August 17, 2019: A Two-Day STEM training for the teachers
from various schools in Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur and Kavre districts was
organized at Kanjirowa National Secondary School on 16 and 17 August. Collaborated with Robotics Association (RAN)
and Nepal Robotics Project, USA, the training aimed at promoting STEM
especially robotics education in Nepal.
The training focused on both practical and theoretical
aspects of robotics. The 28 participants from 18 schools were engaged in learning fundamentals of STEM
education, Design Thinking, Ideation, Drone Making, History and Laws of
Aerodynamics, Principles of Flying and revolution brought by 3D Printing
besides engaging rigorously on linking their learning with classroom practices
that are used in various schools. Speaking in the closing ceremony, Kanjirowa
School Chairman, Kapil Dev Regmi highlighted that Nepal’s education system
needs more hands-on-activities so as to encourage our students for innovation
and research rather than promoting rote learning. He was hopeful that such training
will be given much more priorities in future in more schools. Participating
teachers had an opportunity to interact to one another and share their
experiences on the condition of STEM education in Nepal. They discussed about
the constraints, necessity and prospects of STEM education in our context.
Mahendra Khanal, Executive Director perceived that collaboration with young
researchers like those from RAN will have good impact on science and technology
education in Nepal. “We are always ready to support to and work together with
the schools to inspire young learners for Nepal’s innovative future.” RAN
President Bikash Gurung made a commitment.
The program was led by some innovative engineers having extensive
knowledge on robotics and its latest
technological advancement. As the program is a part of ongoing
collaboration between Kanjirowa, RAN and Nepal Robotics Project, Kanjirowa
Principal Ranjeet Thapa said this training may help seeking more partnerships
among many other like-minded organizations, and school children in Nepal will
be the first beneficiaries.
Mr. Michael Kronmiller from Nepal Robotics Project, USA; Ms.
Aliyah Pandoliff from Kashmir World Foundation, USA and Prof. Dr. Sandra
Magnus, former NASA Scientist and Astronaut sent the messages for the success
of the program and expressed their interests to work further with Kanjirowa in
STEM education in the future too. Mr. Theodore Kronmiller, former US ambassador
has been always an inspiration to Kanjirowa in its STEM education.