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Robotic education reaches govt schoolkids

Corporate Social Responsibility, Government Schools

16-3-2014

The Times of India

BANGALORE: Forget robots. Many government schools in the state don’t even have basic facilities like toilets. But a Japanese company, in collaboration with a Bangalore firm, is bringing robotic education to government schools in the city.

On Saturday, two government schools at Veerabhadranagar and Hosakerehalli in South Bangalore came alive with Japanese citizens interacting with the students.

LS Creative Learnings Pvt Ltd has launched STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education in collaboration with Dr Tairo Nomura of Saitama University, Tokyo.

Japan had initiated this pilot project.

LSC signed a MoU with the Department of State Educational Research and Training (DSERT) for the pilot project. On completion of the project, DSERT will evaluate students’ performance to recommend its introduction to other government schools.

“Robotic education is not only popular but also effective in helping students learn their curriculum in a fun and engaging way. Government school students need to be at par with students from private schools. Skill sets such as critical thinking, problem solving, decision making and ability to work in teams are becoming imperative for students to succeed. These skills are not developed in a traditional classroom environment, which focuses mainly on academics. Robotics provide an ideal platform to develop these skills,” said Sridhar Rao, Shruth and Smith Foundation, a voluntary organization, which facilitated the introduction of robotic education to government schools.

Renya Kikuchi, president and CEO, Learning Systems Co Ltd, said: “Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education helps develop children’s interests in these topics naturally, along with improving their problem solving skills, and their ability to think and communicate. We are very excited that our STEM-Robotics education programme is being introduced to government schools in India.”

“This new educational approach will provide better opportunities to many government school students. STEM education enables students to apply these concepts practically through hands-on experience in fun ways leading to learning by doing,” said David Prakash, director and CEO of LSC Learnings.

Other schools where the project has been implemented include Bishop Cotton Boys School, St John’s High School, Indus International School and Baldwin School.

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