Pune Knowledge Cluster launches STEM education program for schools in Maharashtra – Punekar News

Pune, October 8, 2022: The Pune Knowledge Cluster (PKC), with the support of Lenovo, has launched the “Teach with Tech” program for students and teachers in Maharashtra.

The PKC team identified the lack of accessibility to digital technologies in schools and the learning gaps caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Students lacked exposure and access to digital tools and were more likely to miss essential educational resources.

Based on experiences shared by teachers and school authorities, the team prioritized the schools most affected during the pandemic, and five of these schools were selected for their project.

Pankaj Harjai, APAC Tablet Head, Lenovo, said of the launch, “We are delighted to partner with the Pune Knowledge Cluster and support local schools with adequate resources for the ‘Teach with Tech’ program. Today, it is extremely important that learners and educators are equipped with smarter technology, cost-effective devices, as well as digital content available in multiple regional languages ​​suitable for everyone.

Professor Ajit Kembhavi, Principal Researcher, Pune Knowledge Cluster Pune Knowledge Cluster (Spokesperson TBC) also commented on this occasion: “The STEM education program “Teach with Tech” taken within the framework of a collaboration between Lenovo India and Pune Knowledge Cluster is proving to be an exemplary, pioneering and promising effort to bring immediate and long-term benefits to students and teachers in the city. So we look forward to working with Lenovo for a long time. »

This program aims to provide students and teachers with the opportunity to access and adopt digital content related to science, mathematics and technology. Students in grades six through ninth and their teachers would be trained simultaneously.

Students will gain an approach to inquiry-based learning, active learning, and collaborative learning, improving their 21st century skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, and curiosity.

Teachers will be empowered to use digital pedagogy techniques and technologies to teach effectively. These teachers will then become facilitators who will stimulate learners to reflect and support the learning process.

The program plans to train 750 students and 250 teachers from Zilla Parishad schools in the Pune district. More than 100 sessions will be organised, spread over an academic year.

Under the input of Lenovo CSR, the team developed modules focusing on raising awareness and understanding of the applications of various digital tools that can be used in the teaching-learning process. These modules are being delivered in schools using Lenovo devices, which will include technology awareness content for students. In the process, they will be able to know and access resources such as PHET simulations, scratch, Olabs, Net logo, games, puzzles, coding and others.

The program will take place in Pune based schools like Modern High School, Ganeshkhind, Shishu Vihar, Pune Vidyapeeth High School, Shri Shivaji Vidya Mandir, Nu Ma Vi Girls High School and Baburao Gholap School.

Donald E. Patel