Toys From Trash - Co Founder
Ashok Rupner has a post graduation degree in Physics from Pune University, India. He has been deeply involved in science popularization for last 20 years. From 1996 to 2004, he worked with the Mobile Science Lab of Vidnyanvahini. During these years, he has conducted over 3000 hands-on science workshops at various schools and colleges. Since 2004 he has worked at the Children’s Science Center of IUCAA. He has designed hundreds of science teaching aids and models which have been uploaded on the website www.arvindguptatoys.com He won the Most Distinguished Science Activities Award at Scifest, in Grahamstown, South Africa continuously from 2010 to 2013.The Science Popularization team at IUCAA have made 1050, short videos on low-cost models, science activities and toys. These videos have been dubbed in many languages. Presently the website has 8100 short videos on Youtube which have been viewed by over 55-million people across the world.
"Fun with Hands-on science"
The philosophy of my talk will be bringing gleam in the eyes and sense of wonder in children. We wanted science and math learning interesting and experiential so that children can relate the textbooks in their daily lives. We create hands-on activities, models (we call them toys) using very inexpensive material, so that every hold has access to interesting learning. We make short films on how to make these models and upload it on YouTube. Our channel has 55 million viewers, for our 1000+ activities. All this is available on our youtube channel. We have also dubbed these videos in 18 different languages (Indian and foreign). Please see all the film links on our website.
In our workshops for teachers and children we make pumps, generators, motors, spinners, gliders, hundreds of activities in math’s all using paper, plastic bottles, straw, syringe tube and very inexpensive material. Once we get our hands dirty by making these toys the conceptual understanding and science becomes easy and natural. While these toys appear simple the science behind them can be interesting and challenging. Levitating a pen in air, folding an equilateral triangle from an A4 sheet, counting till 1000 on just 10 fingers, making a tennis ball super bouncy so that it can bounce to 18 ft. All these activities unravel the science around us. If we can take all these toys inside our classes we could revolutionize learning.