SDMC sets up first-of-its kind robotic lab in South Extension
South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has set up a first-of-its kind robotic lab in the South Extension to provide a smart class education. Aimed at providing students a holistic approach in education, which is beyond the routine curriculum, the lab has come up with an expenditure of Rs1.66 lakh.
The initiative has been implemented in partnership with the Katha, an NGO that works in education sector. “The idea is to facilitate cognitive as well as fine motor and social development skills. Young children can become engineers by playing with motors and sensors as well as storytellers by creating and sharing personally meaningful projects that react in response to their environment, said Parvinder Kaur, Executive Director of Katha that has equipped the school with the robotic lab.
“Pre-Educational robotics kits and activities help children develop a stronger understanding of mathematical concepts such as number, size, and shape. Robotic manipulative also allow children to develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination while also engaging in collaboration and teamwork,” he said.
The initiative is on lines of the Katha Lab School educational and technology integration model. The objective is to offer a playful and tangible way for children to engage with both pre-technology and engineering concepts during their foundational early childhood years.
Anand Singh Rana, Deputy Director of Katha said, “Children here are very enthusiastic with Robo lab initiative. We are not only developing robotics knowledge but trying to provide opportunities to access contemporary educational tools. A robo lab enables students design, operate and apply robots as well as computer systems for their control, sensory feedback, and information processing.”
He added that their aim is to develop “practical knowledge” about robots among children. “It is important that students get opportunities to learn about new technology and the chance to access it too. Now they have opportunity to learn subjects such as science and mathematics in an interesting way,” he said.
The NGO, through the ‘I Love Reading Program’, works with 100 municipal corporation schools each year with the aim to enable children to attain grade level reading skills. It also provides deprived and underprivileged children access to fun-centric learning experience in order to face the challenges of daily life.
“Katha is operating in two SDMC schools as part of school quality enhancement program (SQEP) to revitalise the quality of primary schools with the objective of ensuring each child, especially the most disadvantaged. As part of this initiative Katha is in partnership with South Extension II and Kilokri Tank Schools, SDMC (Grade 1 to Grade 5) to replicate its Katha Lab school model and innovative pedagogy in these schools and provide excellent quality education to children,” said an official of the NGO.
Principal of this school, Neelam Kujur expressed happiness over this initiative. “I am grateful to have the chance to mentor and make my students learn with these gadgets while having fun at the same time. These kids get to work together as a team, and get to design and execute solutions to complicated problems,” she said.
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