This article covers Action Research Projects for both 6th and 9th std for the year 2019-20 (Homi Bhabha Exam – Level 3)
Homi Bhabha Project for 6th Std – January 2020 :
Topic for 6th Std:
‘Study of remarkable local efforts for environmental conservation’
What it means:
This is basically a study project. You have to study any project done in your area with intention to conserve the nature.
It might be done by government or by any group of people or by any individual person.
Reference: Action –research project document published on official website (link at the end of the article.)
What you have to do:
1. First, identify a project which is done with the intention of conserving nature. The project should be already done or almost completed. (It should not be just a proposed or imaginary project). Ensure that its main aim is to conserve nature (There might be other benefits of this project, but that is just a side effect.)
2. Once you have identified your project, study its various aspects like:
- How, when and why it got started
- Which aspect of nature it is conserving
- Percentage of completion
- Problems faced and solutions found
- Project cost, etc
3. Study the project in multiple ways:
- From published documents and articles –
Find out the information about the selected project from news papers, officially published documents, reviews by individuals, internet.
- By actually visiting the site –
Try to visit the project actually. Study it thoroughly. Verify the things which you have found in earlier step. Make your own observations, discover things. Study in detail – What is getting conserved? What was the condition before and after implementation of the project? Check the effectiveness of the project with respect to conservation of nature.
- By interviewing people – After doing the above two steps, try to talk to people and get their views about the project. Try to obtain information which you need and have not obtained so far.
4. Estimate the cost and who is paying for it. Think and form your opinion – Is the project worth spending this much amount?
5. Try to find out if there are any side effects of the project. Try to find whether the project is harming some other factor in nature in the name of conserving something else.
6. Try if you can actively participate in the project. Try to see if you can actually do any work which conserves nature.
7. Suggest if there can be any improvements. See if it can be implemented in some other place also.
8. Additional Task given as per Homi Bhabha document (link at the end) – Identify any 3 things happening in your area which are harmful to ecosystem.
9. Write your project report. Prepare to present your project well in a very short time (5 mins).
MY EXAMPLE project: (This is just an example – Do not copy this!)
Project identified to study: planting endangered medicinal plants on the terrace garden in my uncle’s house.
Title: Saving endangered medicinal plants
Method and actions (which I plan to do):
- Study the project from paperwork available.
- Visit and stay at my uncle’s house. Study the project – Record the area, number of plants of each species, from where the plants are brought here, record their growth.
- Find out what was done as initial setup, and what is being done on continuous basis.
- Study how the project is conserving nature, or which species are being conserved.
- Record the problems faced like birds eating the buds and flowers, or insects eating the plants. Study the solutions which are already in implemented.
- Carry out some activities on my own. Participate in other activities.
- Try planting few plants at my own house and society.
- Suggest improvements
- Write report, and prepare to present my project.
If you need to ask / discuss, you are welcome.
Enjoy your project work! Regards and best wishes!
Rahul Ogale – 9892013836
Homi Bhabha exam project for 9th std – January 2020:
Topic for 9th Std:
Current Trends, Issues and Recommendations To Enhance EEFS in High Schools
Understanding the topic:
EEPS means Environmental Education For Sustainability.
We humans want to enjoy our life and need more and more comforts and pleasures. For every comfort we want, we mostly need to spoil or harm nature. For example, if you need cool, hygienic water, you need a plastic bottle. If you need a car, you need to pollute the atmosphere. If you need electricity, you burn coal and do pollution. If you need a home, you need to cut the trees and kill the animals living there before you build.
And as we need all the comforts, we need to harm nature. At the most what we can do is reduce the damage upto a certain extent. This can be done by better and disciplined behaviour from the people.
And some people believe that if we educate high school students effectively, then they will behave better, and spoil the nature less! (This might not work at all!)
So your project is to improve EEPS in high schools (your own or others).
What you can do:
- Find out what is the current status of EEPS at your school.
- Find out why EEPS is required near your area.. (for a particular issue or problem in your area)
- Find out current trends – gather information from other schools about what they teach, learn and implement related to EEPS.
- Enhance EEPS in 3 ways:
I. Better knowledge and education
- Find better means and methods to educate them better and effectively.
- Make newsletters articles to enhance EEPS among school students.
- Try to carry out some group working activity, make a drama, presentation
- Arrange a game or a quiz for the students to improve participation
II. Do constructive tasks:
- Develop and clean the school garden,
- clean bicycles with minimum usage of water,
- reduce the use of plastic,
- reduce pollution by things like car pooling.
III. Improve the approach and attitude towards EEPS. (Rather than only having knowledge.)
- Allocate some points and incentives for the students to encourage them to behave better.
- Arrange a trip for the students to show them the problem.
- Devise penalty schemes for classmates – penalize each other if caught harming nature.
- Check the effectiveness of your actions and methods.
- Try to discuss with the school teachers, about how to educate EEPS better. Try to implement if you find any idea. Suggest if curriculum can be improved.
- Any other things which come to your mind to ‘Enhance EEFS in High Schools’
As a science student, avoid hypocrisy of any form.
Do not preach fake ideas and thoughts. E.g. You should not lecture others about not to use plastic while you are yourself drinking water from a plastic bottle.
You might have heard about the super-rich man travelling in his private jet, throwing millions of tons of carbon dioxide to educate people about reducing the carbon dioxide emission. As a science student we should avoid such work.
If you really implement a thing yourself, you can suggest it to others. Not otherwise.
A group of 40 people went on a ‘tree plantation’ drive. They traveled and stayed in nature. So they landed up using a lot of plastic bottles, plastic-cups, plastic hand-gloves, plastic-coated paper dishes, burning around 200 litres diesel, and cutting a few trees to make temporary rest rooms and shades. And they claimed to be helping nature!
Well, effectively, nature would have been better off without their project!!
So think and find out the net effect of your actions. Be true to yourself. If the net effect of your activities is indeed helping nature you should get credit for it. Not otherwise.
Enjoy your project work!
If you need to ask / discuss, you are welcome.
Regards and best wishes!,
Rahul Ogale – 9892013836
Action – research project document published on official website: