Pune, January 15, 2023: A select group of 120 meritorious students from five government schools showcased their talent and excellence in the areas of space science and technology in the Annual Science Fair. These children were selected from around 2,000 students who have been going through special STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education programme in five government schools.
Smile Foundation has been conducting a special project named ‘Promoting STEM Education among children’ under its Mission Education Programme. The project, operating with support from Atlas Copco India Ltd., has been focusing on 1,965 children across five government schools in Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) area of Pune. Most of the children come from economically weaker families and socially disadvantaged communities.
The students had created and presented various models, which they had developed under the guidance of Scientists and Trainers in the domain of space science and technology. Activities during the fair included aero modeling, satellites and launch vehicle display, rocket launching demonstration, among others which brought excitement both to the participants as well as visitors.
An additional 1,200 school children from various other schools, along with their parents, had visited the annual science fair, organized at Pimple Gurav Secondary School, PCMC.
Mr. Vikram Singh Verma, Executive Director, Smile Foundation said, “If children are introduced to proper STEM educations early, tomorrow they will excel in the emerging domains, besides creating innovations for the society. As children are the future of a nation, these foundational preparations can help them play an important role in nation-building.”
Mr. Kabir Gaikwad, Corporate HR Head, Atlas Copco India Ltd. said, “STEM education and experiential learning are important for our children for them to develop critical thinking skills and concepts. Together, we should keep innovating ways to help the children learn effectively and grow.”
The broad objectives of the ‘Promoting STEM Education among children’ project are as follow:
The expected outcomes of the projects are:
About Smile Foundation
Smile Foundation is an Indian development organization directly benefiting over 1.5 million children and families every year through more than 400 welfare projects on education, healthcare, livelihood, and women empowerment spread across 2,000 villages and urban slums in 26 states.