STEM Learning’s CSR Program Implementation details from Rajasthan region
Presence In Districts
With the aim to reach every government school in every rural area, STEM Learning has been relentlessly working to provide high quality education to underserved students. STEM Learning arrived at Rajasthan to bring about a change at the grassroots. Rajasthan has a literacy rate of 66.11% and the population is 6.89 crores as per www.census2011.co.in. The Rajasthan government aims to provide opportunities by imparting education to the society. STEM Learning stands with Rajasthan government in its endeavour to promote & improve the quality of education in the state. And thus, STEM Learning, CSR implementing partner for the installation of Mini Science Centres (MSCs), has been committed to enhance the basis of learning by doing.
Each MSC contains 80 exhibits which explain science and math concepts as per the syllabus of 5th to 10th standard and hence are a prerequisite for higher school students. These models can be carried to the classroom and it makes it easier for many teachers to have access to various models simultaneously. The sustainable solutions of STEM Learning ensure a lasting impact. The concepts learnt by students in the classrooms with the help of the MSC exhibits stay with the students. It has been noticed that students who learn by understanding tend to retain information easily.
With the support of our 5 partners, STEM Learning has been instrumental in installing MSCs in 30 schools in the state of Rajasthan. STEM has partnered with JSW, Kalpataru, LBCT, Lupin Foundation and Vedanta in the districts and states of Barmer, Bharatput, Jaipur and Ringus.
With an aim to reduce rote learning and encourage learning by understanding, STEM has created MSC exhibits. These exhibits are colourful, attractive and keep the student engaged to explore and gain from its benefits. It has been noticed that post the installation of MSCs in the 30 schools, the engagement levels among students has been amplified. The teachers do not need to intervene like before, as the interactive models spike the curiosity of students. The students keep playing with the models and interim learn the mechanism and grasp the concept. While interacting with each other, they communicate what they experience, and learn and teach in the process. STEM Learning stands with Rajasthan government in its endeavour to promote & improve the quality of education in the state.
The easy to understand, easy to use and light weight exhibits are the perfect accompaniment for science and math classes. These models facilitate a kinesthetic learning approach which is a hands-on learning experience. A 15% increase in the inquisitiveness of students is seen with the introduction of MSC models in classroom. Students today need to have an immersive learning experience where they can see, touch, explore, and MSC fulfils this gap between the need of the students and the reality of the education system. These models facilitate a kinesthetic learning approach which is a hands-on learning experience. With the help of these exhibits, 12,000 students are confident in their abilities and as a result peer-to-peer learning is seen among students which denote that MSC models empower students to become independent learners.
The comprehensive ‘Teacher Training Programs’ are much appreciated, so far 120 teachers have been trained through this program. Once the MSC is installed the ownership is transferred to the school. STEM Learning provides maintenance service to encourage maximum usage of the exhibits as well as keeps a record of the daily usage by the teachers. This helps STEM to gain real time perspective of the impact of the MSC exhibits used.
Due to this approach in learning, 2 schools from Rajasthan have participated in the National STEM Awards held on February 2020 in Bengaluru. This competition was held at the district/city level, zonal level and national level over a period of 2 months.