The Covid 19 lockdown has brought the lives of all the people to a halt. Irrespective of the age, it
has affected the children as well as the adults. During these times when the lives of all the people temporarily stopped, the education sector of India took a wonderful step and turned to online
teaching and learning methods. Following these measures, most schools turned from classroom teaching to virtual platforms for allowing the students to continue learning as before.
Since the past three years, our team at Labrynthe has been conducting Astronomy club sessions
in City Montessori School, Gomti Nagar-I, for various age groups from class Nursery to class 9. Our process of teaching astronomy allows the students to learn about astronomy in a fun and
creative way where the students don’t just learn the concepts; they also learn to apply the concepts through various hands on activities and quizzes. We promote participation of all the
students, encourage critical thinking and allow the curious minds to ask as many questions as they want. Since the young minds should never stop learning, our team at Labrynthe also
switched to online platforms for virtual methods of teaching so that we continue to promote Astronomy like before for our young ones.
The virtual sessions are surely a different way of learning but they come with the same idea: to
promote critical thinking and equal participation of the students. Our sessions include multimedia presentations in which our educator takes the students through the topic. During this,
the students are free to participate and ask questions. This is followed by discussion of the topic and a recap in which the educator ensures that the students learn the concept. Sometimes, a
session is also followed by a quiz which allows each and every student to participate and answer the questions. This is followed by a discussion of activities which the students can perform at
home with basic stationary items that are available easily. After our sessions, the students receive worksheets to solve at home to ensure that the students understand and retain the concepts. The
students also receive activity documents with all the steps for performing the activities at home. This year, we are conducting online Astronomy sessions for two age groups: classes 3-5 and
classes 6-8 in which our young astronomers learnt about Light, Solar system, the Hubble telescope, Eclipses, Units and Measurements, etc and will continue their sessions till March
Labrynthe believes in promoting scientific understanding of the nature and works with students to help them learn about Astronomy. We aim towards helping to grow scientific temperament
among the students of different age groups. While our sessions aim at teaching about Astronomy, we also make sure that our students have fun during our sessions. With this idea in mind, our
team continues to educate the students over online platforms so that our young ones do not stop learning.