STEM Education in India

STEM Education in India While the word stem brings plant life to mind for most casual readers, written in caps, the word STEM has a renewed meaning for science educators around the world. The term STEM, an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, is attributed to Dr. Ramaley who served as an Assistant Director at the…

Rube Goldberg Expo: JM International School, Delhi

 Rube Goldberg Expo: JM International School, Delhi DiscoverEd organized a Rube Goldberg Expo at JM International School, Delhi. The showcase included displays of 46 Rube Goldberg Machines made by students of grade 6,7 and 8. A Rube Goldberg Machine is a contraption, invention, device, or apparatus that is deliberately over-engineered to perform a simple task in…

New elements on the periodic table Named.

Four elements, currently known by the Latin name for their atomic numbers – ununtrium (113), ununpentium (115), ununseptium (117) and ununoctium (118) – completed the seventh row of the periodic table when the chemistry organisation verified their discoveries at the end of December last year. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, which rules…

Experiential Learning; the Harbinger of the NCF Expectation

Experiential Learning; the Harbinger of the NCF Expectation According to National Curriculum Framework( NFC), the guiding Force for all education in India, teaching of science must focus on Methods and processes that will nurture thinking process, Curiosity and creativity.  DiscoverEd is a programme built on the belief that experiential learning is the best way to learn science….

DisocverEd@ Parikrma

 What is Parikrma Parikrma is a foundation that addresses the growing gap, in urban India, between those who benefit from the economic liberalization and the majority who do not.  Their vision is to create a sustainable model, a clear way for under-served children to transform their lives through top-class education and in the process be a…

Abstraction levels in Models

In one of the hands-on investigations, as part of Discovered program, we had a fun activity that models the circulatory system of the human body. This is a learning from teaching  that particular investigation. Models are an excellent tool to teach science. But not all models are exact replicas of the system that is being…

10 interesting facts about India’s first satellite Aryabhata

10 interesting facts about India’s first satellite Aryabhata (1975)  The native satellite was launched by Russia, from their Kapustin Yar rocket launch and development site using a Kosmos-3M launch vehicle taking the country on an exciting space odyssey. Built by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to gain experience in building and operating a satellite…

Lessons in Teaching from KungFu Panda

Lessons in Teaching from KungFu Panda Kungfu Panda is one of my favourite movies of all times. Very interesting characters, a great story with a deep message, and all this blended in some real fun and suspense. What more can you wish for? While for most viewers it was Po, the Panda, who was at…

The Bell Rings

Alexander Graham Bell; scientist, inventor, engineer and innovator who is credited with patenting the first practical telephone.  Both his mother and wife were deaf, profoundly influencing Bell’s life’s work. His research on hearing and speech further led him to experiment with hearing devices which eventually culminated in Bell being awarded the first U.S. patent for the telephone in 1876….

A Date with Science…This Valentine’s!

All of us know that Valentine’s Day symbolises LOVE. So, why limit it to Human Beings? Let’s spread love and dive into the ocean of Science this Valentine’s Day. How does one show their love for SCIENCE? It sounds crazy, but I thought to myself if we can love and express it to people, then…