What is a NCSC Project
NCSC projects are simple, innovative, practical, concerned with local issues related with day-to-day life and are carried out with very nominal cost, where the focus is more on logical interpretation and analysis of issues and finding out pragmatic solutions of generic nature to the possible extent.
Project based activity, as a thumb rule, encourages the children to explore, think, wonder and experiment. By doing so, the children also imbibes the following temperament/ quality/ skills of the children:
It is, therefore, expected that any group of children can undertake a project work with a perspective of continuous effort of questioning and experimentation as shown in Figure-1. Here, observation incorporates anything the children observe in their daily lifes and/or their local contexts, in relation to the theme defined for that year.
The observation should be followed by relevant questions such as “What? Where? When? Why? How? Who?” In quest of finding out the answer to the question(s) it is required to review relevant literature concerning the issues in the chosen study. Review of such literature helps in framing the steps towards conducting the study. In the process, one may also discuss with subject experts to get information and advice. Initiatives for such activities must be encouraged by the guide. These steps will help to frame a set of assumptions/ hypothesis.
Based on observation, trends, information collected from different literature and discussion with experts of the cause and effect of a problem you form a hypothesis which is a probable cause or an assumption of the probable cause.
After these phases, and with the understanding of the issue, the team decides upon a set of objectives of the study.
Based on those objectives and with help from the guide and/or the experts, they should design a methodology.
This leads to make a work plan which is to be decided on the basis of nature of the project and the time available to carry out the project.
Depending on the objectives and methodology, the study can either be purely experimental, or a scientifically designed/field survey based or a combination of both. In case of a survey based project, one should be extremely careful not to get carried away by simple surveys which are questionnaire based where the participation of the community is negligible.