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Pune School Teachers Nominations Invited for Hands on Training Programme  Dec 20, 2018

Centre of Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education (CoESME) at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Pune and TATA Technologies are happy to announce our new project STEP for STEM through Hands-on Activities for science and mathematics school teachers.

This joint programme aims to train school teachers towards improving the quality of science and mathematics education in schools. As an extension to Padmashri awardee Mr. Arvind Gupta’s efforts of using low-cost material to convey concepts in science and maths, this programme aims to systematically train teachers in applying activity-based tools, as per the school curriculum and also develop video lesson plans for a wider reach.

As part of the present project, each selected teacher will undergo thorough training to use hands-on activities in the classrooms to effectively explain scientific concepts to children. We will provide raw material for teachers to design and make their own activity kits, which can be carried by the teachers to their schools to be used for teaching by themselves and other colleagues. A smaller number of teachers thus trained will be selected for more rigorous training as trainers and we will facilitate them for running hands-on science activity workshops for other teachers in their schools and in nearby schools. We would also engage motivated teachers with good communication skills to develop video lesson plans for a wider reach across the country and beyond.
How to participate in the Programme:
We request government- and government-aided schools from Pune to nominate two teachers (one teaching students at 5-7th standard and one at 8-10th standard; at least one nominee should be a woman) from your school for these workshops using this nomination form.
Based on the experience, clarity of conceptual understanding and a small write up about hands-on activities, we will select up to 200 teachers for enrolling in the workshops, giving due representation to as many schools as possible while maintaining gender parity. Duly filled and signed nomination forms should reach IISER Pune at the address provided in the nomination form by 28th December 2018. The entire training program is sponsored by TATA Technologies. There is no financial implication to the schools or the participating teachers.
We look forward to active participation of Pune schools in this important school education programme.