Make, Understand, Excel

In 2015, the Honourable Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, launched the National Skilling Mission on the occasion of the World Skills Day. Recognizing that India needed a skilled work force to be able to benefit from the advantages of demographics, attempts are being made to improve skilling by better coordination and convergence of efforts. Many important projects have been launched in this effort and laudable successes have been achieved. These efforts have concentrated on students in high school (class 9 and above) and colleges.

The National Education Framework also lays emphasis on practical work, especially in the sciences. For a long time, practical work in India has been confined to either watching demonstrations of experiments being performed by the teacher or in learning to carry out detailed instructions given by a teacher. The idea of learning science by exploration is rarely found in Indian curricula.

Indian education also lays very little emphasis on translating learning from theory to practical use. The theorems of geometry and trigonometry remain abstract concepts, with little connection with real life. A student learns about image formation by a convex lens, including the fact that the image of a distant object is real and inverted but is amazed when she holds a lens camera in her hand and observes that the image is inverted!

For many years, Zeal Education has been designing models in science and maths and teaching students and teachers how to make, use and understand them. Model making has several advantages: