Science, Mathematics and Technology Clubs for ChildrenMHRD in partnership with Vigyan Prasar (DST) and National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) will assist schools in a nationwide effort to institutionalise science clubs for students in schools for Science and Mathematics. Mentoring Institutions will play a lead role in formation of these clubs. Science based reputed voluntary agencies could also be involved at local level to provide necessary support to building activities of Science Clubs and popularise them in schools amongst children and local communities.
The objectives of the Science & Mathematics clubs would be to:
1. Stimulate a spirit of curiosity, enquiry, innovation and creativity amongst students/children through activities which would supplement conventional(in class) education and make science and mathematics an enjoyable and interesting pursuit.
2. Motivate children and youth to take up scientific activities and contribute towards the cherished goals of achieving a scientific society.
3. To transform teachers as a facilitator and change agent (from that of educator)
4. To encourage and empower students to participate in the National Children's Science Congress.
Informal out-of-school engagement with Science and Maths Teachers would typically be learner-motivated, guided by learner interests, be voluntary, contextually relevant, collaborative, nonlinear, and as often open-ended.
The activities to be undertaken under the RAA, thus would have to be:
1. Designed to be interactive, support and encourage learners to extend their learning over time
Provide multiple ways for learners to engage with concepts, practices, and phenomena within a particular setting
2. Promote and support participants to interpret their learning experiences in the light of relevant prior knowledge, experiences and interests
3. Developed through partnerships with appropriate expert(s)/ agencies and wherever possible be rooted in scientific problems and ideas that are relevant for the local community.
4. All educational tools and materials should be developed through iterative processes involving learners, educators, designers, and experts in SMT through appropriate field trials.