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GRG Modern Scholars hosts a pioneering STEM Education workshop in collaboration with Indian Development Foundation(IDF)

GRG Modern Scholars hosts a pioneering STEM Education workshop in collaboration with Indian Development Foundation(IDF)

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Coimbatore,29th June 2024 – In a remarkable initiative to advance STEM ( Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education, GRG Modern Scholars, a Cambridge International School, Coimbatore, under the distinguished GRG concern, partnered with the Indian Development Foundation(IDF) in hosting an illuminating workshop. The event unfolded at PSGR Krishnammal College for Women (PSGR KCW) on 29th of June, 2024.

This collaboration marks a significant milestone in the pursuit of educational excellence and innovation. The workshop aims to provide a comprehensive platform for educators to delve into the latest trends and methodologies in STEM EDUCATION. With an agenda focused on practical learning and future-ready skills, the event is poised to inspire a new generation of thinkers and problem-solvers.

Nearly 300 educators from in and around Coimbatore Schools gathered to participate in this workshop, demonstrating the community’s strong commitment to enhancing STEM education. The event started with the lighting of the lamp by Ms.Haritha, Principal, PSGR KCW, Coimbatore, followed by Dr.Jayaraman, giving an illuminating start to the event.

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Dr. Jayaraman, the Nuclear Scientist,  in his first session enthralled the ‘student’ teachers with a interdisciplinary approach to handling subjects more of demonstrating that with his easy approach to the subject/topic and giving it a practical and scientific outlook.

It’s not so often that we get to know how Broccoli has become Cauliflower with a history of over 2000 years. How Science is data driven and is always a pattern was beautifully explained with practical demonstration.

The key take-way was making teaching interdisciplinary unlike what we have today and having to easily understand and talk about the things which we normally come across. The way he took the lighting of the lamp, right from getting the match stick on fire to the cellulose that we use as wick was an eye opener for teachers to understand and appreciate science in its full glory.

Absolutely right on when he said there could be atleast 10 Ph.Ds thesis could be done on this lighting of the lamp if seen with a scientific temper.

Perhaps the way science is taught might make the whole perspective to be changed and we would have more inquisitive students and teachers as well.  It was a ‘Master Class’ on taking classes especially science classes.

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Key Highlights of the Workshop:

  1. Expert Sessions: Renowned educators and experts from various fields shared their insights on cutting-edge STEM education practices. These sessions, were designed to foster a deeper understanding of the critical role STEM plays in today’s rapidly evolving technological landscape.

Mr. Roshin John, Ed Tech Evangelist at Nanoskool

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Dr. Laura Richards, Professor at the University of Manchester, U.K.

Dr. Krishna, University of Cambridge UK.

Dr.  AP Jayaraman, Renowned Nuclear Scientist and Trustee of the Indian Development Foundation.

  1. Interactive Workshops: Hands-on activities and interactive workshops enabled participants to engage directly with STEM concepts. These sessions were aimed to ignore curiosity and encourage experiential learning among the teachers.
  2. Panel Discussions: Thought-provoking panel discussions explored the challenges and opportunities within STEM education. Topics included integrating technology in classrooms and bridging the gender gap in STEM fields.
  3. Networking Opportunities: The event offered ample opportunities for net working, allowing participants to connect with peers, mentors and potential collaborators. This fostered a community dedicated to advancing STEM education.

Uma, Principal of GRG Modern Scholars: “Our collaboration with IDF underscores our commitment to providing a holistic and forward-thinking education. This workshop is a testament to our dedication of our Management to nurturing the next generation of innovators.”

AP Jayaraman, Renowned Nuclear Scientist: ”STEM education is crucial for the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Through this workshop, we aim to inspire and empower educators to embrace the endless possibilities of STEM.”

The GRG Modern Scholars and IDF collaboration for the STEM education workshop represents a significant stride towards enriching the educational landscape. By fostering a spirit of innovation and critical thinking, the event aims to equip participants with the tools and knowledge necessary to thrive in an increasingly technological world.

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