On 2nd March, 55 employees of Microsoft dedicated a day towards bringing smiles through science to the children at a mission education of Smile Foundation, Bengaluru. The introduction session started off with the employees putting across questions on computers and other IT related topics to the kids. The kids were excited to be meeting employees from Microsoft and this added to the energy in the event. The employees came with much enthusiasm and love to meet the children.
After a fun and energized ice breaker, the children and employees were paired in different groups. The pairing was done to ensure that each child got adequate time to engage with the employees. A majority of the children are first generation learner’s who don’t have a guide to look up to apart from those they meet at school so an engagement with the employees always plays a major role.
Each group was allocated a science related topic to name them, there were experiments on testing the weight of air, learning about the parts of the human body, exploring the layers of the atmosphere, understanding magnetic waves and learning about the water cycle.
The activity concluded with a presentation from each group. The children and employees innovated their presentation by adding a lively dance; this added a fun element to the end. It was a spirited way to end the activity.
As part of their other activities the employees also trained 10 teachers the uses of the KaHO app which will enable the teachers to alleviate their teaching process with effective communication. Microsoft donated Nokia phones to all the teachers to facilitate the use of the app in the school. In the end, Microsoft handed over goody bags for each child with things they could use for their upcoming exams and their best of wishes. The kids grew fond of the employees within hours and insisted they come back soon.