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: 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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CSR: Encouraging Children’s Scientific Curiosity in Jammu

 

CSR: Encouraging Children’s Scientific Curiosity in Jammu

CSR: Encouraging Children’s Scientific Curiosity in Jammu

AGAR DUNIYA ME KAHI JANNAT HAI TOH
YAHI HAI, YAHI HAI, YAHI HAI.

Jammu & Kashmir, a state which is believed to be the heaven on earth has always been surrounded by politics, war, violence and appreciated for its beauty but was always neglected when it comes to duty.

In the Samba District, Jammu, STEM Learning played a very vital role in upgrading the education system for underprivileged students through CSR. We installed Mini Science Centre on 15th September, 2015 in Govt. H.S. School, Uttar Bihani. The CSR initiative was taken in collaboration with Lupin Foundation. Since then about 55+ students have been benefited. Mini Science Centre clarifies the concepts of science and tech more efficiently and help the teachers in making learning a fun process.

MRS. Romika Rajput, Mini Science Centre  in-charge Govt. H.S School said “Students get to learn so much in Mini Science Centre and enjoy it as well. Because it’s practical, students get to observe real objects and materials. They also get to learn laboratory skills. Their scientific attitude is being developed and learning by doing activity is generating interest”.

Aman Kumar, Student Govt. H.S School said, “There is a Mini Science Centre installed in our school unlike others, hence our school is different. The difference between me and my friends from other school is, they study in a school which doesn’t have Mini Science Centre, so they come to me for understanding the difficult concepts.” Aman always wanted to make a drone, he researched and found that drone has some limit up to which it can fly. Later when he observed floating fan in Mini Science Centre, he innovated that by adding more fans, the flying limit of drone could be increased.

Mini Science Centres are making students curious. Students are learning by observing STEM Mini Science models. Around 200 students now have access to Mini Science Centre in J&K district. It proved to be a huge help for the student.


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CSR

Isn’t CSR becoming the hot topic in business in recent years? But does anyone exactly understand why?

Because we need it. Our society, environment, community in which all the organizations work and are flourishing, they need to be taken care of. Corporations are using resources faster than nature can replenish them. This means, we are in resource debt, living as if we have many more planets to support our endeavours. But actually we have only one.

Our eco-system needs it because the corporations are harming our environment. There are a lot of organisations whose businesses are eventually resulting in contaminating air, water and our surroundings. So the least these organisations can do is to account for these kinds of externalities in business decisions.

A third and important reason that CSR has become a hot topic is that it is good for business! A properly implemented CSR concept can bring along a variety of competitive advantages, such as enhanced access to capital and markets, increased sales and profits, operational cost savings, improved productivity and quality, efficient human resource base, improved brand image and reputation.
We all want to feel good about the work we do to make money and the companies we support when we spend it. So it’s no surprise that when companies commit to do something good in the world. It is eventually brings a lot of benefits for them. It has been realised by the organisations that if they want stable future than they must contribute in creating one.

That is why CSR is still not having any impactful effect on the society. For which it must be understood by the corporations that they literally owe betterment towards the society as a lot of challenges are being faced because of them.

 


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CSR : L&T Technology Services organises Science Quiz & Model Making Competition

 

CSR : L&T Technology Services organises Science Quiz & Model Making Competition

Science Quiz & Model Making Competition Felicitation

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.

Science Quiz – A CSR Initiative of L&T Technology Services

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.

Model Making Competition – A CSR Initiative of L&T Technology Services

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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: 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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Skills-based volunteering can boost employee engagement

 

Skills-based Volunteering can boost Employee Engagement

Employee engagement is key to productivity. Productivity increases 20-25% in organizations with engaged employees; internal teams with engaged team members are 21% more productive; and “high engagement” is a key feature of the highest-performing employees.

In addition, strong employee engagement promotes a variety of outcomes that are good for employees and customers. For instance, highly engaged organizations have double the rate of success of lower engaged organizations. Comparing top-quartile companies to bottom-quartile companies, the engagement factor becomes very noticeable.

 

Brillio Employees teaching App making to underprivileged children

On 18th & 19th of January 2018, STEM Learning hosted an employee engagement activity with Brillio at Bangalore for Tinker Labs. The motive behind the event was to make volunteers of Brillio learn about Tinker labs so that they can also contribute to educating underprivileged children. The volunteers had an expertise in IT service, so STEM Learning aimed at utilizing their skills in making students learn more efficiently. Brillio provided us with more than 60 volunteers and STEM Learning & Brillio all together trained more than 100 students.

Tinker Labs are being developed by STEM Learning to develop innovative and creative skills among underprivileged children. Because being just a literate can never be enough in today’s world. We aim not only at enhancing the skills of the students but in adding up of more and more qualities in them so that they can build and make new solutions for the problems present today.  STEM Tinker Labs comprises of ‘do it yourself’ kits and equipment on- Science, Electronics, Robotics, Open Source Microcontroller Boards, Sensors and 3D printers, etc.

Brillio Employee Engagement Program - 2018
Brillio Employee Engagement Program – 2018

Around 100 students from 2 Government High School came for the training process. The students were in 8th and  9th standard, the language used for training process were English and Kannada, however, language has never been an obstacle for us. The reason behind this is that while teaching practically, language does not plays an important role.

This event also played a vital role in conducting an effective Employee Engagement Activity. It is important for every organization to conduct employee engagement activities so that sense of belongingness can be created among the employees. An employee goes through a lot of stress during work hours so if indulged in volunteering for any cause then they get immense satisfaction and it makes their inner self-happy.  This, in turn, helps in the betterment of their work performance.

 

 


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