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Articles sharing experiences on the need for STEM education, various developments and prospects available for the young kids in the field of STEM across the globe are prepared and presented on this platform.

CSR: RCF inaugurates Mini Science Centre at Alibaug

CSR: RCF inaugurates Mini Science Centre at Alibaug

With the motive of giving back to the society, Rashtriya Chemical & Fertilizers collaborated with STEM Learning and set up Mini Science Centre at RCF Secondary High School, Kurul. RCF gave a thought on the importance of enlightening young minds with the basic concepts of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and provided access to hands-on learning with Mini Science Centre (MSC) .

As a responsible Corporate Citizen, RCF believes that it has responsibility to all stakeholders, including the Society in and around its physical areas of operations. The company believes that it has to ensure optimal utilization of resources by promoting sustainable and inclusive development to benefit the society.

The Mini Science Centre was inaugurated on 20th March 2018 at RCF Secondary High School, Alibaug with the motive to develop hands-on learning among 694 children. The event became gracious with the presence of Mr. Hemant Kulkarni- G.M. (HR & Administration), Mr. Talwalkar – Senior Manager (P.R.O), Mr. Chowdhary – D.G.M. (Administration), , Mr. Deshmukh (Administration), Mr. Dhopkar P.R.O & Mr. Sadanand Shetty (Marketing Manager, STEM Learning).

Mr. Kulkarni emphasized the importance of Inquiry based learning and requested school teachers to fully utilize the facilities provided to them by RCF & STEM Learning.

RCF inaugurates Mini Science Centre at Alibaug

Where everybody just talked about quality education as a problem, STEM Learning came up with a distinct vision of solution as priority towards education. We join hands with corporations and help them in allocating their CSR in the field of educating underprivileged children.

Articles sharing experiences on the need for STEM education, various developments and prospects available for the young kids in the field of STEM across the globe are prepared and presented on this platform.

Brillio Employees nurturing the Innovative Mindset of Needy Students

Brillio Employees nurturing the Innovative Mindset of Needy Students
Brillio Employees Engagement Program – Tinker Lab Volunteer Engagement

STEM Learning had an opportunity to conduct employee engagement programme with BRILLIO at Bangalore for Tinker Lab on 18 & 19 January 2018. The objective was to imbibe futuristic skill sets among underprivileged youngsters by providing them with access to multiple technologies and enabling them to build/make new solutions to solve challenges they see in their communities.

On 18 January 2018, The programme started off with training the Brillio volunteers to develop a mobile application which could convert text message into speech and secondly to design 3 dimensional model and 3d print the same. 60+ volunteers from Brillio were trained. Volunteers were so excited and motivated to contribute their strength and knowledge with children from low income school. Their active participation and sense of responsibility showcased while training & in advance preparation for the next day said everything about the volunteers.

The level of enthusiasm in the volunteer’s eyes was so noticeable when they successfully printed their 3D dice. Volunteers were excited and motivated to share their knowledge with underprivileged children.

Brillio Employees Training Session – Tinker Lab Volunteer Engagement

The next day, session was conducted in Government school of Domlur and Jayanagar for 6 hours. The classroom was ready with computers, 3D printer and power connection. The classroom was ready with computers, 3D printer, power connection. The students were divided in small groups and volunteers began their sessions. Total 25 volunteers participated and spent 6 hours each on that day, sharing their knowledge and expertise with children and teacher. We had 100 students participating in Tinker session for App development and 3D printing.

Children were very excited when they were introduced to session and many interesting questions were asked. Volunteers taught 8th standard students to build their 1st mobile application which could speak. We saw students typing messages for their friends, teachers and volunteers. They were very excited and happy to hear the messages they have typed. One child solving other child’s problem, communicating and sharing ideas was worth observing. Totally engrossed in their tinker session, asking questions, few groups were way ahead and started designing 3D car, speaking calculator application, speech recognizer application and many more.

9th standard students were busy designing their first 3d dice model with help of volunteers. Every group wanted to make the best possible design for their dice with some making the edges curve, smooth, pointed, size of their dice, converting from one measurement unit to other. Children printed their own designed dice and played with it. Teachers were also trained by the volunteers.The long term plan is to handhold the teachers and prepare them for tinker session with help of strong volunteer program.

