Aarambh is an outreach program conducted by IEEE MANIT Students’ Branch with an intrinsic aim to promote science not as a subject but as a part of day to day life and career interest to the underprivileged sections of society. Needless to justify, children need to realize the importance of scientific point of view in their school days only, so that as they grow up, they can have a rational perspective and live a healthy and prosperous lives. The idea is to popularize science as a way to understand life and to feel the things happening around by reaching children from deprived communities, who are getting elementary education in some government or convent schools with basic problems such as lack of quality teacher, improper infrastructure, lack of guidance, inadequate atmosphere.
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) MANIT Student Branch organized AARAMBH on 7th, 8th and 10th September in School for Excellence, Sarojini Naidu School and Kamla Nehru School respectively. AARAMBH is a social educational initiative that aspires to create a conducive learning environment for underprivileged students who are deprived of quality education. The idea is to popularize science as a way to understand life and to feel the things happening around by reaching children from different communities. With the sole motive of promoting science as an important tool, this year, IEEE MANIT widened its reach by conducting AARAMBH not only in underprivileged schools but also in schools like School for Excellence.
14 IEEE members tried to acquaint over 200 young brains with some basic principles of science through project demonstrations. Economical and enthralling demonstrations were based on principles like Newton’s third law of motion, Total internal reflection, Diffraction, Magnetism and Bernoulli’s principle. Apart from demonstrating the projects, the team members also showed the students how they could make these projects themselves.
Continuing their efforts for the betterment of the society, the IEEE Students Branch of MANIT organized AARAMBH-2015. AARAMBH is the social educational initiative undertaken by the students of MANIT under the auspices of IEEE MANIT Students´ branch. The essence of Aarambh is to foster knowledge sharing among underprivileged students who are deprived of quality education.Aarambh has attained new heights this year by receiving the Darrel Chong Students Activity Award in 2011 and got published in the " The IEEE Region Ten Newsletter" , March 2012.
AARAMBH was conducted on 21st and 22nd August in Kamla Nehru Girls´ S.S School and on 24th August in Sarojini Naidu Girls' School. Over 100 students were addressed by 15 IEEE members with the objective of imparting knowledge about basic science principles. The members demonstrated inexpensive out-of-box exhibits which included homopolar motor, security system, reflection phenomena, manual bot and climbing butterfly.
This year, AARAMBH was conducted on 1st and 2nd September in KAMLA NEHRU HIGHER SECONDARY GIRLS SCHOOL and SHASHKIYA NUTAN MADHYAMIK VIDHALAYA.They demonstrated four projects-Simple DC Motor, Magnetic effect of Solenoid, Wave formation with pendulum of different lengths and Pop-pop boat covering basic principles of science like inertia, magnetic effect of current, buoyancy etc. These projects were made using simple household materials with each project costing less than Rs 200. Apart from demonstrating the projects, the team members also showed the students how they could make these projects themselves.
The teachers were so impressed with the projects that they asked the school students to make each project themselves under the guidance of IEEE members.
The goal of Aarambh is to develop a ‘You can do it!’ spirit among school children from less privileged families, and foster encouragement for purposeful life.This ambitious activity by the student members of IEEE MANIT Students Branch, has been initiated on very comprehensive objectives, with the purpose of not to change the world but to include youth in social humanitarian tasks for their own personality development, at the same time serving society by rendering their basic science and engineering skills to develop low-cost science teaching aids for children.
IEEE MANIT Student Members, by involving in this novel activity render their technical skills and creativity to help underprivileged children by interacting with them, teaching them and inspiring them. Engineering students make innovative projects to teach basic science in everyday life concepts with waste materials and scratch which is easily available in any household.
Models to be demonstrated were carefully selected keeping in mind that they can relate it with day to day happenings and can understand easily and can ignite a fire in their mind i.e, to make models which were simple, could be easily understood and cost effective.