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Community Outreach

It is hard to popularize science by keeping it confined to Classrooms, Board rooms and Legislative committees. Since we are all affected by science, we all have to be in it and one way, perhaps the only way, to do it is through community outreach.

The Institute thus reaches out to schools and colleges, community groups and parents through its outreach program.

Outreach to schools and colleges:

l. Through our Mini-catalogues: Through our mini-catalogue of microbiological and immunological supplies, we are enabling schools and colleges to revive hands on lab courses. This area of our outreach will expand as we add more Mini catalogues covering other subjects and diwciplines to our list of available catalogues.

2. By helping students with science projects: Currently students have no place to turn to for guidance and advice. Their frustration increases when the students find that the available science projects, which they get from books, internet or their peers or teachers are, often times, far too complicated for them to handle. Parents get drawn into this drama and trauma also who need to adjust their workplace obligations to help their children. How much of this adjustment is feasible depends on individual situations but the adjustment gets harder when they have no place to turn to. The Institute’s outreach program for Science projects is where they can now turn to.

3. By salvaging failing students: Many students fail not because that they are not intelligent but because they are not able to cope with the manner in which the information is made available to them. In reality, more often than not, it is the intelligent student who finds it hard to cope with such situations. He or she in fact is applying logic to learning but when they fail see any logic to what is being taught to them or the way it is presented, they shut off leading to poor performance and poor grades. The Institute’s curriculum and the mode of teaching, being logical, are capable of salvaging such students. Try this out by having the students participate in Institute’s workshops and basic courses.

Liasion with community groups: Maintaining an on going liaison with the community groups is essential for two reasons: One, to know what the community needs and two, to make available information about the Institute’s capabilities. With this two way approach, the community groups can be more useful to the community and its members. For example, students and parents struggling with science projects or dealing with failing students can thus be helped.

Liasion with parents: Parents generally get drawn into their children’s education when there is some bad news such as poor grades, disruptive behavior, and social issues. Parents don’t get involved when the grades are good and there are no other problems. This is not a good sign for the future development of the child for the grades are not always a reflection of a student’s analytical and thinking abilities. Yet, these are the attributes required for jobs and career development.

Parents often get caught by surprise when their 9th grader begins to cut classes or begins to get poor grades on science and other meaningful subjects. Some wake up to this reality when their college freshman flunks and heads for home. The Institute can prevent such situations from happening by maintaining an ongoing liaison with the parents encouraging them to continually enrich their child’s educational background beyond what they are learning or not learning in schools.

Liaison with parents also gets students and parents turn for help with their science projects thereby avoiding frustrations due to time constraints because of jobs and not knowing where to turn to for genuine help.

Liaison with parents can also help parents decide what their children can do with their after school and summer time. The Institute offers after school programs and summer science courses which the parents can consider enrolling their children in instead of or in addition to sending them to summer camps.

For more information and participation in Institute’s community outreach programs, contact the Institute.