Shimla: One day orientation workshop for Science teachers of Bilaspur, Hamirpur and Shimla district was organised at the Conference Hall, Director Elementary Education, Lal Pani, Shimla. This workshop is being organised jointly by Learning Links Foundation (LLF) and State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (SCSTE), Shimla. Workshop was inaugurated by the Additional Director Elementary Education, Mr. K.R. Sehjal. He said that Science has the potential of providing alternatives to wide range of problems in advance such as earthquake prediction a week before. He expressed his concern towards students of rural areas who find difficulty in English medium which further makes them to opt out from science subject after matric. He asked participants to motivate students towards R&D in science and technology as a career.
This workshop has been specially designed for Science teachers for the first time in the State so that teachers are able to guide students in developing innovative Science projects and scientific report writing. Teachers would also guide students for participating in Initiative for Research & Innovation in Science (IRIS) which provides students the following:
- Provide a unique platform for students to explore the possibilities of scientific research and innovation
- Provide an opportunity to think out of the box
- Question, discover analyze and infuse a spirit of discovery
- Promote hands-on exploration and investigative learning in different areas of science and technology, and
- Unearth innovative ideas that can change the world around us.
Dr. Monika Kaul, Assistant Professor, Hans Raj College, Delhi University said that mere teaching the way as written in textbooks is not sufficient, teacher has to bring the perspective in classroom which is lacking in school education these days. A holistic approach in teaching is required, wherein both project based and concept based teaching should be adopted. She said that in order to make students think innovative they should be encouraged to ask questions and projects of their respective regions should be allotted which will help them to develop scientific temperament.
Next session was taken by Dr. Usha Bhaskar, Learning Links Foundation, New Delhi. She explained the participants the student and teacher Inquiry Based Learning.
About 60-70 participants from various schools, DIET and Science supervisors participated in the workshop. Mrs. Shubhra Banerjee, Senior Scientific Officer and Mr. Shashi Dhar Sharma, from SCSTE were also present in the workshop as experts and provided there able guidance.