Within the school schedule, Ekya plans outbound programs that include field trips, picnics and educational tours. Our outbound program for 2017-2018 academic year is as listed below:
It Began with the Sun
Students visit the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium as part of the Grade 5 curriculum to learn about the Sun and the Solar System. This two day experience will also feature a study on the various constellations and includes a presentation, a quiz and a round of Q & A.
Medieval South India – Nandi Village
Curated to compliment the Grade 6 Social Science curriculum, this trip highlights the medieval history of Karnataka. Students visit the Bhoganandishwara temple in Nandi Village, built under royal patronage of several prominent South Indian kingdoms such as Cholas, Hoysalas and Vijayangara. With this, students take a look at the social, political and cultural aspects of Medieval India.
My City, My Heritage – Namma Bengaluru
This tour covers history of Bengaluru from period 800 CE to 1800 CE. Our students explore the origins of the city, battles and historical events that helped shape it. They find answers to questions on the city’s past – What were the architectural influences of early Bengaluru? What construction materials and tools were used in 18th century Bengaluru? Children visit the Bangalore Fort and Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace and get to keep a copy of the oldest map of Bengaluru as a souvenir. They get to study maps, paintings, relief sculptures and architecture of these monuments as we revisit history.
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.
Birds around Bangalore
‘Birds around Bangalore’ is an outdoors experience that takes place by Nandi Hills with the aim of helping our students learn more about the birds found in Bangalore. Led by naturalists with years of experience in Wildlife Conservation and Sanctuary tours, our students will be taught how to identify different birds and observe their behaviour. A Question and Answer session will also be arranged where children can engage with the experts.
Janapada Loka – Cultural Heritage
Through this visit, our students are introduced to the concept of heritage and its importance. They get to experience how people lived before the advent of technology, how human ingenuity has helped with mankind’s progress and thus bring a sense of appreciation for the arts. Students visit 3 museums within the Janapada Loka campus led by experts on Karnataka’s cultural heritage. Here, they get a glimpse of the different regional dance forms, musical instruments and games. They are also shown common agricultural practices and techniques from professions like pottery, oil milling and blacksmiths. An audio-visual show is arranged that explains the different art forms from the state. A live show is organized for the students by tribal performers.
In 2015, 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, the local post office, fire station, Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Good Bread Factory, Butterfly park, and the Rainwater Harvest theme park.