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Spread The Smile 2017

Registrations are now open for Spread the Smile ’17 to be conducted on the weekends of 21-22nd Jan, 28-29th Jan and 4-5th Feb.

The volunteers for a particular weekend will conduct activities from Saturday morning till Sunday afternoon. Accommodation and food for the volunteer group will be made available at the respective villages.

The volunteer group at every village will design and conduct activities. Every village will also have a village coordinator, who will be responsible for the planning and distribution of work among the volunteers.

The registration form can be found here.

There will be a registration fee of Rs 300 per volunteer, per weekend which will cover travel and food expenses (Accommodation is free). The last date for registration is 1st January 2017.

For further enquiry fill the following form:

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Spread the Smile’16

Spread the Smile, an annual initiative by Disha founded in 2012, intends to bring the joy of science and interactive teaching to school children in villages around Pune. STS’15, conducted last year, was a significant success in terms of overall organization. However, the variety of the demonstrations and their execution could be improved upon. For this purpose, in STS’16, we have concept based modules, prepared by our Disha Resource Team, which have enough number of experiments. Problems also arose in villages where the schools were located on the outskirts of the village. In such cases, we observed poor participation on Sunday mornings in these schools, as the students were busy in usual weekend tasks. So, this time we are planning to hold Sunday morning activities within the village, hoping to involve people outside the school as well.

STS’15 got overwhelming support from colleges throughout Pune. We also got positive feedback from most of them. Previously, though, they were disappointed as they didn’t play a major role in the designing of demos, which was mainly done in IISER. Most of them weren’t able to come to IISER for meetings and workshops. Taking this into account, we visited those colleges which showed good participation last time and collaborated with them. This helped us in exchange of ideas and we got some useful inputs from them. In addition, the village coordinators visited their assigned villages in advance so that they get an idea about details regarding students, schedules of classes, food availability, accommodation, and so on. This year we have planned for expeditions on the weekends 16-17 Jan, 23-24 Jan, 30-31 Jan and 7-8 Feb to the villages Wazegar, Saaygaon, Kaamthadi, Kule, Asde and Kashig. Of these, Kule, Asde, and Kashig have never been visited before under the STS program.

Spread the Smile has always been a meaningful experience for volunteers.  They have benefitted from their glimpse of rural life, by getting out of their comfort zone. In the event of unforeseen problems, our volunteers have shown appreciable sense of responsibility and presence of mind, which such initiatives tend to develop in all of us. As organizers, we continue to learn and grow from our experiences, and try to plan better each year. Our biggest reward is, of course, witnessing the smile on those eager kids’ faces as they discover the joy of learning. Continuing our journey of 4 years, we will strive to make STS’16 an unforgettably pleasant experience for all the villagers as well as the volunteers.

If interested, please contact:
Mukta Joshi (  Mob.: +919763561133
Prachi Atmasiddha (  Mob.: +919168982016

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Reviews of Spread the Smile 2014

Please check out the link below to read the reviews of the village co-ordinators of the Spread the Smile program ’14.

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Spread the Smile : Kusgaon village

Disha IISER Pune part of its ‘Spread the Smile’ programme to conduct workshops in villages, visited the village of Kusgaon, located off the town of Shivapur on the Pune-Bangalore route.

On the first weekend, 10th and 11th of March, the session began with a Disha volunteers’ demonstration of toys and science experiment designed and inspired by Aravind Gupta. The demonstrations consisted of siphon, levitating pencil, motor (simple and magnificent), centrifugal pump (straw and valve tube), toothpaste pump, hovercraft, balloon bottle, straw flute, trumpet and balloon rocket.

In the afternoon, a session on arts was conducted. A session on leaf printing was conducted and the children painted design onto paper using leaves dipped in paint. Later, a project session was conducted.The topics chosen were very relevant to their village, such as water harvesting, water cycle, de-addiction, ill-effects of quarrying and waste water management.

After these discussions, conveniently placed, was a refreshing session of sports and games. The game for girls was one commonly known as Dukkar Musandi.  For the boys, the games played were different. The games were Rumal Pani , Kombda Yuddhas, Ghodesavar Yuddh, Dharmaguru etc.

The next morning, the activity planned was map-making or cartography. The children were divided into four groups and they were taken to four different directions. They were then asked to make a map of the village, a map to scale. This session lasted a full two hours. After this, the volunteers returned after lunch.

The next weekend, 17th and 18th March, began with a session on Biology experiments.

In the afternoon arts session, the volunteers taught the children a few stitches used in hand embroidery. . After this, the girls had a sports session in which they played a few of the games described above, such as Rumal Pani, Kombda Yuddh and Ghodesavar Yuddh. . During this time, a session on waste management was conducted for the girls.

The next morning, the weekly project session was conducted in which each group laid groundwork for their project by speaking to knowledgeable people of the village and observing the surroundings.