The day ended up with lots of happy faces, new ideas, experiences and learning. The tinker lab session benefited children, teacher as well as the volunteers. The success totally belongs to Brillio Volunteers. Their willingness to contribute for social welfare helped us in making the event successful.

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CSR: Creating Tomorrow’s Scientists – Nurturing STEM in Tamil Nadu

CSR: Creating Tomorrow's Scientists - Nurturing STEM in Tamil Nadu
CSR: Creating Tomorrow’s Scientists – Nurturing STEM in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu, a state from where India and science got A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, tends to produce more and more intellectual students. No matter students are from urban area or remotest one, everyone desires to be another Abdul Kalam. STEM Learning with the support of Redington India, reached out to the students of Grace Matric H. School, Ranipet and Govt. H. School, Kothapalli to provide them with the steps to fulfill their dreams and introduced hands on table top plug & play models which benefited 300+ students. STEM Learning also has introduced Mini Science Centres in Hosur & Cuddlore, Tamil Nadu.

Mrs. Tamaraik Chilvi, Science teacher at Grace Matric H. School said “Most of our students come from the rural areas so we had communication problem, we had to explain both in Tamil and English which takes too much of time and students got bored.” But after the successful implementation of Mini Science Centre (MSC), learning STEM became way more interesting for the students.

Mrs. Vanitha, Physics teacher, Govt. H. School, said “In Mini Science Centre, there are 65 working models which are very useful for the children and we are glad to have one, because STEM working model made learning easy and interesting.”

Dr. Kadilya, Principal of Grace Matric H. School, Ranipet quoted “On behalf of the management, staff and students of school, we thank Redington Team and STEM Learning for providing us MSC. The students have been greatly benefited through it. It makes the teaching resources easy and very much available for the students. And I am sure that MSC will be a great asset to our institution in the years to come. Special thanks to STEM learning for their initiative in making the education practical and fun to learn.”

STEM Learning continues to enhance education beyond books and we believe that this initiative will be an asset for the growth of the Nation.

Articles sharing experiences on the need for STEM education, various developments and prospects available for the young kids in the field of STEM across the globe are prepared and presented on this platform.

CSR: Mahanagar Gas Empowering Teachers in the slums of Dharavi

 

CSR: Mahanagar Gas Empowering Teachers in the slums of Dharavi

CSR - Empowering Teachers in the slums of Dharavi
CSR – Empowering Teachers in the slums of Dharavi

On 5th April 2018, Mahanagar Gas Limited in collaboration with STEM Learning conducted Teachers Training Program at Shri Ganesh Vidhya Mandir. In accordance with vision of Mahanagar Gas Limited, its CSR initiatives supplement its contributions for environment protection, development of healthy and enlightened citizens, social welfare and sustainable community development through its social initiatives.

In total 14 teachers from Shri Ganesh Vidhya Mandir and Maulana Azad English High school were trained so that they can efficiently pass on their knowledge to their students using Mini Science Centre. Mr. Vinod Singh Negi – Deputy CSR Head, Mahanagar Gas Limited graced the occasion.

Teacher’s Training Programme in Dharavi

Mrs. Darshana D. Nagare, Science and Math teacher quoted, “Models are very useful, easy to teach concept of science.”

“Math models are very easy to understand like area of a circle, Pythagoras theorem. All the models are good.” Further added by Miss. Kavita Vishwakarma, Math Teacher, M.A. English High school, Dharavi.

The trainers’ response was also overwhelming. They said, “all the teachers were paying attention as they were interested to learn the basic old concepts in new practical way as well as they felt that students would love this method of learning.”

While STEM Learning is an organization aimed to facilitate and implement Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in education sector. As a social enterprise, it is committed to empower underprivileged children with the basic concepts of STEM.

Articles sharing experiences on the need for STEM education, various developments and prospects available for the young kids in the field of STEM across the globe are prepared and presented on this platform.

The Prevailing Education System In India

 

The Prevailing Education System In India

The Prevailing Education System In India
The Prevailing Education System In India

A sound education system is the foundation of sustained growth of a country. But What if you have an ailing education system? That does not provide quality education.

The students of the public school systems in India are lagging massively behind in terms of learning outcomes according to the National Achievement Survey (NAS), conducted by National Council for Education and Research (NCERT).

