Mobile app to make science fun for girls in govt schools
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.