An online program in STEM learning started by IIT Gandhinagar to engage students
To develop basic conceptual understanding and critical thinking in Mathematics and Science among students, Centre for Creative Learning (CCL) at the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IITGN) has launched an online program.
The ‘30-30 STEM’ program has been introduced in collaboration with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune (IISER Pune).
The learning in the course will be offered via online platform to teachers, students, and their parents. It will aim to make STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) learning more engaging. Around 30 online live sessions will be held every Sunday for 30 weeks. The sessions will generally cover the topics of classes VI to XII.
The idea of the course is to promote conceptual and creative thinking through hands-on exercises, stories, and interdisciplinary study.
For the first time in India, the online education program also uses a live poll platform to engage and interact with more than one lakh viewers live. The poll gives a sense of their conceptual clarity. The responses chart of the live poll question is displayed on the screen in real-time.
The first one-hour live session was held on August 16 on the theme of ‘Adventures of A4 Paper’ that creatively explained topics like the distance between Earth and Moon, ratio and proportion, similar triangles, length, and volume, octagon, and so on.
The next 29 weekly sessions will include topics, and puzzles such as discovering Math inside the calendar; combinatorics with playing cards; knowing our gut; how animals interact (to discover the science behind it); 3D visualisation with kheera (cucumber); ICT tool GeoGebra to understand the concepts of geometry, algebra, statistics, and calculus; geometry with dough and broom-sticks, among others.
“This is an initiative to work with teachers and children to make the curriculum exciting by exploring the Maths and Science around us. We would also try to showcase how to make online education engaging and inspiring,” said Manish Jain, Associate Teaching Professor, IITGN, and Main Facilitator of the’30-30 STEM’ program.
All the sessions of the program will be live on the CCL YouTube channel and Vigyan Prasar’s channel on JIO TV every Sunday from 4 to 5 pm. These sessions would also be available on CCL’s YouTube channel.