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Toys from Trash

PUNE13 Jan 2013

Venue Cultural Pavilion, Deccan College Ground, Deccan College Road, Yerawada
Opening Time12:30 PM
Entry All are welcome. Limited seats.

PUNE20 Jan 2013

Venue Cultural Pavilion, Deccan College Ground, Deccan College Road, Yerawada
Opening Time10:30 AM
Entry All are welcome. Limited seats.
Toy making with Ashok Rupner and Vidula Mhaiskar


Sunday, 13 Jan. 2013 - 12.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m.
Tuesday, 15 Jan. 2013 - 12.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m.
Thursday, 17 Jan. 2013 - 12.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m.
Saturday, 19 Jan. 2013 - 12.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m.
Sunday, 20 Jan. 2013 - 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

The best way to learn - from play! Learn how to use the simplest objects from around the home - things that we discard everyday - to create the most delightful toys that will appeal to people of any age. 

Reduce, reuse, and recycle for greener living is the motto of this workshop. The participants will use everyday waste (newspapers, string, drinking straws, etc.) to create toys through the application of simple scientific principles.

In this two hour workshop, participants will be able to take home toys of their own creation, all the while learning consciously or unconsciously, little aspects of science. Come join us in the movement for a greener tomorrow the fun filled way.

The workshops will be conducted by Ashok Rupner and Vidual Mhaiskar, both of whom work together with Arvind Gupta.
Information about artists
Arvind Gupta
Arvind Gupta was a student at the 1970s in Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. Gandhian in outlook, he.began his social service by teaching the children of the mess staff who had no opportunities for formal education.

Arvind Gupta participated in the Hoshangabad Science Teaching Programme (HSTP) in Madhya Pradesh in 1978. While he was there, he developed his idea of creating simple toys and educational experiments using locally available materials as well as items usually thrown away as trash. These simple toys, he found, fascinated children and Gupta went on to make these as the hallmark of his movement of popularising science. His first book, "Matchstick Models and other Science Experiments" was reprinted in 12 languages.

Ashok Rupner
After an MSc in physics, Ashok Rupner worked in Vigyan Vahini - a mobile science lab for 8 years, and visited over 1500 rural schools in Maharashtra. Since the past 8 years he has been working at the IUCAA science centre and has conducted over 1000 activities workshops in science activities. He has been instrumental in documenting over 700 science experiments in the form of photographs and films.

He has won the Most Innovative Workshop Award at SciFest, South Africa's science week 4 times in a row.

Dr. Vidula Mhaiskar
After her PhD in Immunology at Haffkine Institute in Mumbai and Post-Doctorate at Stanford California, she started working at the Children's Science Centre at IUCAA. She has conducted over 1000 workshops in making simple science models with readily available materials.