Chennai: Cambrionics Life Science – a community of biologists based in Chennai – is changing the way biology is taught in schools. The enterprise founded by five 20-somethings has reached over 3500 students in Tamil Nadu with their flagship program, Teaching Alternate Biological Science (T.A.B.S). T.A.B.S is a 12-week experimental learning program in Life sciences for school kids in grades 6 to 9.
The program is built on a research-based learning framework, where students spend four weeks experimenting with each model organism. The course includes model systems like Zebrafish or Drosophila, Microbes, and Plants. Through these experiments, students are exposed to various themes in biology including neurobiology, genetics, forensic biology, microbiology, developmental biology, cell biology, toxicology, astrobiology, hydroponics, aquaponics and farming.
The program is designed at three levels – beginner, intermediate and advanced, each level providing varying degrees of exposure to biology. While the beginner level is designed to inspire students and ignite a passion for biology, the intermediate level is aimed to develop critical thinking and the advanced level exposes them to various career opportunities in biology and encourages them to develop scientific solutions to a given problem.
The upcoming T.A.B.S program starts on Saturday, November 30, 2019. The 12-week program is conducted every Saturday from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM at KK Nagar, Chennai.