After an exhausting morning of work, the students were shown a movie, ‘I am Kalam’.

The third weekend, 24th and 25th, at Kusgaon saw visits by Dr. Srivatsan of IISER Pume. He demonstrated a lot of fun Chemistry experiments .

The next session was the weekly project session, where the students made the respective modes for their projects using the stationery.This was followed by a fun sports session in which they all played kho-kho, round runs (which is very similar to baseball), Chirghodi (in which a team makes a long line bending and holding the legs of the one in front and the other team members have to leap over them and test the strength of this ‘bridge’).

The next morning, the same project session continued in which they completed the model making. The models made were well-researched and innovative. The ideas that went into the making of those models were very creative and novel. After this, they were shown a movie – ‘Stanley ka dabba’. Then everyone dispersed for lunch and the volunteers returned. The volunteers, on the way, also visited AFARM, an institute at Shivapur which has a home-based water harvesting model.

The fourth and final weekend was set aside for the exhibition of the work done by the students. The village was celebrating a festival or jatra and it was decided that the models will be displayed during the festival. The morning session in the school turned out to be a fun session where the students were shown math puzzles, games and brain-teasers using the kits borrowed from the Innovative Science programme by NCL-IISER.

In the afternoon, the models were displayed and a small banner was made and hung in the backdrop. The exhibition was visited by the Panchayat members and other important members of the village community and the efforts of the students were appreciated by all. A few of the models had novel solutions to common everyday problems in the village and these did not fail to impress those who came to see it.

At sundown, the volunteers cleaned up the place and bade farewell to the children and promised to return. The children of Kusgaon are very enthusiastic and motivated and they seem to value the kind of exposure that is being given to them. Most of the children heartily make full use of the opportunities provided to them and experiment and learn a lot. They are also very creative and full of ideas. The volunteers managed to get a slight glimpse into the lives and issues of a rural environment.

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Spread the Smile : Mangdari and Katawadi-Kolawadi villages.

1st weekend ( 10th and 11th March 2012)

Mangdari is a small village situated 50 kms from Pune in Velhe taluka of the district.

The afternoon session in both Mangdari and Katawadi-Kolawadi consisted of demonstration of Science Toys. This was inspired by Arvind Gupta’s efforts in the same direction. The idea was to spread the fun and elegance of science in a simple way with readily available raw materials.

The science toys were demonstrated while some were made by the kids. These included Magnetic jumping frog, Straw centrifuge, Balloon magic, Fountain, CD Hovercraft, Newton’s disc etc.

Newspaper caps and straw flutes were the pinnacle of excitement for students in these sessions.

The evening session was a mixture of playing cricket with the kids coupled with participation in the Shiv-Jayanti festival.

The festive atmosphere in the village was magnified in the night session wherein a motivational speech by IPS officer Vishwas Nangare Patil was shown.

The next morning, map making was initiated where we taught first what exactly a map was. Then the students made maps of the temple room, playground and a small part of the village. It was followed by a very pleasant nature-walk. We went to the nearby forest. The kids described the trees around and it was amazingly beautiful and interactive.

 2nd Weekend: 16th and 17th March

The first session was discussion of projects. The students were divided into groups and they came up with ideas on what could be pressing problems in the village and the possible solutions that could be worked on. The ideas about the projects included using solar energy, de addiction, use of hydro-power for energy, waste management, medicinal plants, building a clean village etc. Some inspiring videos of Indian Innovators were shown.

The evening session was informal interaction followed by games.

After eating in a wedding dinner, the night session was thoroughly enjoyed as the movie ‘I am Kalam’ was shown.

The next day started with a physics experiment session in Mangdari and biology experiments in Katawadi-Kolawadi. The discussion in the Physics session started with the life story of Faraday. It was then connected to motors and generators. We then taught the students the making of a simple motor and a generator. This was followed by some optics experiments with emphasis on candles (this too connected to Faraday!). We showed them a pinhole camera which was already made. The students opened up the camera to observe its working. This was followed by prism experiments and related reflection and refraction experiments.

Paper craft(origami) followed next. The children made beautiful birds, lotuses and other craft from paper.

The biology session included showing the use of a microscope. The behavior of ant colonies was also explained.

A Planet Earth documentary was shown in the afternoon. Other short documentaries were also shown.

3rd Weekend: 24th and 25th March

The third weekend included interesting chemistry demonstrations.

The volunteers played sports like football and cricket with the kids.

 4th weekend: 31st April

The final weekend started with the distribution of many medicinal plants. The kids planted these plants.

The first session was a beautiful mathematics session headed by Dr.Anisa Chorwadwala. The session included discussions about the Mobius band. The kids made cylinders and Mobius bands and compared the two. This was followed by historical Konisgberg bridge problem (which was solved by Euler). We made a model of the problem and asked the kids to walk around the model. The kids came up with different reasons for the problem and a few were really close. Anisa ma’am then explained in very simple words the solution and encouraged the kids for solving the same for various other planar graphs. The students then came up with the ‘Triangle Inequality’. This was done by dividing them into ten groups and playing with straws of various sizes.

