Imagine a van which has around 800 to 1000 science experiments. Sounds crazy right? But yes it exists. A Chennai based organization has come up with this amazing idea and here is a small talk with Arivarasan, Programme Director.
Tell us about the science van?
It is actually a charitable trust. It was started in the year 2009 and it is almost 9 years and we are operating a mobile science van. It is a science van setup which has 800 to 1000 experiments in it which goes to the rural areas. We have been doing this as a charity. Till now we have gone to 3000 schools and over 10 lakh students would have seen us.
Whose idea was this?
The founder is Pasupathy. He is a food scientist. He owns a microbiology lab in Guindy. The whole aim is to take the practical science experiments to the rural students.
How does it work?
We have a Plan A and Plan B. Plan A is basically the van will go geographically like 5 km radius. We cant shift the van here and there. Then there are some people who call us so in that situation I will execute the Plan B which is a bag set up. Like that, I have traveled around Tamilnadu.
How many vans are there?
Initially, we had one van which was sponsored by Naihaa. Then Cognizant sponsored another van. Then during floods, one van was damaged and currently, there is only one van working.
Will all the children be doing the practical experiments?
Almost all the students are allowed to the practicals. Like as soon as we reach the school we will arrange all the experiments in the lab and then they all will be allowed to do it.
What are the challenges that you face?
A lot of people are ready to support us with the van. But the main difficulty that we face is a monthly expense. Our monthly expense will come around Rs.60,000 to Rs.70,000 which includes the fuel, driver etc.
Where do you see this organization after 5 years?
The basic idea of this is to focus on children education by understanding the concept. We want to create a kid to think like a scientist and who enjoys science. That is what we focus on and not any achievements.