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Name  Arvind Gupta

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Education  Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
Books  Ten Little Fingers: Ideas & Activities in Science, Hands-on: Ideas & Activities, Little Toys, Thumbprints

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Arvind Gupta is an Indian toy inventor and popularizer of science.


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As a student in the 1970s in Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, Gupta became a socialist in belief but eschewed action-less discourse; he stated that instead he "placed more faith in small positive action than empty rhetoric." Gupta began his social service by teaching the children of the mess staff who had no opportunities for formal education.

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Gandhian in outlook, Arvind Gupta participated in the Hoshangabad Science Teaching Programme (HSTP) in Madhya Pradesh in 1978. While he was there he developed his idea of creating simple toys and educational experiments using locally available materials as well as items usually thrown as trash. These simple toys, he found, fascinated children and Gupta went on to make these as the hallmark of his movement of popularising science. His first book, "Matchstick Models and other Science Experiments" was reprinted in 12 languages. Gupta's website holds instructions, including short video clips on YouTube, in a number of languages, for making hundreds of improvised toys, which he makes available freely without copyright restrictions. Gupta draws inspiration from a number of people, including Gautama Buddha, George Washington Carver and his mother.

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His popular TED Talk: Turning Trash into Toys for learning gives an insight into his work and philosophy. This talk was among the 10 best TED talks compiled by Sir Ken Robinson and Sugata Mitra's 5 favorite education talks.

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Awards and recognition

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He has won several awards for his lifelong efforts at popularizing science and in designing teaching aids for young children. These include:

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  • Distinguished Math Teacher's Award, Association of Maths Teachers of India (AMTI) (2016).
  • 50 Most Talented Social Innovators Award, World CSR Day (2015).
  • IBN-Lokmat Prerna Award (2014).
  • The Dadhichi Award given by The Education Society, Ambarnath, Maharashtra (2012).
  • Sri Chandrasekarendra Saraswati National Eminence Award conferred by the South Indian Education Society, Mumbai (2011).
  • The TWAS (Third World Academy of Sciences) Regional Prize for Public Understanding and Popularization of Science (2010).
  • The C. N. R. Rao Education Foundation Prize for Outstanding Science Teachers (2010).
  • Prof. T. Navaneeth Rao Best Teacher’s Award, conferred by the A.V. Rama Rao Foundation and the IICT, Hyderabad (2010).
  • One-India One-People Award, conferred by the One-India, One-People Foundation, Mumbai (2009).
  • The Indira Gandhi Award for Science Popularization conferred by INSA(2008).
  • Prashant Padhye Award, conferred by the Prashant Padhye Cultural Trust, Satara (2005).
  • Prof. G. D. Parikh Memorial Award, conferred by the M.N. Roy Humanist Center for distinguished contributions in education (2004).
  • Garware Balbhavan Award, Pune for making science learning fun for children (2003).
  • The Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Kanpur in 2001
  • Mary McCurdy Award, conferred by the Council of Science Education International (CESI)for dissemination of science (2001).
  • Hari Om Ashram Award, conferred by the University Grant’s Commission (1995).
  • Ruchi Ram Sahni Award, for Science Popularization (1993).
  • Granthali Award, for the popular book KHEL in Marathi (1992)
  • National Association for the Blind Award,for designing appropriate teaching aids for pre-school visually impaired children (1991).
  • The inaugural National Award for Science Popularization among Children conferred by the DST, Government of India (1988).
  • Hari Bhau Mote Award, conferred by the Marathi Vigyan Parishad,for designing the Matchstick Mecanno (1988).
  • Award by Eklavya for suggesting the name CHAKMAK for a children’s science magazine in Hindi (1982).
  • Translation in Hindi

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    Arvind Gupta has translated over 150 books to Hindi.

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