13 Dec Yantra: STEM learning for brighter futures
Yantra, Bhumi’s Robotics project, started its journey in January 2015 when 30 children were selected for classes at Ramakrishna Mission Students Home in Chennai. With Belgium based NGO Dwengo as the knowledge partner, concepts were taught using the STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) methodology which stimulated the children’s interests even more.
We could see that this enabled children a fun and creative way to understand simple math and scientific principles – thus, also overcoming their fear of these subjects which can be daunting otherwise.
Grade 9 children at PCMC High School, Pimple Gurav (Pune) were captivated just to know the difference between an AC & a DC motor. The enthusiasm they show to learn new concepts is that which gives us, the volunteers, motivation to go back and do better.
Adithya and Swaroop, children from the school, not just took minimal time to understand the concepts of loops and binary conversions, but also helped the other children grasp these concepts. When the volunteers introduced them to basic hardware components like LCDs, LEDs, Sensors & Motors, they were able to understand the functionality and made an array of LED sensors, with little guidance, that glowed in a pattern. They also made a remote-controlled car with support from Vaibhav, one of our volunteers.
Further, the volunteers used “Arduino Blockly” – a visual programming code simulator that made the children practice and learn coding in a simple and interactive way.
The hands-on learning exposure of each module has created a significant impact on the children and now they are on the path of creating autonomous robots like maze followers, smart bins, etc. and are also ready to hit the competitions.
“Personalized learning technology helps students achieve their full potential in the classroom and enables teachers to do what they do best – Teach!”
Wordsmith: Pravveen Murugesan V, Volunteer (Pune)
Bhumi’s Ignite Programme at shelter homes, supported by corporates like Oracle, BNP Paribas, Flex, and IM Gears Pvt. Ltd., provides supplementary education through weekend volunteering.