Learning to Learn with Orbital Projects
Orbital Projects extend an opportunity to the children to independently research a topic of their choice based on the Subject Society that they have chosen.
The project study extended over a two-month period, as each child worked with an assigned mentor who helped guide their research. At the end, students documented their projects; including details about all the steps taken during research and also listing all the resources used. The students culminated their projects by sharing their observations and findings through presentations, prototypes of models, videos, surveys, articles and information booklets.
The objectives of the project were:
- To enhance the skills of :
– conducting research, data collection and interpretation
– Planning and conducting interviews and surveys
– Comprehending and analysing primary and secondary data
– Generalizing and making connections
A Class VII student, chose to find patterns in Mughal cuisine, from its entry into India to the present day and tried to understand the adaptations in the changing social- cultural aspects of the Indian subcontinent. She also tried her hand at making veg biryani using some of the most typical spices. A Class VIII student presented a fascinating project on different styles of parenting. Other projects researched by students included:
- Understanding the pattern of migratory birds
- Traditional textiles of Assam
- The Role of Parliament in making laws
Each student’s project was unique, not just in terms of the topic, but also the manner in which they had conducted their research and the styles of presentation.