Covestro, the global manufacturer of high-performance polymer materials, in collaboration with STEM Learning Pvt Ltd, today inaugurated one of the four mini science centres at Jesus & Mary Convent School, Greater Noida. The other three science centers are installed at Ft. Agnal School, Subhash ChandraBose Inter College and Dayavati Inter College in Greater Noida.
In continuance with its efforts to promote science education in India, the mini science centres established by Covestro and STEM Learning aim to enhance awareness among teachers and students about the value of learning, with a special focus on science and mathematics. The initiative also encompasses a unique teachers’ training program and facility maintenance for two years.
With a mission ‘To make the world a brighter place’, Covestro aspires to provide innovative solutions, which change the lives of people for better. Science education in India is facing several challenges today. The basic problem that has persisted since independence is our inability to provide schools with labs and equipment to be used while teaching science. The mini science centres are a powerful and innovative tool to revolutionise science education and make it increasingly accessible.
These centres are an extension of a workshop conducted by Covestro India in New Delhi in October 2016, which was intended to drive STEM Learning among children; especially girls.
Speaking at the inauguration of the centre, Richard Northcote, Chief Sustainability Officer, Covestro AG said, "Covestro
aligns its CSR activities to the United Nations Sustainable Development
Goals in order to contribute to improving the lives of those less
fortunate in the the societies in which we operate. We believe these
centres will benefit the youth of this area and contribute significantly
to better enable these schools to build our children’s future, enabling
them to make the world a brighter place tomorrow.”
Ajay Durrani, Managing Director, Covestro (India) Private Limited,“A
robust culture of science and technology needs to be supplemented by
sufficient infrastructure. After the success of Covestro’s STEM
workshops we have been taking active measures to lend infrastructure
support to our mission of promoting science education in India. Through
such initiatives we will continue to push boundaries and enable a
knowledge and research driven economy.”
The proposed centre will be placed
closer to Covestro India’s plants and office locations. Proximity will
help Covestro employees to voluntarily dedicate more time for the
Ashutosh Pandit, Founder, STEM Learning,
stated that he valued the growing partnership with Covestro to create a
science revolution in India. He added, “STEM’s working science models
are devised by experts with a close eye on the young, less-privileged
children. Every school’s progress is mapped on regular intervals by us.
We are bringing quality education to the rural regions, which will truly
transform India. STEM has given a platform to thousands of students to
create their own projects and their growth has been phenomenal.”
About Covestro AG
2016 sales of EUR 11.9 billion, Covestro is among the world’s largest
polymer companies. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of
high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions
for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served
are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction and the
sports and leisure industries. Covestro has 30 production sites around the globe and employed approximately
15,600 people (full-time equivalents) at the end of September 2016. Find more information at: www.covestro.in
About STEM Learning Pvt Ltd
Building scientific temper and offering easy methodology to
solve complex science theories is the mission of STEM Learning. They
have 100 interactive Maths and Science working models and have so far
reached out to 8,00,000 students.
believes that school education cannot be only visual or audio but it is
important for children to practically feel the products and experience
it. With the same vision, STEM already owns 100+ products for better
learning and believes in adding more for the improved learning of
students, especially those from less privileged section of the society.
STEM has successfully implemented 40 mega science centres
and 650 mini science centres that has brought quality education to the
doorsteps of schoolchildren in rural India and converted them into
knowledge hubs. For the past five years, STEM has reached out to
hundreds of schools in the rural areas of India’s 15 states –
Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar
Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, J&K, Karnataka,
Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Tamil Nadu - tapping the talent
of school children and giving them a sense of hope that even they can
harness their potential and make it big. STEM is partnering with India’s
leading corporates offering them sustainable Corporate Social
Responsibility (CSR) solutions. Find more information on www.stemlearning.in
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