Remember that kid who asked too many questions? Whose thirst for knowledge was unquenchable? Yes, the one who made the rest of the class look dumb so you hated him.
In our opinion, that is how a student should be. A student must always have a spark of curiosity to drive him into learning new things. But well it’s hard to be that kid in India. Not just because your friend would mock you for being inquisitive and different but also because in India, there is little attention paid to potential scientists and researchers. Curiosity is not a general trait. The education system doesn’t allow one to raise questions in India. It’s all about learning what’s been provided to the core and believing that whatever is being served on the platter is the universe. No thinking beyond.
Now preparing for IIT is like the voyage to find immortality in India. Parents appreciate it, teachers encourage it and peers envy it. However, this doesn’t ensure that the person can actually stand tall when it comes to practical implementation of what they are being taught. IITs are great but actual skills are developed at a much earlier stage of a child’s development. That is where STEM comes into picture. STEM Champ is introducing summer camps for kids to get hands on experience in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
What we are suggesting is, one can do two plus two on paper and get a great score, while the system totally ignores the talent of adding one plus one to solve a real life problem., i.e. people with great practical skills based on analytics find it relatively difficult to make a mark in our schools or colleges because there is more importance of marks and better recognition is given to the top percentiles as compared to appreciating the innovative thinkers & doers that why probably any practical exam contribution even in higher grades at schools is never more than 25% of the overall marks, isn’t it true!
Students with high potential shy away from opting for research as their field of expertise. They are scared that it wouldn’t pay off financially plus obviously ‘what would others think?’ plays a major role in this decision. While that is consistently depriving the country of young talent, another factor that puts our students in a puddle are criterions of getting the highest marks and meeting the minimum attendance requirements.
This is a concern that won’t bother students anymore because STEM Champ would give wings to their ideas and the summer camps 2016 would turn their boring vacation into an edutainment session! There would be games, rockets, theories and a lot of other fun stuff related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. For details, contact us at (+91) 8880 700 900.