Inquiry-Based Science Activities

Science Camps

The Problem

Low quality and less engaging teaching methodology is one factor behind the low completion rates and high dropouts in the public primary schools. This also results in students lacking critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Challenge

Improving the critical thinking and problem solving skills at primary level while keeping the interest of the students intact.

Solution

Global evidence confirms that science education in early years develops children’s thinking abilities and encourages them to ask questions, make discoveries, learn and discuss concepts with peers and teachers. The project conducted science camps in public primary schools for providing access to interesting science based activities, including experiments using local indigenous resources, scientific literacy and reading material and games. It introduced children to science in a fun environment while at the same time building on their key concepts.

Impact

Combining modern technology with interactive science and fun learning activities, the project took children on a different kind of trip/journey, taking them beyond the traditional boring classroom to a fun-filled science education beyond imagination. Project team and facilitators equipped with the modern ICT equipment engaged children in science-centric learning activities. For example, children were exposed to carefully selected set of digital learning resources including games, live experiments and scientific reading. This inspired curiosity and critical thinking habits among students. Data gathered show

  • 15% improvement in children’s attitude towards science and
  • 19% improvement in children’s view of science.

Why Should the Model be Implemented across the province?

  • The Science Camps model offers a low-cost and effective alternative to promoting inquiry-based learning among early grade students. The average cost of organizing a science camp works out to be PKR 4,000/per school. Given that 20-25 children are enrolled in a class, the average cost per child for attending a science camp is less than PKR 200.
  • Currently, science education is neglected in early grade schooling across the province. While science as a subject has been introduced starting from grade-4, KP’s Education Sector Plan 2012-16 recognizes “the availability of qualified teachers especially for science subjects as the main problem.

Implementing Partner

Comcept Pvt. Ltd.