Arvind Gupta, a former engineer became a visionary educationist through his capability of seeing things through the eyes of his inner child. By recycling trash, low-cost and locally available materials, such as plastic straws, CDs, pencils, rubbers, matchsticks and paper, funny, easy-to-make and replicable toys are created which bear the potential to explain basic concepts of mathematics, chemistry, physics, mechanics and biology. One of Arvind’s motto’s is ‘The best thing a child can do with a toy is to break it!’, so when it comes to the time to reassemble, the child will learn its working principle. In the mental activity of playing - taking apart - putting back together there is room for understanding and for personal creative processes.
Gupta is committed to bringing science to the people and to thrill them with its projects (have a look at his TEDx talk). He continues to amaze and inspire generations of students, teachers and academicians through his science popularisation movement. He has conducted workshops in thousands of schools revitalising village science programs across India. He shares his hands-on approach with a wide community of tinkerers and enthusiasts worldwide and, in the last three decades, has made more than 6000 short films on toy-making, wrote thousands of books and articles translated into 20 languages, which are all freely available (without any copyright restriction) on his website and on YouTube. His inspiring profile can be read at the dedicated Wiki page.