The Indian students are lagging behind in terms of learning outcomes according to National Achievement Survey (NAS), conducted by NCERT. The numbers are especially stark in Mathematics with national average of 64%, 54% and 42% of class 3rd , 5th and 8th respectively.

A district-wise report of all 700 districts was released this January taking account of results of competency tests held last November in Mathematics, Language, Environmental Science, Social Science and Science. The exercise covered 22 lakh students from 1.1 lakh schools.

Rajasthan and Karnataka fared the best in terms of language and Mathematics at the three levels while Arunachal Pradesh and Jharkhand are the worst performers. The capital New Delhi showed miserable numbers especially at Class 8th level where only 32% students in English language and 34% in Mathematics could answer correctly.

According to a report in Times of India, 95% of students do like attending school but face severe lack of facilities like infrastructure, electricity, toilet facilities, drinking water facilities etc. The information is gleaned from the state wise analysis of the 2017 NAS report which was tabled in the Parliament this March.

According to a report in Hindustan Times, average enrollment in public schools across 20 states fell by 13 million whereas private schools gained 17.5 million new students within the period from 2010-11 to 2015-16. The results also display a burgeoning divide between private and public education. This form of education elitism between the two systems of educational dispensation can engender further problems, if left unarrested.

But every problem comes with a solution, Instead of focusing on memory building, learning outcomes highlight the concepts comprehension in the respective subjects and how to apply those concepts.

HRD ministry has indicated that it will come up with intervention programmes based on the NAS data. But what is needed is more action than rhetoric. For India to realize its demographic dividend, educating and employing the youth is paramount. If the trend continues its dangerous trajectory we might end up creating a bigger population of illiterate and unemployable young people adding to the already over stressed employment sector.

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CSR: HINDALCO MAHAN Conducts Teachers Training Program in Singrauli

 

CSR: HINDALCO MAHAN Conducts Teachers Training Program in Singrauli

CSR: HINDALCO MAHAN Conducts Teachers Training Program in Singrauli

Technology is upgrading day by day and hence to achieve its maximum potential; it must be harnessed and implemented properly. This requires that the facilitator, the teacher must possess a certain set of knowledge and skills to understand how and when various teaching aids best support their curricula. And so teachers must also be provided with the proper training before being handed new teaching aids.

We at STEM Learning provide teachers of remote location schools with easy to handle Plug & play models (Mini Science Centre) & proper training so that they can teach students efficiently. Because, if teachers won’t exactly know how the models work then how can we expect them to enlighten students. So for achieving the goal, it is made sure that the teachers are trained properly.

Recently, HINDALCO MAHAN collaborated with STEM Learning and installed Mini Science Centre at Saraswati Shishu Mandir in Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh. After the installment, a successful Teachers Training Program was conducted by the trainers of STEM Learning. 5 teachers were trained during the program with the purpose of bridging the gap between textbook knowledge and enquiry based learning. 3 HINDALCO MAHAN CSR co-ordinators were also present. The whole program – Mini Science Centre & Teachers Training were supported by HINDALCO MAHAN.

CSR: HINDALCO MAHAN Conducts Teachers Training Program in Singrauli

Mr. Jay Prakash Pandey, Science Teacher, Sarswati Shishu Mandir quoted, “Such kind of teaching aids are very useful to us for teaching purpose , please provide such training for time to time to keep our knowledge updated.”

Mr. Prabhakar Bais, CSR Cordinator – HINDALCO MAHAN shared his views, “The models provided by STEM Learning are very good; also the training session was very fruitful for all the teachers including us. It was very interesting and we enjoy it.”

There are some corporations that do not consider social welfare as their responsibility. On the other hand, there are firms like HINDALCO MAHAN which tries serving back to the society in each possible way they can. And we need more firms having same positive attitude towards the society for the betterment of our future.

Articles sharing experiences on the need for STEM education, various developments and prospects available for the young kids in the field of STEM across the globe are prepared and presented on this platform.

3 Ways Your Organization Can Benefit From Employee Engagement

 

3 Ways Your Organization Can Benefit From Employee Engagement

3 Ways Your Organization Can Benefit From Employee Engagement

Employee Engagement has become a focal point in today’s workforce because companies are finally beginning to grasp that in order to keep their clients happy, they need to have happy, engaged employees. The findings of the Gallup Study of 2008 shows that while the engaged employees believe they can contribute to company’s growth, the disengaged employee believes otherwise, i.e. his job does not contribute to the organization. This belief of the disengaged employee creates negative spiral that affects his work, co-workers, clients, productivity and eventually both happiness of employee and company performance.

