Seeking to Encourage Children’s Scientific Curiosity Through CSR

The evolution of CSR in India in the last two-three years has led to an increase in the number of effectively managed social sector interventions & It is imperative for the businesses to gather adequate information and credible data for measuring performance, to know the success and accordingly proceed/align/re-align the strategies and achieving the desired results and outcome as planned.

Through Monitoring & Evaluation, STEM Learning helps donors, policy makers, implementers and other stakeholders to analyze the effect of their initiatives that they have conducted.

The focus of STEM Learning is not just to install Mini Science Centre (MSC), rather seek to increase STEM literacy and prepare young children for the demands of a 21-century society that will require them to learn sequencing, think computationally, problem-solve, and collaborate.

Simultaneously, We keep a continuous check on the school and students so that a record can be maintained of what changes have came in their learning process.

When asked that what changes are observed after the installation of Mini Science Centre, Ravi Kadam, STEM (Monitoring & Evaluation team), quoted, “As STEM science models are approved by SCERT boards of four states viz. Maharashtra, Goa, Chhattisgarh and Jammu & Kashmir. The teachers found the models useful and it helps them to explain the complex scientific & mathematical concepts with ease. Speaking about children, they tend to easily remember the concepts when they observe & handle the working models themselves. Instead of mugging up, they write what they experience.”

It can be concluded through the observations that after the installation of MSC, the school’s participation in science related competitions are increased. The students who have access to MSC are not afraid of science anymore. Mr Ravi further mentioned that students from Nakhava High School, Thane conducted small sessions on the roads in nearby area to explain working of Mini Science Centre models to common people.

The journey is full of obstacles and inconveniences. Many times M&E team members travel to the remotest areas. Like M&E team members visited schools in Shahapur taluka, a remote area; don’t have basic infrastructure too. Some classes were taken under the metal sheets. But when they got Mini Science Centre in their school the needy students got benefited through it. The moment we witness students getting benefited because of our efforts, that give us real joy. It makes all the difficulties turn into great memories.

– Ravi Kadam
Monitoring & Evaluation Team, STEM Learning


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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You need to be a genius to choose Career in Science – Reality or Myth?

 

You need to be a genius to choose Career in Science – Reality or Myth?

You need to be a genius to go into Science – Reality or Myth?

In a recent global survey of the state of Science, they tracked the efforts different countries are putting into science training. The survey was conducted in 14 different countries comprising both developed and developing economies. On the developed side, there’s Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore, UK and the US. Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Poland, Saudi Arabia and South Africa were also surveyed to provide a picture of the attitudes in emerging economies.

The research included the information regarding how the public viewed science. The results were pretty encouraging, as it was noticed that despite of cultural differences, people consistently feel that science has an overall positive impact on global society. About 90% of people were hopeful about the technology they felt science would enable, and 87% found its results fascinating. Similarly, more than 90% felt that science drives innovation.

But there is no rose without a thorn i.e. there are some areas of concern which does not understand the importance of science. Most people don’t recognise the impact science has on their daily lives & younger ones view themselves as sceptical of science. There is a common myth that science is only for geniuses. The majority still believe that the ability to understand science is proportionally equivalent to the one’s IQ level. The other problem is the attitude of parents. They may want their kids to get a solid science education, but if they’re indifferent to science themselves, their encouragement probably isn’t going to stick.

A strong majority viewed scientific progress as being important to society as a whole. But far fewer said that science was important in their daily lives, and most said they simply never think about science. Not surprisingly, these individuals are more likely to view science as boring and rate themselves as knowing little about it.

We at STEM Learning believe that Science & Technology is the real future. These are the tools which will help mankind in beautifully carving the future of the world. We have the vision that every child must be aware of the basic concept of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Every possible step is taken at STEM Learning so that we can spread interest about science among youngsters and an ecosystem can be built around science.

For developing the interest for science among underprivileged students, we provide them with Mini Science Centres which comprises of 65 tabletop plug & play models 33 colourful backdrops. By partnering with like-minded corporate through CSR, STEM Learning provides quality science education to students in the remotest corners of India. We opted for teaching students practically so that they overcome the fear of mugging up science concepts. And we believe that when they experience learning practically, the concept adheres to the mind effortlessly.


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CSR: Kalpataru Power Transmission empowers the Teachers with Hands-on Learning

 

CSR: Kalpataru Power Transmission empowers the Teachers with Hands-on Learning

Kalpataru Power Transmission empowers the Teachers with Hands-on Learning
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.

On 16th March 2018, Kalpataru Power Transmission Ltd. made an alliance with STEM Learning & conducted a CSR activity of Teacher Training Program in Baliyanagar Manekpur Primary School, Manekpur, Gujarat. The session went off very friendly and total 7 teachers were trained.

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.”

Teacher's Training Programme in Manekpur Primary School
Teacher’s Training Programme in Manekpur Primary School

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.

