ECAS programme at MSSRF was launched at the MSSRF, Chennai in 2002, with the aim to inculcate scientific temper and making Science Technology Engineering Maths education more accessible to middle school children from state government aided schools. We draw upon the lessons from this programme. It was revived after the Covid-19 pandemic with the support of L&T. In addition to classroom based traditional teaching methods, it is important to ‘learning science by doing’. Incorporation of digital tools in the teaching/learning process (interactive smart boards, access to personal computers and the internet) reinforce and provide deeper understanding of STEM concepts. Customiaing STEM teaching modules that incorporate both elements of standard school syllabus and science content that impacted their daily lives (eg Covid-19 pandemic, vaccines, nutrition, health and exercise) is crucial to keep student interest.
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.