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Experiential learning through audio-visual mode and using robotics

September 22, 2015

FunScholar is a firm that specialises in facilitating school children with gaining hands-on experience of elementary science concepts taught in school. The main intention is to help them retain whatever they study in class by making the learning experience a fun-filled one. It uses the STEM technique to deliver lessons.

Recently it conducted a seminar in Kolkata on audio-visual, experiential learning and robotics in schools in order to address issues pertaining to the STEM education system. STEM is the acronym for ‘Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.’ The importance of experiential learning was the fey focus of the seminar on STEM education

A panel of distinguished speakers addressed the audience.  The speakers comprised iLEAD chairman Pradip Chopra, Newtown School principal Satabdi G Bhattacharjee, KPMG partner-risk consulting practice Rajib Basu and Robokidz Eduventures director Sagar Sanghvi.

Representatives from a number of schools around Kolkata were present for the discussion with the intention of learning how they could cater to the tastes of the tech-savvy. Lakshmipat Singhania, The BSS School, DPS Ruby Park, Newtown School, Gems Akademia International, National High School for Boys, St Augustine's Day School and Union Chapel School, among others, attended the seminar.
Pradip Chopra illustrated the potential that audio-visual media holds when it comes to getting a clear comprehension of a theoretical subject. Speaking about the importance of experiential learning, he went back to the days of his childhood when he took a fancy to the science films shown at Birla Museum.

Satabdi G Bhattacharjee illustrated how experiential learning is being used as an effective tool in her school and how it has benifitted her students. At the Newtown School, they apply the concept of STEM to impart life-skill lessons through films so that the children can enjoy what they learn. This encourages them to embrace learning rather than look upon it as a burden. They also have film and photography clubs that are run in association with iLEAD.

Akash Sethia and Gaurav Nahata of Funscholar showed the audience a presentation on how students can make various models to improve their problem solving skills with the help of robotics. This may soon gather popularity as an experiential learning tool to help students enhance their technical skills.

Feature image: A classroom workshop using FunScholar’s STEM system (facebook.com/funscholar)

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