Mo­bile app to make sci­ence fun for girls in govt schools

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - Shradha.Chet­tri @times­

New Delhi: As many as 57% stu­dents en­rolled in Delhi gov­ern­ment schools are girls. But only 43% of them opt for sci­ence in higher sec­ondary. To en­cour­age more girls to go for sci­ence, a mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion was launched in one of the schools to make sci­ence ed­u­ca­tion fun and let them know of the op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Theap­p­called“EYSTEMTrib­e plat­form” has been de­vel­oped by Ernst & Young to bridge gen­der dis­par­ity in the field of Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy, En­gi­neer­ing and Math­e­mat­ics ed­u­ca­tion.

Stu­dents of classes XI and XII of Sar­vo­daya Kanya Vidyalaya, No.1 Shakti Na­gar in the au­di­ence were first to be made aware of STEM ed­u­ca­tion.

When ques­tioned about the rea­son for this ex­ist­ing gen­der gap, a Class XII stu­dent replied, “Women are gen­er­ally not en­cour­aged to study much as there is a per­cep­tion that they need to get mar­ried, so it’s not needed.”

To ad­dress this gap, deputy chief min­is­ter Man­ish Siso­dia de­cided to en­cour­age the use of this app in the schools.

“Through this plat­form, we want to en­cour­age our girl stu­dents to ac­quire skills nec­es­sary to se­cure jobs not just in In­dia, but glob­ally,” said Siso­dia.

With fun mo­bile ac­tiv­i­ties, the app will teach chil­dren about dif­fer­ent as­pects of sci­ence, new tech­nolo­gies like blockchain and 3D print­ing. The other sections will be on work and skills that may be re­quired for fu­ture and in­spi­ra­tional sto­ries of women in STEM. The mo­bile app un­der this pro­gramme is avail­able free of cost to girls.

The cur­ricu­lum on the app has been de­vel­oped through con­tent from NASA and Stan­ford Univer­sity.

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