A unique element of SVM’s efforts in rural development is the ability to go to the root of the challenges faced by villagers in all aspects of their lives and provide sustainable solutions to address them. Based on our grassroots research with students, educators, and government stakeholders, students in Meghalaya struggle with Math, Science, and Technology. Based on a study on the importance of math and science, it is seen that over 72% of the students find Mathematics and Science as difficult subjects; Math and Science support is of utmost importance here for several reasons. These subjects form the foundation for many professions and careers, including engineering, medicine, and technology. By providing strong support and education in these areas, students in Meghalaya will be better equipped to pursue these careers and bring more entrepreneurship and technology to the state, and also compete in a global job market.
Smart Village Movement, in partnership with Curiosity Gym, has launched an innovative STEM pilot INNOVATION HUBS at two rural schools in Meghalaya. The pilot program launched in partnership with ed-tech company Curiosity Gym provides students with experiential learning opportunities. This pilot seeks to make Math and Science more interesting and fun by teaching practical applications to students, thus building exposure and an appetite for STEM fields among students.
The “Innovation Hubs” will offer students access to state-of-the-art resources and equipment, including robotics and iot kits, 3D printing and designing tools, and other STEM components. These resources will enable students to engage in hands-on, experiential learning that is both immersive and exciting, facilitating their learning and understanding of complex STEM concepts.
Furthermore, the accompanying images showcase the teacher training session that was conducted at the schools as part of the program. During the session, the significance of STEM education was highlighted, and the teachers were introduced to various STEM components such as electronics, robotics, 3D printing and designing, and iot and robotic kits. The training will enable the teachers to impart the knowledge and skills acquired to the students effectively, making the program even more impactful.
The launch of this pilot program is a significant step towards promoting STEM education and inspiring students to pursue STEM careers actively. Stay tuned for more updates on this program, as we continue to work towards empowering the next generation of STEM professionals.
ABOUT SMART VILLAGE MOVEMENT: The Smart Village Movement is a collaborative process facilitated by the SVM organization with the Berkeley-Haas Center of Growth Markets to create a Smart Village ecosystem. We partner with Government, Academia, Corporations, and Rural Communities to foster independence and sustainable rural development in Indian villages and other emerging markets. Our mission is to empower rural people through digital technologies and open innovation platforms to access global markets.