Employee engagement does not only refer to the job which he is paid for. The biggest happiness for the employees will be, when its organization wants their participation in the activities which are more social rather than materialistic. They will get the sense of belongingness and satisfaction which will directly enhance their productivity.

Team Building Activity
STEM Learning introduced Employee Engagement Programs, where employees join hands as a team to set up Mini Science Centre. They perform as volunteers and help us setting up the centre and in enlightening the students. They even volunteer in setting up of Tinker Labs and in conducting various competitions.

HSBC Student Competition Felicitation – Pune

Working Towards A Social Cause
Employees get the feel of working towards a social cause through CSR activities like MSC installation, Tinker Lab Employee Engagement Program. When the employees actually dedicate volunteering hours in schools, they get connected to the underprivileged children and they try to help them in the best possible way they can. They feel proud and honored because of the CSR works that their organization is doing and feels satisfied as they are working for a social cause.

Happier Employees
While conducting various competitions, they get nostalgic as they witness children behaving competitively and trying their best for being awarded. The volunteers perfectly gel up with the children of the remotest area which makes them so happy that they literally forget track of time and are not concerned about finishing up their work soon. During the time of felicitation, when volunteers call the winner’s name, the smile on the face of that student is something which can be cherished for lifetime.

Articles sharing experiences on the need for STEM education, various developments and prospects available for the young kids in the field of STEM across the globe are prepared and presented on this platform.

CSR : HSBC Employees bring Smiles to Underprivileged Children

 

CSR : HSBC Employees bring Smiles to Underprivileged Children

CSR : HSBC Employees bring Smiles to Underprivileged Children

Under HSBC CSR Initiative, HSBC joined hands with United Way Mumbai & STEM Learning to foster the Scientific Temperament & Hands-on Learning among Underprivileged Children.

The Hongkong and Shanghai Bank Corporation Ltd, India is committed to corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and demonstrates this by contributing to the economic and social development of the communities. HSBC believes that engaging employees in community investment programme is an opportunity to ensure that funds contributed are used for the purpose for which they have been given.

In September 2017, 100 HSBC employees dedicated 300+ hours to install mini science centre in 19 schools. Mini Science Centre (MSC) is innovative and interactive with a hands-on approach to teach the concepts of Science and Math. This modern way of teaching not only helps students to understand the concepts easily but also to implement them for the progress of the society. Each Mini Science Centre consists of 65 table-top working Science models which are informative, easy to grasp and have in-depth manuals (available in English and four other regional languages). STEM Learning trains teachers so that they understand the models, empowering them to make the learning experience fun and memorable.

Model Making Competition – A CSR Initiative of HSBC

In November 2017, STEM Learning in association with HSBC organized Science Quiz & Model Making Competitions for Nurturing the creative talent and innovative mindset of the students. The whole competition took place between 18th of November till 9th December. Inter-school and intra-school rounds were held in November, while the finals & gala event took place on 9th of December. 16 schools participated in intra-school competition. The quiz entitled with 25 questions where HSBC volunteers asked question to groups of 5 students each. The answers were in multiple choice pattern and 2 groups from each school were selected for the finale.

The final gala round was held at Eknathrao Khese Vidhyalaya on 9th December 2017. Total 420 students collectively from quiz competition and model making competition participated, where 35 HSBC employees were engaged for more than 175 volunteering hours.

Science Quiz Competition – A CSR Initiative of HSBC

The students enjoyed all the competitions and were always ready with the answers before the options were given. The volunteers also left the event with lots of happy memories. Ratna Gangapure, HSBC Employee quoted in Gala Event, “Feeling very proud to be over here today. The environment was full of spark, enthusiasm & positivity. The desire to win & determination to be perfect in whatever we do coming out from the students is very encouraging, Thanks HSBC & STEM Learning for giving us the opportunity.”

Sumona Ganguli – CSR Manager, HSBC said, “It’s a very happy feeling when culmination of a project is extremely successful.”

There are a lot of things for students to learn outside the confines of a textbook; events like these help them explore such avenues and learn through science-fun. We need to encourage more events that have immersive learning and enhance scientific knowledge.

