Dexter Box : The Hand-on Classroom

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Students Learning practically often retain three times as much as sitting in a room and listening intently. By learning practically students put their education theory into practice and thereby makes it more relevant. Practical work promotes experiential learning,encourages self-learning,familiarizes students with tools and equipment that he will be required to use.

With Emphasis on Practical learning we Infinite Engineers started a project called Dexter Box . The Dexter Box is a Hand-on science learning kit that brings subjects alive, creating an enjoyable learning atmosphere. It is based on the curriculum of schools and helps children learn things from their book in a practical way. A Dexter Box consists all required experiments for a period of one year. It is available for class 6,7,8 and 9 for CBSE and Samacheer curriculum.

In this teaching method, students are often asked to create their own solutions using resources inside the Dexter Box and at their home. Through the Dexter Box children put into practice what they learn theoretically. Using Dexter Box Children are able to observe, learn and understand concepts in a far greater capacity compared to learning theoretically. The learning objectives are clear, and relatively few in number for any given task and do not stress the children.

There are about 17 schools associated with Infinite Engineers in Chennai which use our Dexter Box to promote practical way of learning.

After School Programs – Shaping Your Child’s Future

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After School programs provide a perfect platform specially for kids India to do justice to his/her talent. Within our strict schooling system which concentrates on book learning and memorization skills, a child’s creativity gets locked. Depending on what the activity is, after school programs help enhance different life skills that will be of great help for students in their life.

After school classes across the world are done mostly based on a child’s interest in a particular area, The skills and habits a child learns help to shape the kind of future they will lead as an adult. They also help them disassociate themselves from mindless TV programs, video games and other technological stuff, helps them remain socially active.  As a a child explores his abilities it increase positive self-development and leads to higher educational retainment, success and achievements in work.

Various studies conducted have also shown that after school programs have a positive affect in the academic performance of children. It is also studied that students who participate in an after-school program on average have less disciplinary citations, are suspended less, and are expelled less than their peers who do not participate in any activity.

About 40 million youths have registered themselves for after school activity in the US they are mostly held at community centers, parks, library and schools. They children take part in activities like robotics,art,sports etc. In the United Kingdom the after school activities are usually commercialised and paid for by the parents, the children take part in many sports,science and cultural activities.In Japan children go to a club activity called Bukatso where they are divided into Sports and cultural clubs and do different activities related to them.

In India after school centers are run by NGOs and Private centers. They primarily focus on sports like cricket, computer based activities and cultural activities like dance. Sadly in our country the number of children taking part in these activities are very less compared to others. Childrens must be encouraged to take part in such activities, they must take part in things they enjoy and at the same time develop their skills.

ATAL LABS – SHAPING THE FUTURE OF INDIA

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National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Ayog with a vision to ‘Cultivate one Million children in India as Neoteric Innovators’ started  Atal Innovation Mission establishing Atal Tinkering Laboratories (ATLs) in schools across India. The objective of this scheme is to foster curiosity, creativity and imagination in young minds; and inculcate skills such as design mindset, computational thinking, adaptive learning, physical computing etc.

Atal Tinkering Labs are dedicated works spaces where students (Class 6th to Class 12th) learn innovation skills and develop ideas that will go on to transform India.The lab activities are designed to spur the spark of creativity, and go beyond regular curriculum and textbook learning. The labs will let students explore skills of future such as design and computational thinking, adaptive learning and artificial intelligence.

Graphical Representation of ATAL Lab

 

ATL is a work space where young minds can give shape to their ideas through hands on do-it-yourself mode; and learn innovation skills. Young children will get a chance to work with tools and equipment to understand the concepts of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). ATL would contain educational and learning ‘do it yourself’ kits and equipment on – science, electronics, robotics, open source microcontroller boards, sensors and 3D printers and computers. Other desirable facilities include meeting rooms and video conferencing facility.

In order to foster inventiveness among students, ATL can conduct different activities ranging from regional and national level competitions, exhibitions, workshops on problem solving, designing and fabrication of products, lecture series etc. at periodic intervals.

At present there are 2000 Atal labs across India and NITI Ayog are expected to establish 5000 more labs by March 2019. AIM (Atal Innovation Mission)  will provide grant-in-aid that includes a one-time establishment cost of Rs. 10 lakh and operational expenses of Rs. 10 lakh for a maximum period of 5 years to each ATL.

We Infinite Engineers are happy to support The Government of India initiative in setting up Tinkering Labs to Inspire and Ignite Young Innovators. Infinite Engineers Provides Support in following Areas to Implement Tinkering Labs in Schools

  • Complete Material Setup – As per ATL Guidelines
  • Year Long Support to Teachers
  • Tested ATL Curriculum