Arvind Gupta: Toys from trash for learning

At the INK conference, Arvind Gupta shares simple yet stunning plans for turning trash into seriously entertaining, well-designed toys that kids can build themselves. Listen for innovative ideas for kids to make their own toys while learning basic principles of science and design.


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Arvind Gupta

Toymaker, innovator, science educator

Science educator Arvind Gupta uses simple toys to teach.

A graduate from IIT Kanpur (1975 batch), Arvind Kumar Gupta took a year’s study leave from TELCO (in 1978) to work with the grassroots village science teaching programme for children in the tribal district of Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh. While there, he developed many useful low-cost teaching/science teaching aids using locally available materials. The possibilities of using ordinary things for doing science and recycling modern junk into joyous products appealed immensely to children. Arvind Gupta’s first book, Matchstick Models and other Science Experiments, was translated into 12 Indian languages by various Popular Science groups and sold more than half a million copies. Gupta has conducted workshops in over 2000 schools and has won many national and international awards.


And somewhere there are engineers

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WORKS: Matchstick Models and other Science Experiments; Science from Scrap


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