“Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting
impact in the lives of their students.”
- Solomon Ortiz
It’s true! Education is the right key for anyone in the society to prosper, to flourish and to make a niche. And teachers are its driving force, who facilitates to bring it to the students while nurturing them to adopt it. Hence, teachers are the fulcrum of the education system; it is on them that the success of implementing any program depends on.
The pedagogy used for this plays a vital role in instilling the concepts in students. Teachers are effectively turning towards the trends of experiential learning and STEM Education for this very reason. Many teachers are able to create a vibrant and energetic atmosphere in the classes to impart world class education in the class rooms with focus on skill development and holistic development of the child.
Many innovative initiatives are being introduced by a few Delhi Public Schools (DPS) in various cities to facilitate experiential learning. As a part of one such initiative, DPS have introduced Robotics Program using ROBOX to impart STEM concepts to students. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. It’s a program based on the idea of educating students in above four disciplines, thus making it an inter-disciplinary branch of study. Additionally, students get to learn in an application oriented approach to learn concepts.
ROBOX as a tool, can help teachers to use it as a pedagogy to teach the students on STEM concepts, make them do projects, make them learn coding, design and compete on technical challenges. We have tried to document couple of interesting cases here in this article on how few of thought provoking and visionary teachers are reaching out to the children.
For example, in DPS Bareilly; Mr.Subodh Rastogi, handles a full-fledged Robotics lab, where-in he teaches 40 students in a week. He takes every Zero period i.e. a period prior to the first period everyday, which is of one hour duration. The program is running successfully in the school where Mr. Rastogi continuously educates himself about latest technological learning methodologies.
In similar lines, Mr.Anshul Gupta handles the Robotics lab in DPS Jankipuram, Lucknow, where the lab has 20-25 dedicated computer systems. The same way students are given training in the period prior to the first period (one hour period) everyday in a week.
In DPS Eldeco school, Uthar Pradesh, Mr.Nadeem Ansari handles the Robotics Lab for Classes 5th to 9th, and relates it to their academics and teaches the concepts in more practical and enduring manner. Here, they have dedicated lab with computer systems where in teachers interact continuously, learn robotics and understand the technical feasibilities in making the classes more and more interesting.
In DPS Gomti Nagar, Mrs. Priya Shri is handling the Robotics lab and program, which makes her an exuberant teacher in imparting knowledge of STEM concepts through ROBOX. She has always expressed robotics can be powerful tool and can be an excellent way of practical learning. She with great enthusiasm, looking forward to impart necessary skills to train her students on how to code and compete with next generation challenges.
With an effective support of Mrs.Prema Mishra – Principal of DPS Firozabad, the school has implemented the ROBOX learning of STEM concepts by undertaking the training of 6 days for their teachers in various mechanisms of ROBOX. Mrs. Prema Mishra, a visionary is looking forward to make more and more such learning pedagogies as a continuous affair at DPS Ferozabad.
The same way DPS Nashik has started its ROBOX learning journey in the start of the year 2017, with the support of Mrs.Chitra Joshi- Principal of the school; the school has reached an advanced stage of teaching concepts to the students.
DPS schools since last few months have embarked this new journey and are already setting standards in STEM education. Consequently, this showcases the zeal in the schools to take the education to the next level of learning by the implementation of STEM concepts to the students. Moreover, students would develop their own interest in choosing the disciplines for their careers – making it a perfect career builder for the students.
Murli Manohar Owk,
Murli Heads the School Relations division of Jay Robotix