensive digital content ensuring deep conceptual understanding while children have fun and engage with science. Programmes cover Physics, Chemistry and Biology for I – X Standards across CBSE, ICSE and several state boards.
ThinkTac currently works with over 35,000 children across schools in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Goa and Maharashtra. Some of India’s premier schools including the Valley School (KFI), Ekya Schools, Shiv Nadar Schools, Sishu Griha and the Delhi Public School have incorporated our programme into their pedagogy.
The activities, addressing specific concepts, are designed using simple, generally repurposed material. Each child makes 10-54 working models and experiments in an academic year, with each session lasting about 90 minutes. The child continues the exploration by making observations and building variations that are leveraged to achieve a deep conceptual understanding. The material selection and processes are designed to improve hand skills in the 5-9 year age-group and develop problem solving and creative thinking in older children.
The programme is supported by comprehensive content that includes printed guides, worksheets, making videos, digital manipulatives* and concept specific resources. ThinkTac offers extensive support for the implementation by school teachers including training, lesson plans and associated content like ice breakers and connecting the dots. A selection of the content can be seen at www.tactivity.in, www.youtube.com/thinktac and www.diksha.gov.in.
Teacher empowerment is central to the ThinkTac programme delivery. The empowerment commences with a structured training programme, followed by personalised support and mentorship from a virtual coach. Technology and extensive digital content ensure effective preparation before a session. Back-office processing of the worksheets sheets offers actionable analytics and individualised remedial support to teachers. Content co-creation, showcasing opportunities and recognition motivates teachers.
ThinkTac has been recognised by the Government of Karnataka amongst the top 100 innovative start-ups. We work closely with several partners including the RRI Trust (founded by Sir C.V.Raman) on various outreach initiatives like the Raman Young Science Innovator Award that has seen over 13,000 participants registering for the 2019 edition.