Class 6-8

Four fundamental forces in Nature decide all known interactions in the world. What are these four forces? How do they arise? Why four and not more? This article explores some of these questions, describing the properties of the fundamental four and looking at how they shape our daily life.
 
We constantly interact with microbes of all sizes and shapes. But, only a very small number of these interactions lead to disease. So, how do disease-causing microbes enter our body? How does the human body defend itself against them? This article explores some of these questions in the context of common cold.
 
“I tried to picture myself as a virus or a cancer cell and tried to sense what it would be like.” Jonas Salk (Scientist and discoverer of the polio vaccine)
Our planet is made of chemistry. All life, from microbes to plants to animals, uses chemicals to communicate with their world. Chemical cues allow us to communicate with the largest elephants and the smallest bacteria; and can be used to protect crops from pests, identify novel pharmaceuticals, or prevent the spread of disease. In this article, the author examines the role of chemical interactions between living organisms and their environment.
 

A recent study done by Professor David Simkins of the Rochester Institute of Technology found that roleplaying games (RPGs) like Dungeons and Dragons can be extremely beneficial for students. The research he conducted showed that RPGs boosted learning, improved imagination and stimulated intellectual curiosity. The evidence was compelling - it showed that by playing RPGs, students improved their socio-emotional skills which helped them interact and learn better at school or college. There were also benefits on a wide scale academic level.

One of the most pleasant parts of our work is to go to a village where we are going to demonstrate science to children. We work very informally, usually where we are known at least to the children who sometimes turn up and talk to us, sitting on a log under a tree, ask us things and, as likely as not, give us more information than we give them.

Amrita Masih

As a teacher, I believe that children retain a subject that is delivered in the form of stories far longer than they do through conventional teaching methods. Storytelling, especially in the case of languages, engages children in such an effective manner that they are able to remember concepts or characters for a longer period of time.

“If I summarise the core beliefs and pedagogic practices that we saw in these classrooms, the foremost would be the teachers’ belief that ‘every child can learn; the responsibility is ours.’ These teachers try to make the learning experience interesting for every child and respect the existing knowledge they bring to the classroom, using it to build new knowledge… These teachers help children connect concepts with the world around them…” (S Giridhar, 2019. p122)

From the discovery of alien worlds and the creation and evolution of galaxies to the reality of a dark side to the universe, cosmic interactions have been the golden key for unlocking many secrets about the universe. Through different examples, this article highlights how interactions between objects of outer space have constantly fulfilled our longing to make sense of the world around us.
 

The future of coding is set in stone. According to Forbes, coding will be even more relevant in 2025 than it is now. What is it about coding that makes it such an important skill to learn and demanded in so many industries?

Just like how English is the global business language, coding is the language of technology. As we approach the peak of artificial intelligence (AI), teaching kids to code becomes a crucial part of their education.

Activities around Science and Craft - to make your children play and learn together and that too from simple materials or trash you throw away.

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