Articles sharing experiences on the need for STEM education, various developments and prospects available for the young kids in the field of STEM across the globe are prepared and presented on this platform.

CSR: RCF conducts Teachers Training Program in Alibaug

 

CSR: RCF conducts Teachers Training Program in Alibaug

CSR: RCF conducts Teachers Training Program in Alibaug

Teachers are often faced with the challenges at various levels of academic progress. Knowing how to connect with all students regardless of their aptitude level is critical to ensure that the educational material is effectively disseminated to each student. Armed with the knowledge of how to make learning engaging & fun, teachers can more readily maintain academic requirements.

On 15th March 2018, Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers Limited (RCF) aligned with STEM Learning and conducted a Teachers training Program at RCF Secondary High School, Kurul. 10 teachers were trained to bridge the gap between textbook knowledge & inquiry-based learning. Smt. Meena Yashwant Kund, Science Teacher, RCF School quoted, “All Mini Science Centre Models models are good and easy for students and teachers to handle. It is a very good combination of fun, play and cultivating scientific outlook in students mind.” Mrs. A S Lele, Science Teacher added “Math’s models are very good, it produces curiosity among students. It helps students to be engaged in learning activity.”

The Training program went on very smoothly. Teachers were very enthusiastic and interested in learning the working of plug & play models. Even though the school was one of the centres of Board Exam, still they provided the best facilities they can.

CSR: RCF sets up Mini Science centre in Alibaug

The trainers were also very satisfied by the Teacher’s Training Program. The locality of the school was very beautiful and peaceful. The Centre room was nicely managed , all the models were kept at proper distance. Teachers with adequate basic concepts gave instant real life applications after demonstration. Principle of the school also attended the training program.

With the motive of giving back to the society, corporations collaborates with STEM Learning and helps in conducting Teacher’s Traning Program, so that teachers are well informed to enlighten students. As a responsible Corporate Citizen, Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers Limited (RCF) believes that it has responsibility to all stakeholders, including the Society in and around its physical areas of operations. The company believes that it has to ensure optimal utilization of resources by promoting sustainable and inclusive development to benefit the society.

 

Articles sharing experiences on the need for STEM education, various developments and prospects available for the young kids in the field of STEM across the globe are prepared and presented on this platform.

Brillio Volunteers Celebrated Volunteering by Imparting the Scientific Learning

 

Brillio Volunteers Celebrate Volunteering by Imparting the Scientific Learning

Brillio Volunteers Celebrate Volunteering by Imparting the Scientific Learning

One of the greatest gifts anyone can give is their time. On Wednesday, 5th December on the occasion of International Volunteer Day, 60+ Brillio volunteers dedicated their 240 hours for imparting scientific learning among underprivileged students. The Brillio volunteers explained complex Scientific & Mathematical concepts with the help of Mini Science Centre models.

At Brillio, “Bringing Smiles” is the theme of their Global Corporate Social Responsibility initiative. It essentially stands for bringing joy and smiles to young minds through digital technology and technology intervention. The CSR journey of Brillio started in 2015 with the belief that to build a great company, fulfilling social responsibility is also necessary.

The concept of Mini Science Centre was developed by STEM Learning to provide students from the remotest area with the access to Science and Tech Learning. In rural areas schools can’t even afford to have proper infrastructure, so having adequate exhibits to learn science concepts is a mere illusion. STEM Learning wanted to bridge this gap by providing them access to Mini Science Centre.

Brillio found the idea of Mini Science Centre as an asset for the education system and hence collaborated with STEM Learning for its CSR activities.

Shivam, Volunteer from Brillio said “It was a nice opportunity; it made me happy in teaching kids and witnessing their excitement. Another volunteer Chaitra added “It was a great experience, not just because we were feeling nostalgic. For me it was not just a revision, but also teaching these young bright kids was a great experience. So thank you for giving me such a great opportunity.”

Under Brillio CSR Initiative, The Mini Science Centres were successfully installed in 6 Schools at Bangalore. Brillio literally brought smiles on the faces of not only students but the event also made volunteers happy. The volunteers felt the sense of satisfaction as they trained the students who were lagging behind because of the social inequalities. And students experienced the fun way of learning Science & Mathematics.