The government, with an aim to make school education engaging and holistic, is all set to implement the Scheme for Promotion of Information Technology and Science in the Rural Areas, which will make effective use of Robotics in education, in the rural schools beginning from class IV.
Coming out with this information, director for science, technology and environment Levinson Martins said that the scheme has been already forwarded to the government and following clearance, would be initially implemented in 11 schools on pilot basis. “An appointed agency would handle the proper implementation of this scheme, and presently teachers who would function under this scheme are being trained for the purpose,” he stated, informing that special kits would also be provided for the pilot project.
It was further informed that Robotics Programme aims to implement technology-enhanced learning in classrooms. The focus would be on promoting Robotics as a tool of application of concepts learnt by students in classroom using STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – integration by creating multiple intelligence-based learning environments.
The department of science, technology and environment implements various schemes towards popularisation of science, environmental awareness and promotion of science and technology projects relevant to the state, and the particular scheme is a part of the same.
The schools selected under the Scheme for Promotion of Information Technology and Science in the Rural Areas would receive fund of Rs 50,000 per year towards infrastructure, training, projects and contests. The development of basic infrastructure, science equipment and IT equipment, besides experiential learning would also be taken care of.
The scheme also aims to promote IT skills and knowledge among the school children, especially from rural areas around the state by planting seeds of computer and Robotics. This scheme will focus on schools in hinterland where technology and infrastructure has failed to penetrate.