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IIT-GN to start ‘Sparkle Series’ for Vigyan Jyoti scholars, aims to popularise STEM among girls

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  • The Sparkle Series of IIT-GN and AIF is an online interactive educational programme for girls of 200 Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya across the country

 Gandhinagar: The Centre for Creative Learning (CCL) at the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IIT-GN) and the American India Foundation (AIF) have joined hands to start ‘Sparkle Series’, an online interactive education programme for Vigyan Jyoti scholars of class 11 from Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNVs) across the country.

The series is a focused effort to get higher secondary girl students from remotest parts of the country excited about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), according to the institute.

Starting January 22 this year, it will be live-streamed every Saturday from 3 pm to 4:30 pm on CCL’s YouTube channel.

The nine-episode Sparkle Series, funded by IBM India, is expected to reach about 10,000 Vigyan Jyoti girl students of 200 Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya in 200 districts across the country.

The online programme will be beyond routine curriculum-based science education and help students build scientific temperament and excitement. The sessions will have various activities using simple materials like paper, vegetables, playing cards, musical instruments, different types of whistles, bicycles etc.

Prof Manish Jain, head of CCL, IIT-GN, said, “Traditionally, a career in STEM is not something that many women pursue and hence, as a society, we lose out on the contributions from some of our brightest minds. We are very excited to collaborate with JNV, AIF and IBM to get school girls hooked to science and math primarily by making STEM subjects engaging and inspiring.”

He added that they would explore the inherent beauty of mathematics and science curriculum topics in the series through engaging and interesting activities, hands-on projects, historical stories, and open-ended questions.

Sanyukta Chaturvedi, director, Digital Equalizer, American India Foundation, said, “Classrooms should not just be a place for theoretical learning, but a collaborative and interactive learning space that prepares the students for a successful future in this rapidly changing 21st century. AIF’s Digital Equalizer program is empowering students on STEM learning and 21st century skills with a special focus on girl students. We are pleased to partner with the Centre for Creative Learning, IIT Gandhinagar to further realise this vision through the Sparkle Series.”

 

 

 

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