On 22nd September’ 2017, I began my journey for Teacher Training Program for Baal Nanadanvan School at Jamshet taluka in Dahanu. Reaching this school was a tough job for me. Tribes staying nearby were of great help to reach this remote school in the midst of forest.
I met the Prinicipal and respective teachers, they had some idea about the models. They had displayed the index of the models in charts on the entry of the science lab, making it easy to access the models. Mapping of models was done as per class and section. Their efforts made me happy.
I was about to begin with the training and suddenly there was power cut. Now what to do? But, no worries, teachers were there with a substitute plan. I began training. They had some idea, so they were involved in knowing models and techniques in detail. They were playing with Puzzles and Tangram. Their interactive and fun-filled approach helped me complete the training.
While, I was moving around the school, I saw students were climbing ropes tied to a huge tree. They were learning beneath the tree. Everything here in this school was very close to nature.
I am happy that I was a part of this TTP organized with the combined efforts of STEM Learning & Sewa Sahyog Foundation and Mini Science Centre was developed at Baal Nandanvan Nisarg School, Piwdiwada, Dahanu taluka, Palghar District.
My journey to Mangalore as a trainer to Mini Science Centre at Vidya Prasara Vidyamandira, Hejamadi, Mangalore was on 15th October’ 2018. It was basically for inauguration Mini Science Centre and Teachers Training Programme at this school.
Let’s know more about Vidya Prasara Vidyamandira School.
- The school was established in 1950 in the name of Hejamadi Kodi Vidya Prasara. It is an association primarily consisting of ex-students of the schools in the village.
- The school works with the aim to achieve zero school drop-out rate in the village as well as increase the literacy level. And also to advance the standard of education than currently available in nearby cities like a computer – E education.
The inauguration started at 1:30 PM in presence of all the members of the association, teachers, students, and the parents. Members of the school association were very inspiring with their words and actions.
Everyone present there seemed excited to know more about the MSC exhibits. The main attention grabbers were the Magic Water Tap, Maxwell’s Wheel, Newton’s Cradle, and the Infinity Tunnel.
Moving ahead I took the Teachers Training Programme of the Science teachers, I explained working principles of these exhibits by giving real life examples for all the 65 exhibits.
The co-founder of the school, Mr. Ravindra Puthran happy and impressed with my zeal towards the work. He wanted to know more about other scientific and technological things that can be done for the betterment of the students.
On a very serious note, I am very happy and grateful to STEM Learning for providing me this opportunity to play a role in the betterment of society through education.
STEM does not only stand for Science Technology Engineering Mathematics but also according to me it is paving the path for “Students to Think and Explore through their Minds”.
Here I conclude my short and sweet experience for this particular instance, but there are many more to come. So, stay in touch with us.
My first experience at Teachers Training Program (TTP)
After I joined in STEM Learning , my first Teachers Training Programme was in Govt. High School Salhewara, Chattisgarh. My journey began from Mumbai to Durg Jn. I was happy that I am part of STEMLearning which is working with an aim to provide Mini Science Centre’s across the remote areas of India. My journey from Durg to Salhewara was of 100 Km in the village like terrain. In this region mobile
connectivity was too weak, and I was wondering how the things would go. As I reached to school Mr. Vineet Das, Principal of the school happily welcomed me. I met with the teachers, and they were all were very curious to know about entire exhibits of Mini Science Center because they could never imagine of having such a center in their school. It was my first TTP and I wanted to give my 100%, so I started with high energy. We also played some games during training for refreshment of teachers. Training went very well and ended up by the
evening. After the training, I could see the happiness of teachers for our efforts
Trainer Rahul Gawai.
Education without knowing its actual application is incomplete learning. It's just like driving a plane, by going through the theories of the book. The results of riding a plane in such a way can be hilarious. So, think of our lives moving on just by the theories and no practical
education. For literature and social sciences, the major part of learning is of theory. So, for such subjects just learning, knowing, and relating with the terms work out well. But when it comes to STEM that is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, just theory can’t solve
the purpose of education. Students need to know the application or the practical implementation of what they are learning.
Practical education gives shape to your theoretical learning. You learn to implement the laws, theorems, and principles of the subjects. You are proactive, efficient and confident if you have a sound practical education combined with your theoretical knowledge. Practical education helps to enhance the skills of students. And later these skilled students become the skilled workforce of the nation, which in turn helps in strengthening the nation socially and economically. You have the skills, you are the master, you don’t need to ask for help every now and then. Illuminating the lives of students, transforming theoretical learning through practical education across India STEM Learning is striving hard to bring smiles to the lives of students and teachers. Students learn in the best practical way with the help of STEM MSC exhibits
and Tinkering Lab. We have reached many schools, teachers, and students and many more are yet to reached and get benefitted.
17 th September 2018, the day when I got the first chance to train teachers of Vivekananada Higher Secondary School, Valliyoor, Tirunelveli, TN. Even though I like teaching, I was nervous, still, I took this opportunity as a subtle challenge. On entering the school I met the chairperson, an aged man in his 80’s but still lively withhigh enthusiasm. I was happy to meet him and had a good discussion with him. Then I
met the Principal and teachers and introduced them to our program. I started the training in a playful mode with the help of MSC exhibits. I tried to make it entertaining and energetic so that each one is active and participating throughout the session. I met the students and motivated them as well. The day ended happily, I shared my knowledge but gained a lot from this visit that I will
STEM that is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics is more about practical-oriented learning rather than just the theories. STEM concepts are complicated tounderstand without observing its working in practice. So, STEM needs practical explanation with the help of exhibits or models. If this is taken care of cognitive understanding of the learner is sure to increase. Is STEM education essential? Yes, because a countries social and economic well-being majorly depends on STEM advancement. Realizing the scope of STEM India too is equipping with policies and practices to advance STEM. The Education sector is trying to implement STEM through smart classrooms, hands-on learning. Government is working on to support educational institutions to advance their libraries with practically engaging infrastructures. Also working on the concepts of language
labs, gamification, assessment systems and more. Private STEM Learning companies are helping schools to build up STEM centres and Tinkering Labs.
Many countries have realized the potential of STEM and are working on it. Japan has introduced national STEM frameworks for 2020. Other countries like UK, US, etc. are developing their curriculums based on STEM frameworks. It is all being done because STEM education is essential for progress and development of the nation.