‘Playful approach to learning works’
Ravi Shankar talks to SANGEETA YADAV about NumberNagar and various other education solutions offered by BrainSTARS
What is NumberNagar all about?
NumberNagar is one of the educational solutions of BrainSTARS that aims to provide different intervention towards integrated and contextualised mathematics learning within the presently designed primary and secondary schools. Children learn mathematics through familiarising themselves with a constant flow of new terms and concepts as they grapple understanding its application. NumberNagar’s conceptual focus on areas such as probability and patterns, symmetry and shapes, estimation and computation allows a multisensory, visual experience and facilitate development of lateral ways of thinking.
How does this works?
NumberNagar provides various tools and methods which can be used as a dance floor, play area, a space for congregation, storytelling room or a theatre cell, opening up immense possibilities for engaging. By integrating elements such as history of mathematics with the real world visual and tactile forms and mediums, NumberNagar aspires to creatively involve mathematics teachers and multi-disciplinary educators to develop a relationship with mathematics.
It’s connected to curriculum across IB, IGCSE, ICSE, CBSE, and the State Board. These activities are specially designed to support classroom learning for 7 to 14 years of age group and for Class III to VIII students.
Tell us about BrainSTARS?
BrainSTARS is an educational solution organisation which bridges the gap between formal education sector and innovative educational research. We explore requirements of contemporary Science, Maths and Skills education in schools, colleges and cover areas like professional science or math education, community science or math literacy and Government policies. We ensure quality learning experience for children between 4 to 18 years in a well-integrated, interdisciplinary, activity-based ecology.
How does BrainSTAR function?
BrainSTARS approach is guided by 5Cs —curiosity, clarity, competence, connectivity and communication—through which it encourages children to create their own knowledge with information provided at home, school and the larger environment.
Tell us about the other modules of BrainSTARS?
The various programmes and solutions like—
NumberNagar (school and retail), Infinity, and PACE (Partnering for Academic Excellence) are active solutions. Science Learning Centre, Personalised Learning Environment and Skill Solutions are upcoming platforms. Our educational space solutions are the collaborative and combined work of a team comprising of educationists, architects, designers, pedagogues, artists, technocrats and researchers.
BrainSTARS partnered with Mallya Aditi International School Bangalore (as their science solutions provider and communications partner) in their collaboration workshop with Science Gallery International, Trinity College Dublin and Department of Science and Technology of Government of Karnataka.
What are the issues in the education sector that needs to be addressed?
The private education market in India is merely 5 per cent although in terms of value is estimated to be worth `400 billion. But, India continues to face stern challenges. Despite growing investment in education, 25 per cent of its population is still illiterate. Only 15 per cent of Indian students reach high school and just 7 per cent of these make it to higher education. The quality of education is significantly poor as compared to major developing nations.
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