Extending the scope of science to rural students
Barefoot Science Laboratories was started by Mechatronics engineer, Prayag Ichangimath, to increase the ambit of accessible education to rural communities. It is an extension of the renowned Barefoot College and primarily works to provide practical exposure of theoretical concepts to rural students of 8 – 14 years of age. A tub of water and a mirror showcasing a rainbow and manure from a nearby field that can be used to visualize composting – are examples of the hands-on experience offered by the program. The teachers create the experiments using locally sourced materials and execute almost 35 activities a year in nine schools across Rajasthan. Prayag plans to expand the Science laboratories to 43 rural schools, which would reach out to at least 1500 students in nine states.