The second session was the project session.


The projects were : Water cycle, Rainwater Harvesting, Wastewater Management ,etc

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Spread the Smile : Asde village

Spread the smile activities at village Asde:


We visited Asde for 3 weekends and conducted different kinds of activities like class room activities, arts and fun activities,field activities and projects.


Class room activities:

  • Selected toys from Arvind Gupta toys
  • Physics experiments for 9th class students
  • Demonstration of exiting chemistry experiments


Field activities:

  • Construction of their own village model with clay. Children from 5th to 10th class from same village actively participated in this activity.
  • Drawing village map, children were formed into 4 groups and each group was assigned with one part of village and provided with a measuring tape. Now each group has to measure the their part of village and draw the map with proper scaling.



  • Constructing model of India’s National River linking Project(nrlp) using map and LEDs. Students were given plan of nrlp now they have to point all rivers in plan in large map and draw the path of rivers and their connecting links. They’ve attached each link with a LED. There are two parts in nrlp plan, we connected LEDs in series such a way that we can on the lights of one part of plan at a time so that we can differentiate two parts clearly.
  • Constructing model of Ideal village. Ideal village which has roads, electricity,solar street lights, purified drinking water supply to each home, biogas plants in homes,school and temple etc. we made all these structures using card board.
  • Construction of model biogas plant with card board
  • Model of home based rain water harvesting.


Arts and Fun activities:

  • Bandhani
  • Origami
  • In one session 5th class kids were divided into groups and each group has given specific material they have to do what ever they can do with that. Groups given match sticks, news paper, trashsh from home, wooden sticks and supplementary material like tape,thread,gum etc.



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Spread the Smile : Salumbre village


Spread the smile – Salumbre

1st weekend

Morning session:-

Arvind Gupta’s Science Toys demonstration. And children were asked to do some of these experiments by themselves.

Afternoon session:-

This session was held in two different villages (salumbre and golumbre). In this session, children were told to make a proper map of a part of village on given chart paper.

Night session:-

A speech by Mr. Vishwas  Nangare was shown to the children. After that a movie, I am kalam was shown.

Moring session:

Some of the videos of Indian Innovator were shown to the children so as to discuss with them the general problem they have in villages. It was a good interactive session. Children came up with many problems they face. And they were asked to suggest possible solutions that they feel can solve the problems. Four groups of 10 students each were made for four different projects.

2nd weekend

Morning session:-

Chemistry experiments

Afternoon session:-

Children were told to collect leaves of different plants and classify them as either monocot or dicot and also to identify different properties of plant.

Night session:-

Sky watching.

Morning session:-

Children were divided into four groups . Each group were given a project and each group was guided by one disha volunteer for how to start and work on given project.

3rd weekend

Morning session:

Total 12 groups of 6 students each were made. Each group was demonstrated with physics experiments and toys related to mathematics formulas. 10 different mathematical toys were also given to each group one at a time.

Physics projects:

1) Heat transfer experiment using coin , handkerchief and candle.

2) Refraction of light through slab

3) Sun light made up of seven different color (using prism)

4) Bar magnets and its properties

Mathematical formulas:-

1) Pythagoras theorem

2) (a+b)2 = a2 + b2 + 2ab

3) (a + b + c)2 = a2 + b2 + c2 + 2ab + 2bc + 2ca

Afternoon session:-

In this session, students were divided into two groups. One was asked to make a model of rainwater harvesting using mud. And second group was asked to collect all the necessary information required for working biogas plant. And told make a poster containing the information they have collected.

Night session:-

Movie- Stanley Ka Dabba

Morning session:-

Prof. A Natu gave a presentation about how most of the discoveries are inspired by Nature.

4th weekend:-  

Morning session:

Students were divided into groups and they were given some well -known mathematical problem to solve.

1) Königsberg Bridge Problem

2) Modular arithmetic

3) Euler’s characteristics for planner graph (V – E + F = 2)

4) Prisoner Dilemma using card game.

Afternoon session:-

A quiz based on sport, Mathematical logics, current affair and textbook based questions was conducted. Students enjoyed it a lot. It was fun.

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  Disha volunteers visited villages around Pune as a part of ‘Spread The Smile!’ program.It was a life changing experience for all the volunteers.

  The villages visited by the volunteers were Mangdari, Katawadi-Kolawadi, Kusgaon, Asde and Salumbre.

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Disha is visiting villages around Pune for four weekends starting from 10-11th March.

The purpose is to spread the awareness of science amongst children in rural areas in a friendly and innovative manner. The focus would be on interactive fun games, experiments and demonstrations,art and craft, role-plays and sports.

For registration,