Build A Jugaad Lab For Girls - A Safe Space For Little Innovators

Jugaad (Innovation) Lab is an out of the box and inspiring initiative of Feminist Approach to Technology (FAT), which creates a much-needed space for girls from disadvantaged communities to kindle their interest in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. This space more popularly called ‘the lab’ for girls is a place which sparks their imagination and aids their intellectual growth and development; a place where they can tinker, build, break and rebuild stuff to learn through hands on work and experimentation, all the while also learning STEM concepts. 
The lab was started as a pilot project in the beginning of 2015 in Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi with 8 participants and today we have a total of 20 participants from ages 10 yrs to 15 yrs, mobilized from government schools and low-income communities near Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi. The lab has regular two/three hour classes everyday in the afternoon where a study schedule is followed. New concepts of STEM are introduced, new projects are initiated and completed and after that, informal sessions on school work, issues at home etc are also discussed.

We now want to make the Lab a permanent space for young girls with regular classes and activities year after year.

The impact:
After ten months of attending the Jugaad Lab, there is a visible change in the girls. They now understand even advanced science and math concepts and love making new projects. Initially, the team had to push them to learn new things, now they come up with their own ideas to make things. They started with basic projects like photo frames and origami and now are building their own lamps, electric table fans, electric bells, DC motors, and many more. The Lab has become a place where they feel free to think, create, make, break and have fun as they learn. The girls enjoy the classes so much, they don't want to go back home.
Dustbins made by girls at the Lab being installed in the communityThe participants also have become the mouthpieces of the project and even encouraged their friends and relatives to join the Lab. Today, they proudly tell their teachers, family and peers about the new things they learn in class, and even recreate what they made that day at home. The sense of ownership and the lab being their space is so strong that during their exam months, they use the lab to study as well and take help from the team to understand lessons better.
Story: Dimag ki batti jalna!! Impact of STEM education at the center
When asked by the facilitator to narrate an incident on how they use what they learn at the lab, Sanjana narrated an incident where the TV was not working at her home and everyone thought it needed to be repaired by a mechanic. Sanjana checked the plug and saw that the wire connections inside it were loose. She re- connected the wires and the plug and TV started working again.

What is the ask
The team of FAT has developed a space called Jugaad Lab for Girls in Lajpat Nagar, Delhi. It is space that is built to hold classes of the lab. Now we need to raise funds to sustain and continue Jugaad Lab for Girls in Delhi and maintain the infrastructure of this safe space for girls. 

So for two months this year (November and December) we are aiming to raise Rs. 10,00,000 (Ten lakhs) for the Juggad Lab.

You can make a difference by donating for the following:

Stationary for classes
A month’s supply of chart paper, card board, mount board, thermacol sheets, sketch pens, permanent markers, sticker papers, paint, paint brushes etc
Raw material for making projects
Rs. 10000/-
A month’s supply of ply boards, plastic sheets, plastic boards, bottles, electric circuits, electrical wires, copper wire, duct tape, electrical tape, plug switches, bulb holders, electricity conductors etc
Raw material for making a solar lamp for their community toilet
Rs. 15000/-
Solar panel, converters, LEDs, batteries, resistors, LED holders, wires, soldering machine, multimeter, switches etc
Permanent safety gear for the Lab
Rs. 10000/-

Rs. 20000/-


Protective gloves – 10 pairs, 
Protective eye glasses – 10 pairs
Protective transparent face shields – 10 pairs
Protective vests – 10 pairs
Permanent tools for the Lab
Rs. 8000/-
Rs. 8000/-
Rs. 4000/-
Power saw – 2
Drilling machine – 2
Screw driver set – 10
Pipe wrenches – 4
Set of pliers – 3
Sheet sander - 3
3D Printer for the Lab
One 3D printer for doing printouts for final projects and exhibitions

Ask for an update
28th June 2018
On the 24th of June, 2018, we held a convocation for the Level 2 graduates of Jugaad Lab. 10 girls have graduated to Level 3 and we are very excited to continue teaching young girls how to build amazing things. This would not have been possible without the support of our well wishers and donors.

Thank you for the support! Also, thanks to Twitter for sponsoring a bag of goodies for the graduates.
18th January 2017
Past few months have been really exciting for Jugaad Lab as the girls got to explore their hidden talents, speak up their minds and contribute in the setting up of the new lab space!

In October, the girls visited Cherry Comet Instant Ice-cream outlet for an exposure visit to understand the technology behind making ice-cream using liquid nitrogen. It was an eye opening experience for them as so far they had only known that ice-cream is made using refrigerators. All through the visit, they were one bag full of curiosity and questions showing interest in the business model of the ice-cream outlet and asking questions like where they get liquid nitrogen from, how much electricity do they use, who has taught them this technique, etc.
Little Innovators at Ice-cream Factory
In November, we finally acquired a space exclusively for the lab. So far we had been sharing space with another project at FAT. So now, the girls started to design their own lab!
Little Innovators painting the Lab
As a step to share their learning with their community members, the girls organised a community exhibition in November showing all they have made at Jugaad Lab. This public exposure filled them with oodles of confidence; the ones who usually stay quiet during the classes were the ones who actually stepped forward and explained their creations to the audiences.

A big big thank-you for all your support.
6th December 2016
Thank you Mayank!
Thank you Monika!

You are among the first to begin our fundraising initiative. We have a long way to go, but thank you for the start off.

Please keep spreading the word for us. 
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Supporters (5)

Anonymous donated US $50
over 1 year ago

More power to you guys!

Aribam donated Rs.3,000
over 1 year ago

Am extremely happy to be a part of this initiative.

Ayan donated US $150
over 1 year ago

All the best.

Mayank donated US $25
over 1 year ago

Good initiative

Monika donated Rs.500
over 1 year ago