The project:Make Science Fun
Technologies used:Benesse Mini Microscope Educational Toy
As in many parts of Indonesia, students in the remote rural area of Bangli and Buleleng, Bali, Indonesia have limited access to learning materials. This lack of resources makes it difficult for students to understand how science can help us understand the natural world. With hands-on experience of using scientific equipment, students can discover for themselves the excitement and fun of learning about science.
Our local partner, YKIP, distributed mini microscopes and mini generators to teachers and students in Bangli and Buleleng, Bali, Indonesia. Teachers say that the educational toys have increased the students’ curiosity and interest to study science. Not only that, when they were studying, the teachers also received a lot of challenging science-related questions from the students – a positive sign of teacher-student engagement in this new learning environment.
Our local partner distributed the educational toys to five primary schools in Bangli and five primary schools in Buleleng, reaching approximately 1,500 students and teachers. Our local partner helped to teach the teachers on how to incorporate the educational toys into their science lessons.
Our local partner reported that engaging the teachers to incorporate the educational toys into the daily science lessons was the biggest challenge in this project. Most of the teachers thought that the educational toys were only suitable for certain science lessons. They also thought that the educational toys can only be used inside the classroom.
To tackle this challenge, our local partner provided information about creative teaching methods and supported the teachers to implement these ideas in their daily lessons.