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During his time at IIT Kanpur, he was a part of the now infamous Opportunity School, a small group of students who would bunk classes to teach underprivileged children in the surrounding area. The world of education was calling. In these villages, there were no science labs. Children learned science through badly put-together textbooks alone.

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I first met Arvind Gupta at a slum school in Govindpuri. Although he is a graduate of the institute in which I work, and has won many awards for his work in science popularization, an area in which I was myself working, five years into my new job I had not heard of him.

In what is a common litany of co-operation in India, it was from Mitch Resnick in Boston that I first came to know of Arvind and his work. And then, when we were to conduct a workshop in a school run by the Katha Khazana , we invited Arvind to visit us. A bearded man in khadi kurta, he arrived with a jhola from which he produced a small plastic dabba full of thread, buttons, scissors, straws, matchboxes, marbles, empty ballpen-refills, and other throwaway items.

From these, he constructed dozens of toys -- tone-changing flutes, whirling thread rings, wall-climbing critters, scampering mice. Along with his toymaking ran the constant patter of story. The evening lengthened, and all of us, large and small children, rich and poor, participated mesmerized. Besides being a toymaker, Arvind Gupta is also an active network builder. Although we have not met since he moved to Pune, like so many others, he keeps in touch through various snippets of work, primarily regarding the dissemination of books.

Recently I discovered that he had managed to put various books online, and without waiting to talk to him, I thought I would create this page as my small offering honouring this enormous life of effort, which in so many ways is a life lived in the ideal of The Man Who Planted Trees.

Arvind Gupta has written many entertaining books about his toymaking and about other themes , which have been published by the Eklavya educational society, the National Book Trust, and others. Currently he is the curator for a novel experiment in interactive science learning. With backing from the Inter University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics IUCAA and the Pula Deshpande trust, he is starting an interactive Museum which would have no security guards, and where kids will play freely, making toys out of boxes full of common junk, launching their own journeys through their own science.

In his book Pumps from the Dump he has expressed his motto as: The whole world is a garbage pit Collect some junk and make a kit.

In addition to writing books, Arvind Gupta is also concerned with the manner in which books are distributed, and access by the weaker sections of society. He considers it stifling that so many books that have such educative potential should remain out of reach of the Indian child simply because of price. So over the years he has labouriously and painstakingly typed in the books that he loves, and he and his friends have released to the online world his own books, as well as some others.

Wherever possible, permissions have been taken from the copyright holders. Some of these books are also linked from the Crimson Feet Magazine , which is "a space for urgent, visionary, volatile, enlightening, evolutionary words and vision". Books by Arvind Gupta.

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Arvind Gupta

Science owes a great debt to imagination. Considering that it was the pre-internet era, I read and re-read those books many times over the years, eventually learning more from them than I ever did inside a classroom. Few in our country are lucky enough to have access to good books and great teachers. A prophetic statement from a woman who never had a day of formal education in her life but ensured that her four children excelled academically. For almost 30 years now, Arvind Gupta has been taking his love for science and learning to the children of India.

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How Arvind Gupta is using everyday waste to bring science to millions of Indian kids

In fact, there are whole stores devoted to selling things like robotics kits , ant farms , and simple microscopes. In the developing world, however, such fancy toys are relatively scarce. Well, in the case of Arvind Gupta, they show the kids how to make scientific toys from trash. Upon graduation, he went on to work at Tata Motors, where he helped to build trucks. In , he took a one-year leave from his job, and took part in the Hoshangabad Science Teaching Program.

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Teaching Science with Toys from Trash – Arvind Gupta

Priti Salian reports from a classroom in Bangalore Arvind Gupta in his lab. Each child has been handed a drinking straw, some neatly cut paper, adhesive tape and a pair of scissors. Many have moved closer to peep at the sample he is creating; others are wheedling him to improve their work. Bhatt patiently answers their queries, until each student has their toy ready. He then demonstrates how the cone-shaped paper projectile can be blown through the straw and targeted to perforate a newspaper placed at a distance. This imaginative and easy-to-make toy comes from the repertoire of Arvind Gupta, an Indian engineer who has been fashioning do-it-yourself toys and science models from trash and inexpensive material for almost four decades. His goal?

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I first met Arvind Gupta at a slum school in Govindpuri. Although he is a graduate of the institute in which I work, and has won many awards for his work in science popularization, an area in which I was myself working, five years into my new job I had not heard of him. In what is a common litany of co-operation in India, it was from Mitch Resnick in Boston that I first came to know of Arvind and his work. And then, when we were to conduct a workshop in a school run by the Katha Khazana , we invited Arvind to visit us. A bearded man in khadi kurta, he arrived with a jhola from which he produced a small plastic dabba full of thread, buttons, scissors, straws, matchboxes, marbles, empty ballpen-refills, and other throwaway items. From these, he constructed dozens of toys -- tone-changing flutes, whirling thread rings, wall-climbing critters, scampering mice. Along with his toymaking ran the constant patter of story.

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