In our Founder’s words:
About 10 years back Andhra Pradesh was plagued with farmer suicides. The farmers were feeling helpless and were burdened with crushing debt and could not see a way out of their situation. Being part of a family with a long history in farming, I always believed they are very important for the planet/people and provide a vital function. When I was back in India, I heard about their predicament, not only through the news, but also from personal stories from friends and neighbors.
When discussing with the locals, I was surprised at their ignorance on fundamentals like storage of crops, interest rates, fertility of soil etc. I realized that even a little education on the fundamentals of math and science would help them in many ways. Upon further deliberation, I felt that if we focus on the children and empower them, they could educate their parents and also be in a position to understand and implement, business and science concepts when they take up the responsibilities.
Coming to the United States and being exposed to the teaching techniques here and seeing examples like Google where theoretical learning had practical applications, made me realize the advantages of hands on learning. The emphasis on learning the concepts & teaching how the concepts are important in real life makes learning fun and excites the imagination. That’s when I started reading about these teaching techniques and came across hands-on-learning. I started playing with a couple of experiments and realized I was able to understand them better, and also able to retain the concepts longer. There was my answer!