An Indian-American firm is firm up to introduces a novel education programme.
With an urge to introduce a new method of teaching science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) to middle and secondary school students in India through experiential learning, the Atlanta-based STEM Academy has said that it will open a “Center of Excellence” in Delhi next month that will train and certify teachers.
The plan is to launch the program in selected schools across India from January 1 for students enrolled in grades four through 10.
Amitabh Sharma, co-founder of the Academy stated, “The Academy’s mission is to ignite the innovative trait in young Indian students and create a new generation of youngsters who will think out of the box.”
The program targets students enrolled in schools affiliated with four major boards that regulate primary and secondary school education in India: the Central Board of Secondary Education, the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination, State School Boards, and International Baccalaureate.
Sharma added, “It is an interdisciplinary way of teaching maths and science, integrated with day-to-day engineering and technology.”
A serial entrepreneur with experience in oil and gas, information technology, and education, Sharma is the founding chair of the American India Foundation’s Atlanta Leadership Council.
Sharma said that the Indian school outreach and implementation are being done by Gurgaon-based India channel partner MPower Global STEM Education.
After observing that STEM has come to assume great significance because of re-igniting innovation and creativity amongst school-going children, Sharma said this methodology is increasingly finding more followers every day as far as in India.
He further said, “Yet the efficacy of STEM-based learning has by far been limited due to apparent lack of structure,” adding that, “STEM Academy of USA has developed a unique implementation strategy for India.”
“Indian youngsters then will well be on the path to becoming capable world citizens and catapulting India to its inventive best,” he said.