Kaathadi YouTube Channel demystifies Science and Maths concepts for rural students

Vidyodaya School at Gudalur within the Nilgiris popularises Maths and Science amongst rural kids by way of movies on Kaathadi, a YouTube channel

How do camels stroll so simply on desert sand? A two-minute video on the YouTube channel Kaathadi provides the reply utilizing a easy experiment. Four equivalent glass bottles taped tightly are positioned on a tray of sand, with some books on high for weight. Though the bottles start to sink in an inverted place, they don’t when positioned upright. “Many concepts in science are difficult to visualise,” says Maya Nathan, useful resource individual of Kaathadi. “The children inferred from the activity that camels’ feet have large surface area, which exerts lesser pressure, and hence their feet don’t sink.”

Over 90 such movies on Kaathadi, in English and Tamil, educate Maths and Science concepts to main and center faculty kids of Vidyodaya School at Gudalur within the Nilgiris. The School, began in 1996 by Viswa Bharati Vidyodaya Trust (VBVT), caters solely to Adivasi kids from Paniya, Bettakurumba and Kattunaikan communities.

“Learning by doing is the best way to understand concepts. We ask children to use any scrap, bottles, broomstick, or balloons that they find in their homes to experiment,” says B Ramdas, founding trustee of VBVT. “Learning should not be confined inside the walls of the classroom. Children going out of the classrooms, exploring the surroundings and performing activities should be encouraged,” he provides.

Children take a look at their balloon boats as part of an exercise
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The Vidyodaya Maths and Science Resource was set as much as popularise the themes amongst rural kids, and finally Kaathadi got here into existence a couple of 12 months in the past.

“Our videos feature on the Tamil Nadu Teachers platform, an e-resource for teachers in Government and Government- aided schools. Some of our videos have been approved for Vidyadaan, for e-resources on Diksha platform of CBSE and State Board Schools,” says Deepak Chandra, useful resource individual of the channel.kids carry wealthy experiences from their setting to the varsity.Kaathadi is an effort to share the most effective practices to rural research centres and different colleges. We be sure that the youngsters repeat the actions at their house

He says in most faculties, topics like Maths and Science are taught in an summary method. “We started with activities and experiments that could be done with easily available low-cost materials. Adivasi and draw conclusions on their own.”

A student participates in an activity to test if air occupies space

A scholar participates in an exercise to check if air occupies area
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All the actions uploaded on the channel have been tried within the faculty camps and then made into movies. Children study concepts like how air occupies area with an exercise utilizing a plastic bottle and balloon. In one of many movies, chickpeas and inexperienced peas are used to show optimistic and damaging integers respectively. Says Maya, “ We follow concrete- pictorial- abstract sequence where the child first learns using objects, then using pictures or drawings and then moves to the abstract method.”

What is central is to get students to query and take heed to them. Deepak provides an instance. “To get started off, we had a lesson on what causes day and night. Once the children understood the earth’s rotation is the reason for change from day to night, they started asking more questions like ‘why does the earth rotate?’ ‘Even if it rotates why don’t we feel it’, ‘what about seasons’?”

To attain out, the movies are actually dubbed in Adivasi languages. Two Adivasi youth: Karalan and Vishnu are at present dubbing Kaathadi movies to Paniya language.

“The school has evolved as an Adivasi school with incorporation of Adivasi history, culture, songs and stories into the school’s curriculum,” says Shanti Kunjan (from Paniya tribe), correspondent, Vidyodaya School. “Children are encouraged to speak their languages.”

Maya says the suggestions has been encouraging. “In pandemic times, where teaching has been pushed to online learning, teachers say that these videos help engage with children.”

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