Solar power is the most abundant energy and an essential renewable resource. Our term one field trip was to Supreme Solar Projects in Yelahanka. We had an exciting day and learned much about manufacturing solar heaters and other solar-powered products.
We started our journey by bus to the factory and, amidst the traffic, went towards our destination. Our class exchanged jokes and chips during our trip and laughed and sang. A pleasant surprise came as we stopped at a toll booth to see another bus filled with students from CMR. Our class had a jolly time on the bus and a growing curiosity about the place we would visit.
Upon arrival, I saw the immense factory and got off the bus in awe. Our class and the CMR students lined up in batches and entered the factory. The first thing I noticed was the numerous processes and proceedings of the factory. Metals were being cut into strips, circular cutting, cutting by laser and various other things in motion. The guide explained the types of heaters they manufacture- Tube and Panel heaters- and told us about the dimensions and proportions used.
We walked around to see how the tank for the heaters was being made and were explained the procedures around the factory. There were various processes to create a seemingly simple thing. Hole punching, rolling, welding, cutting and setting, leakage testing, sand rupturing, coating, heating, painting, thermal insulation, securing and assembly were all processes shown to us. Seeing how something familiar was manufactured at such a large scale was intriguing.
While my batch was waiting for the other set to finish their tour, I realized that this trip was an extension of our learning in school. We have been learning about renewable resources in Social Science, and solar heaters are a way to harness the monumental energy of the sun in our daily lives. After hearty lunches on our bus, we returned to school in the afternoon heat, feeling the sun’s power again.
This field trip was an informative, fun journey to see how solar heaters are made. I enjoyed going there and was fascinated by the multitude of processes and operations around the factory. This was an excellent extension of our learning at school, and I look forward to more trips like these next term.
(Student of Grade 7A)
Ekya Schools, Byrathi
Prani: The Pet Sanctuary is one of its one-of-a-kind experiential education parks. An initiative of Into the Wild focuses on outdoor experiential education.
Experiential education is the best teaching approach for young minds, enabling them to connect to the natural world. Interactions with nature and animal life will facilitate mindset growth and physical well-being.
This being one of the critical aspects of learning in Ekya Schools, field trips are planned to ensure that students connect with the natural world and expand their knowledge. As part of their field trip, students of grade 3 of Ekya School, Byrathi, visited this pet sanctuary on 19 July 2023. This experience assisted students in observing, touching, feeling and listening to various sights and sounds around them to enjoy nature and be empathetic towards the exploited animals.
As they were allowed to interact with species being conserved and rehabilitated, students were more curious to learn about these animals and record their experiences in their journals. It was an open environment that welcomed curiosity and cultivated environmental literacy, which can be implemented.
Over and above, students were educated on correct thinking about animals and the natural world. It also allowed them to ponder co-existence, care and concern for animal and plant life and become responsible citizens.
By Prema V Kannada Language Teacher Ekya School, Byrathi
Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what matters is best
As the quote says, we can teach kids to count, read, write, and learn about the world, but it is also essential to teach them how to live in this world. Life skills education is a significant way to lead one's life as one ought to lead to be justified to others and oneself. It is a pointer to one's development in diverse dimensions—physical, mental, emotional, social, aesthetic, cultural, etc. To deal with stress, anxiety, day-to-day problems, behavioural issues, and many such social situations, Life Skills are of help. Being a branch of social psychology, the subject of life skills concentrates on the social behaviour of human beings in different social situations.
The abilities for adaptive and positive behaviour enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life.
Life skills are essential for every individual, especially for students. These skills equip students with the necessary tools to succeed personally and professionally.
Reasons for Teaching Life Skills
Life Skills Education contributes to primary education, gender equality, democracy, good citizenship, child care and protection, the promotion of lifelong learning, quality of life and peace. The skills must be repeated again and again. Thus, the knowledge is remembered repetitively, making the brain remember 90% of the information. Hence the need to repeat, recap, reinforce and review.
Students should develop essential life skills to enhance their well-being and success:
You can practice and improve by learning a good decision-making process emphasizing how you decide, not what you choose. Everyday life is an endless sequence of decisions. Good decision-makers are those who overcome biases that might affect their choice. Employers expect managers to make excellent choices based on facts and data rather than intuitions. Decision-making is the thought process of selecting a logical choice from available options. Rational decision maximizes our chances of happiness, successful living and fulfilment.
Critical Thinking: Critical thinking will enable you to express your thoughts, ideas, and beliefs better. Better communication helps others to understand you better, resulting in less frustration for both of you. Critical thinking fosters creativity and out-of-the-box thinking that can be applied to any area of your life. Students should develop the ability to question, reason, and use logic and evidence.
Interpersonal Skills: Interpersonal skills are essential for students to develop as they build relationships. Students should learn to listen actively, empathize, negotiate, and resolve conflicts.
Time Management Skills: Time management skills are crucial for students, as they need to balance their academic, social, and personal lives. Students should learn to prioritize their tasks, set goals, and manage their time effectively to meet deadlines and achieve their objectives.
Leadership Skills: Leadership skills are essential for students to develop as they prepare to take on leadership roles in their personal and professional lives. Students should learn to communicate effectively, delegate tasks, inspire and motivate others, and make tough decisions.
Self-awareness: Resilience is the ability to bounce back from adversity. It is a necessary skill for coping with life's inevitable obstacles and one of the key ingredients to success and learning to bounce back and bounce forward. Resilience skills are essential for students to develop when facing challenges and setbacks. Students should learn to bounce back from failures, cope with stress, and adapt to change.
Students must develop life skills as they prepare for their personal and professional lives. These skills allow them to attain their objectives, establish healthy relationships, and lead fulfilling lives. By becoming independent learners who can manage change, take accountability for their work, and lead others, students are better equipped to produce outstanding results. Moreover, acquiring essential life skills can help individuals navigate life's challenges effectively. Remembering that good mental health is vital to overall well-being is critical.
By Ms. Pooja Nagpal Teaching Staff Ekya Schools, JP Nagar