Science starts young
The TRDC Science Garden is dedicated towards improving the quality of science education in the region and giving more children and teenagers the opportunity to pursue higher education in science and engineering disciplines.
Working with about 8,000 student visits a year from more than 15 schools, the TRDC instructors uses several approaches with students of various ages. Experiential learning using games and simple experiments is used to light the spark, showing the pupils how they can influence experiments with their hands. A more structured approach is used to support the students’ science curriculum, both to improve their marks, and to give students and their teachers more confidence in science and mathematics. Research methodologies are explored both in games and in formal projects that aim for school and national prizes.
Learning from Scientists
What makes the TRDC Science Garden very special is that the Garden itself is inside a working research institution with real labs where real science happens all the time and that so many of the instructors are working scientists. Besides providing the children with role models the scientists give depth that children usually don’t get in schools.
With and for the Community
An integral part pf the Science Garden’s success is a large networking of working relationships with teachers, principals, local authorities, science education specialists and the Education Ministry. These relationships allow the garden to be responsive to particular needs of different schools, villages and towns.
Fulfilling a real need
The science teaching infrastructure in many of our region’s schools is woefully inadequate. This means that teachers are forced into a more theoretical approach in teaching sciences, lacking the experiential elements that are such an essential part of the learning experience.
The Science Garden provides the physical infrastructure needed for experiential leaning and the human skills to link this input to the more theoretical approach the students usually encounter in classes. But beside support of science leaning the Garden also provides very specific targeted assistance in areas such as:
Matriculation projects – Guidance for high school science matriculation projects
Junior high groups- Work with junior high school students on research projects with an emphasis of group work.
What is research? – A program for fifth and sixth graders introducing research concepts by working on exciting projects