Project Report:
Make Science Fun Seven

Oct 2016 to Jan 2017

The project:
Make Science Fun
Technologies used:
Benesse Mini Microscope Educational Toy
Local partner:
The problem: 

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.

How we helped: 

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.

What people are saying: 


"These educational toys are really interesting and appropriate for grade 5 and 6 students. Before, we didn’t have any educational tools that could help explain  science topics to the students. But by using these educational toys, our students even feel curious to learn more about the component and how it’s made. We felt overwhelmed by the students’ questions. Their high enthusiasm was not facilitated by us, the teachers, because we lack  access to reading materials.”

I Gusti Putu Monggol, Teacher, SDN 2 Landih Primary School, Pengotan village, Bangli


“When I learn about the electricity, my friends and I can utilise the mini generator to learn about energy transformation. Our teacher helped to explain why a mini generator activated by our hands can produce enough power to move the propeller and light that created shadows on the wall. The experiment made us wonder what else can be done with energy.”

Ni Koman Rita Juniati, Grade 6 Student, SDN 1 Pengotan Primary School, Bangli


“I have never used, or even seen, a microscope before. I only saw it in a book, but I couldn’t imagine what it actually looked like. When I first tried the mini microscope that  YKIP (local partner) gave me, I used it to observe my skin surface, I was really surprised to see small dots and lines! And then my friends were really surprised as well when they observed leaves. We learned that there are things that we can’t see without a microscope. I can’t wait to use this microscope again in our next science lesson.”

Luh Bella Arina, Grade 6 Students, SDN 5 Les Primary School, Buleleng

Reaching the last mile: 

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.

The challenges: 

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.

Technology feedback
Yayasan Kemanusiaan Ibu Pertiwi (YKIP)

Make Science Fun Seven