 

 


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CSR: Monsanto India aims to transform Educational opportunities in Marathwada

 

CSR: Monsanto India aims to transform Educational opportunities in Marathwada

Monsanto India inaugurated 11 Mini Science Centres in Marathwada
Monsanto India inaugurated 11 Mini Science Centres 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”

Peer to Peer Learning at Mini Science Centre – CSR Initiative of Monsanto India

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.


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CSR : HINDALCO Inaugurate Mini Science Centre at Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh

 

CSR: HINDALCO Inaugurate Mini Science Centre at Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh

IAS officer Mr Rituraj, SDM Devsar Inaugurating STEM Mini Science Centre at Singaruli

Corporate Social responsibility is a company’s sense of responsibility towards the community and environment in which it operates. The term generally applies to think out of the box and choosing the most appropriate way for social welfare. And “an investment in education pays the best interest.”

HINDALCO believes in “Winning smile… touching hearts.” Long before CSR found a place in the corporate lexicon, it was already textured in the group’s value system. For over 50 years, HINDALCO has worked in the hinterlands of India to better the quality of life of the underprivileged sections of society.

This time HINDALCO collaborated with STEM Learning and introduced Mini Science Centre at Shishu Mandir School, Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh. The Mini Science Centre will help to develop hands-on learning among 250+ underprivileged children. The vision was to provide underprivileged students with the opportunities as other normally get. They wanted to enlighten students from remotest areas with the fundamental concepts of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

The event became gracious with the presence of Mr Rituraj – IAS officer, SDM Devsar. HINDALCO HR Head – Mr Vishvanath Mukherjee, CSR Head – Mr Yashwanth Kumar, Rusen Kumar – Editor of India CSR Network, Marketing Manager of STEM Learning Mr Sadanand Shetty, also made the occasion overwhelming.

Mr Yashwanth Kumar quoted, “previously these kids were forced to go to the school but now the same kids are representing their state in various competitions.” While Mr Rituraj mentioned that “the place I belong to did not even have electricity, still I used to study for extra 6-7 hours after school under the lantern. Hard work always pays off, and today I am standing in front of you as an IAS officer.”

Chief Guest Mr Rituraj further thanked STEM Learning for coming up with the idea of Mini Science Centre. He asked students to take full advantage of the facilities that have been provided to them by HINDALCO and STEM Learning.

HR head, HINDALCO, Mr Vishwanath Mukherji believed that India will now get Engineers, Doctors and Scientists from Singrauli too. The interests show by the students in the region is so great that surely they will make their parents, region and the whole nation proud one day. Mr Russen Kumar, on the other hand, made students to take an oath that they will study 8 hours a day.


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Upgrading Education in Himachal Pradesh through CSR

 

Upgrading Education in Himachal Pradesh through CSR

Upgrading Education in Himachal Pradesh through CSR
Priyanka Negi, Student from Government High School Nichar, Himachal Pradesh Handling STEM Model

Himachal Pradesh, the state well known for its beauty is covered by lower Himalayas’ all over. The high mountains seem to protect the state from the four corners. Moreover, they stand so bold and firm motivating people. Likewise, the students of Govt S.S. School of Urni & Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh, will become an ideal for other underprivileged students. Because STEM learning & JSW foundation provided them with Mini Science Centres (MSC), which succeeded in upgrading the learning system.

STEM Learning reached out to the remotest areas of Himachal Pradesh (Urni & Kinnaur) where students walked for 2-3 kilometres to reach schools. We installed Mini Science centres in these schools through CSR with the aim of reaching out to the students. In MSC students have access to hands-on tabletop plug & play models and colourful backdrops which make learning easy and interesting.

Mr Suhas Diwan, Principal of Govt. S.S. School, Urni said “the Mini Science Centre that has been established by STEM Learning has all the working models so it has become easier for the Science teachers to explain the basic concepts to students” he further added “I heartily thank STEM Learning & JSW Foundation for providing such a wonderful facility to both the teachers and the students because of which the learning level of students has upgraded.

STEM Mini Science Centre

Priyanka Negi, a student of Govt. S. S. thanked MSC and said “it has given us such great optics to understand Science in a better way. She even told that beforehand the students just had to imagine the DNA and its working, but now they can study it through 3-dimensional models which make it easier to understand.

The journey from where we started and where we are is full of obstacles and difficulties. We can’t just provide the schools with MSC; we even have to train each teacher so that they can effectively teach the students. Also, people do not tend to have so adaptive nature, so it takes time for them to understand our vision and then to adapt it. A little progress each day adds up to the success.

This is not just our success. This couldn’t be possible without the support of our mission partners like JSW, who contributed their CSR funds towards the mission to promote science education among the rural & remotest areas of the country. An appreciation by media or government obviously makes us feel better but when we witness students reaching heights, the pride we feel is unmatched. When a student who is scared of science, when taught theoretically but creates their own innovations when provided with practical models and facilities, that is what our real success is.


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