’30-30 STEM’ (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) was introduced by the Center for Creative Learning (CCL) at the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar (IITGN), an online education program on the fundamental understanding of mathematics and science. The initiative was released by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune (IISER Pune), on August 16.
30-30 STEM’s goal is to provide teachers, students and their parents with an online forum to participate in STEM learning and to promote critical thinking through hands-on and interdisciplinary research activities. Over the next 29 weeks, the course will contain a collection of 30 live online sessions each Sunday.
The CBSE will provide teachers who register for the program with participation certificates and pick a few for internships at CCL, IITGN or IISER Pune.
The first one-hour live session explored concepts such as the distance between the Earth and the Moon, ratio and proportion, length and volume, similar triangles and octagons – all with the help of an A4-sized paper sheet. The session received 1,20,000 live views, and over 1,50,000 views in a single day, from participants across the country. Prof Manish Jain, Associate Professor, IITGN, and a primary facilitator of the ’30-30 STEM’ programme, said, “These subjects are often considered hard and boring; this is an initiative to work with teachers and children to make the curriculum exciting and engaging.”
The programme also uses a live poll platform to interact with more than one lakh viewers. The participants are given questions and open-ended puzzles that are based on the PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) framework. All sessions will be live on the official YouTube channel of CCL and Vigyan Prasar on JIO TV every Sunday between 4-5 pm.
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