The emphasis of existing education system, including the training towards JEE (IIT), is highly skewed towards the Quantitative aspect and not much on the Qualitative aspect of Science. Hence, the teaching is based only on the Mathematical Formulation. This system for sure, has created numerous IITians and others with excellent problem solving skills and sound analytical abilities, but unfortunately not many with the capability to Invent/Innovate.
Hence the Curriculum in SMA has been especially enriched to ensure that the Students acquire the necessary skills to be an Innovator as well. To that effect, special emphasis has been given for 'Thought Experiments', 'Project based Learning' (Yearly Science & Maths Fair Projects), State of the Art '3D Animation Videos' in Science, Science 'Experiments & Demonstrations' and 'STEM Activities' ( also involving Robotics and Internet Of Things).
Yearly around 75 ‘ Thought Experiments’ per standard on an average will be discussed with Students from Stds. III to X. This new Methodology introduced by Prof.K.K.Anand, involves Verbal Formulation of a real world practical situation, warranting response from the students regarding its outcome, and the reason for such an outcome, so as to either illustrate a Scientific Principle or its Application. This will create a huge impact in the Understanding of the Scientific Principles, since it forces the Students to understand and think upon the Qualitative aspects of the Scientific Principles. By this process, the ability to think upon ill-defined & open ended problems also gets developed substantially over the years. This skill will be of immense utility for a student willing to innovate.
In the context of Science, it is not enough to know the theory alone. It is quite important to get accustomed to the Scientific Process of Testing a stated Hypothesis to be either True or False, based on a developed Experimental Procedure involving Observation and Measurement. Infact, there won’t be any Scientific Law, but for this process. This is accomplished through Yearly Science Fair Projects. Learning of Maths is also enriched similarly through Yearly Maths Fair Projects.
The State of the Art 3D Animation Videos generates excellent visualization of even the abstract concepts, making their understanding simple & clear. The 3D Simulations act as Virtual Labs to explore further and attain comprehensive understanding of the concepts in Science. For instance, the 3D Animation about the functioning of a Heart shown through 360° angle, captures the imagination of a student to have clarity in understanding and instills the details which are otherwise likely to be missed.
Live Experiments and Demonstrations generate considerable interest among the students and eases out the understanding of various Scientific Principles. Also, unexpected outcome increases the curiosity level of the students in identifying the correct reasoning and overall understanding of various phenomenon.
With huge advancements in Engineering & Technology and their impact in day-to-day life, it has become imperative to introduce them to the Children through a structured curriculum. No more, can they be considered as exclusively meant for the college students alone. After all, they are various applications of Science & Maths only. Creativity, Critical Thinking, Collaboration & Communication are integral to every STEM Activity.
21st Century learning involves Integrated understanding of Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths through varieties of activities & projects exploring the world further and getting exposed better to modern realities. It may be as simple as a design of Paper Boats to start with for the Lower Primary Level, but the Engineering Design principles will be followed in various such STEM Activities.
Robotics is an important & popular STEM Activity which helps the Children learn to even design & build Robots and programming them to perform various tasks. Students will be trained to participate in the Robotics Contests as well.
The Graded Learning of Robotics with emphasis on Practical approach gives Valuable Expertise to the Students in understanding the Integrated Usage of Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths. It is not only fun but also is Thought Provoking in Nature.
IOT refers to Physical & Virtual Objects having Unique Identities that are connected to the Internet to facilitate Integrated Applications that make Energy, Logistics, Industrial Control, Retail, Agriculture & Various other fields smarter. IOT is a new revolution of the Internet, progressing rapidly with advancements in Sensor Networks, Mobile Devices, Wireless Communication, Networking & Cloud Technologies. Exposure to IOT, will enable students to learn various latest Technologies and create useful real-time applications, which may give rise to even Innovative Solutions to the Problems faced by People / Industries.