At Ekya, we believe that real-life experiences enrich classroom learning. Within the school schedule, Ekya plans outbound programs that include field trips, picnics and educational tours. Following are some of the trips that have been conducted as part of our outbound program:
Learning about the Indian Army at MEG
Students of Ekya Schools had an opportunity to visit Madras Engineering Group (MEG), an engineer group of the Corps of Engineers of the Indian Army. With the motto Sarvatra (Sanskrit: Everywhere) MEG holds a strong history of service to the nation. Our students and teachers who were awestruck by the environment of MEG that was brimming with discipline and patriotism have penned down their experience, detailing the surrounding, culture, gallery, and displays at MEG.
The students of grade 9, 10 and 11 from Ekya School BTM Layout visited the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre(KSNDMC) to learn more about weather and disaster management.
Trip to Sahyadri
The students of Ekya Schools had a fun-filled adventurous trip to the Western Ghats, Sahyadri Inheritance Camp in Kanha Village, Pune. The four days trip was an awesome experience by being with nature under the guidance of the able and competent instructors and learning the skill sets required to be working in groups. Click here to read our blog on the trip to Sahyadri
The NASA Experience
Senior students of Ekya Schools had a wonderful opportunity to experience space travel at NASA Astronaut Training Experience (ATX) Centre. Our students were hosted at the NASA Astronaut Training Experience (ATX) Centre, where they participated in a new mission simulation that included launching, landing and walking on Mars. Click here to read more about Ekya’s visit to NASA.
Educational Tour to Imphal
The recent school trip of our senior students to Imphal (Manipur) was edifying and gave a whole new learning experience. The collaboration with students from D.M College of Sciences on Foldscope project was a great initiative for value sharing of knowledge with other high school students. They presented an open-minded attitude and were wholly receptive to upcoming research and new forms of learning. Click here for an account of the entire experience by our senior students
Remembering Our Heroes
Senior students of Ekya had the wonderful opportunity of visiting the city’s ASC Centre. It was a thrilling experience for the students of Grade IX and X, as they got to interact with members of the army, and witnessed what it takes to be part of the regiment. Playing audience to Col.Sushant’s inspiring stories from various battles and deployment, the children also visited the ASC Museum and honoured our brave soldiers at the war memorial. Click here to read about Ekya’s visit to the ASC Centre here.
Understanding the Weather
Middle school students Ekya paid a visit to the Indian Meteorological Department, to get a comprehensive understanding of how the weather works, and how it is predicted. They were briefed by experts about the effects of temperature and surface winds, how the weather is forecasted and the science behind it all.
Making Science Fun!
Pre-primary students from Ekya Early Years paid a visit to Girias Explorium, where they got to witness how science can be interesting aside from all the playing and fun. They participated in games that revolved around topics like Gravity, Sound and Music instruments, also simulating a hospital experience and a supermarket experience. They got to work with foam blocks to build their own objects – they even laid out a city. The activities did not stop there, as the students tried their hand at glass painting and drawing on sand.
Farm to Table (Thota to Oota)
This farm visit is curated to help our students connect with nature and understand the importance of natural farming. Spread over 10 acres, this dairy focused farm houses only the A2 type cow species – Gir, Hallikar and Malnad. Students will get a hands-on understanding of six areas of the farm – Vegetables, Horticulture, A2 Cows, Bee Keeping, Vermicomposting, Biogas and Natural cycles for fodder. In addition to this, there is a planting activity where children will get an opportunity to try their hand at gardening.
Trips from the past
In 2015, Ekya students went on a 3-day trip to Hampi to learn about the history and archeological significance of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Students engaged in mock excavations and interactions with professors from the Hampi University.
As part of 2014 educational tour, the senior students of Ekya visited the Kennedy Space Center, NASA; the United States Space and Rocket Centre in Huntsville, Alabama; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, and Harvard University. They also attended a workshop at Broadway Theater.
During other field trips, students have visited ISRO, HAL Aerospace, Paramount Biscuit Factory, Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Good Bread Factory, Butterfly Park, the Rainwater Harvest theme park, local post office and the fire station.