Living the vision of “To Make The World A Brighter Place”, Covestro aspires to provide innovative solutions that enhance people’s lives.
Covestro, in collaboration with STEM Learning Pvt. Ltd., is committed to enlighten the minds of children across the world by improving awareness amongst children and teachers about the value of learning with a special focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
In order to give necessary impetus to improve the situation of Science Education in India, Covestro India set-up a mini-science centre at Karavel (Navgam) Primary School, Ankleshwar, Gujarat in February 2017. This is first among the 10 centres which the company plans to establish in schools by the end of the new calendar year.
Science education in India is facing several challenges today. The most 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 centre is a powerful and innovative tool to revolutionize science education and make it increasingly accessible.
The centre is an extension of a STEM workshop conducted by Covestro India in partnership with the NGO, g4g (Greenlight 4 Girls) with the intention of driving STEM learning among children; especially girls. The workshop, inaugurated by the CEO, Patrick Thomas, was conducted at the National Science Centre, New Delhi in October last year. The proposed centers will be placed closer to Covestro India’s plants and office locations. Proximity will help Covestro employees to voluntarily dedicate more time for the initiative.
About STEM Learning Pvt Ltd
STEM Learning was conceptualized with an aim to inculcate basic concepts of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics at school level, thereby encouraging inclination of students / learners towards science and technology. Models designed by STEM help students in identifying and experiencing the actual products which they learn from text books making it more practical oriented.
At STEM, it is believed that school education should not only be in visual or audio form, rather the focus should be on experiential learning. With this vision, the STEM initiative already owns 100+ products for better learning. Special efforts are undertaken to improve the learning of those children who are from less privileged section of the society.
STEM today has already reached out to more than 4,50,000 students and 650 teachers from more than 450 schools, specially the rural and municipal schools. In addition to this, STEM learning also has carved a niche in installing 30 big science centres in different talukas of Maharashtra under the ‘Manav Vikas Mission Project’ of the Maharashtra Government. These science centres have trained more than one lakh students who never dreamt of experiencing and exploring science in a practical and easy manner or had even visited such interactive science centres.