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.
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.
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.
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.
CSR: Mahanagar Gas 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CSR : L&T Technology Services organises Science Quiz & Model Making Competition
Competitions improve one’s knowledge of things. They are designed to promote, a fun way to study and in the process helps improving one’s general knowledge. These competitions enable students to think from different angles or simply “to think out of the box”. Some educational institutes use it as a brief assessment or tool to measure the growth in the knowledge, abilities and / or skills of their pupils on either a general level or restricted to specific fields for instance, science, mathematics etc.
On 20 March 2018, L&T Technology Services and STEM Learning conducted a Science Quiz & Model Making Competition Gala event – Under “Naya Savera – A CSR Initiative of L&T Technology Services” at NMMC School No. 76, Ghansoli. Total 480 students from three schools participated in the event. Ms. Aruna Ranganathan- CSR Manager, L&T Technology Services graced the occasion. In felicitation event, she emphasised the importance of Science & Technology education. She encouraged the students to pursue Engineering and join L&T.
Mr. Ashutosh Pandit, Managing Director STEM Learning made the occasion overwhelming by his presence. He quoted, “We are always there to help students & teachers. We encourage students to use technology to the fullest. There are plenty of career opportunities in basic Science & I students to check them out.”
Students from Ghansoli thanked L&T and STEM Learning for conducting the competition and for motivating them to perform well in other such events. Teachers there were so grateful for the initiative taken by both the teams and mentioned that earlier there was less exposure to practical learning but because of Mini Science Centre & Competitions, students are exposed to the real practical competitive world.
L&T & STEM Learning put the efforts to kindle scientific temperament among underprivileged students. L&T Technology Services is committed to promoting a culture of caring, trust, and continuous learning, while meeting the expectations of all stakeholders and the world at large. They undertake several transformational initiatives that contribute towards community empowerment and all-round societal development.
CSR: Kalpataru Power Transmission empowers the Teachers with Hands-on Learning
No education system in the world has excelled without making a significant investment in building a cadre of quality teachers. Yet teacher’s training is one of the weakest links in the education system. Teachers, especially those who serve in the poorest of rural and urban areas need to be trained & prepared to deal with extremely diverse classrooms of mostly first generation learners.
As a responsible corporate citizen, Kalpataru Power Transmission believes that sharing a success with the larger communities and societies is both a responsibility as well as an opportunity to bring difference and betterment in the lives of people and help them become part of the mainstream development.
Mr Dineshchandra M Vaghela, Science Teacher, Baliyanagar Manekpur Primary School quotes, “Mini Science Centre Models are very simple and easy to handle. Teaching will become easy and it will save the energy and time of teachers.”
We at STEM Learning are not only concerned with providing students with access to inquiry-based learning but we also empower teachers with easy teaching aids so that their teaching proves to be efficient. We collaborate with corporate India for setting up the Mini Science Centres & conducting Teachers Training Programs in underprivileged schools as it creates the tremendous impact on the lives of students.
Teachers are not only the building block of our education system but also the stepping stones towards a brighter future of our nation.
CSR: Monsanto India aims to transform Educational opportunities in Marathwada
Education is the passport to the future, tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. And to prepare the underprivileged children for the competitive future, it is necessary to enlighten them with the fundamental concepts of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
A move made by Monsanto India Limited in partnership with STEM Learning and United Way of Mumbai (UWM) will bring a drastic betterment in the life of underprivileged children in Maharashtra. 20 Mini Science Centres will be established in Government schools across Marathwada region at Maharashtra. The aim is to benefit over 10,000 school children over a period of two years between 2017-19. Monsanto is an agriculture company and hence chose drought-affected region- Nanded for the establishment of MSC.
The concept of Mini Science Centre was introduced by STEM Learning, in which students have access to 65 hands-on tabletop plug & play models and 33 colour coded backdrops. All these amenities help to make learning a fun and interesting process. Through these models, students learn quickly and they don’t find studying boring.
11 Mini Science Centres had already been established this year on 9th February, the remaining would be launched in the coming year. Prachi Nautiyal, Director of Corporate Partnership UWM; Pratapsingh Kale, Territory manager, Traits- Monsanto graced the inauguration event with their presence. It was an overwhelming experience as they came to visit an area like Nanded which is far from metros like Mumbai & Pune.
CSR & Sustainability Lead, Monsanto India, Dhanalakshmi Ramachandra quoted, “Science is a fascinating subject. The concepts taught using textbooks often limit students understanding and consequently reduce their interest to learn more. Setting up of MSC’s will enable children to explore concepts and also provide a better understanding of Science”
The concepts taught in the MSC are NCERT and Maharashtra state board approved concepts, providing practical knowledge for the students of class V to X. The models, backdrops and manuals are in local languages which help students as well as teachers to understand concepts efficiently.
The enhancement provided by Monsanto India & STEM Learning in the learning process will eventually end up in benefitting not only the students but the entire country because a whole new group of underprivileged children will also be the bright part of this competitive world.