“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” - Albert Einstein
Kerala State Council for Science Technology & Environment (KSCSTE) is taking a lead role in nurturing talented science aspirants in the State. The new scheme, entitled Nurturing Excellence in Science Teaching (NEST), is aimed at improving science teaching and learning, starting from the school level. Under the umbrella of NEST programme, KSCSTE envisages many activities to inculcate interest towards science among school students and to encourage them to perceive the concepts of science.
The NEST programme primarily envisages reformation of science teaching and learning in schools by promoting investigatory type of project learning, developing supplementary resource materials and teaching aids and honoring outstanding science teachers. As an initial step, KSCSTE plans to set up model laboratories in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics with the help of District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs) in all districts of Kerala. The model laboratories will have all the facilities accessible for both teachers and students to conduct experiments according to the course curriculum. The entire experiment modules will be designed by the subject experts at State and National level. The teachers will be provided with necessary resource materials (designed and developed in consultation with experts) which mainly focus on the preparation of practical manuals with improvisation (from Classes 4 to 10) and developing low-cost and better quality experimentation kits.
Regular training (residential and non-residential) programmes/workshops for all State-level science teachers will be organized with the help of eminent scientists and academicians from reputed R&D centers in the State. Online tools and other resource materials will be made available for teaching and learning programmes. Lectures by eminent scientists will be conducted regularly and the same will be made available online through web streaming as well as for offline viewing.
A databank of renowned scientists and academicians in all branches of science will be created to help the teachers to identify the resource persons in their respective field. The scheme also involves creation of a science blog and School Science Journal to highlight the major achievements of students and science teachers. Further, it also provides them a platform to share their experiences in teaching and an opportunity for interaction with experts in this area. NEST programme will have attractive schemes to identify and honor exemplary school teachers from science stream. Proper criteria for identifying such teachers in various aspects viz research, learning aids, try out activities, performance in classroom activities, participations and presentations in seminars conducted in national and international levels, achievements as a teacher guide, laboratory establishment and maintenance, quality of student projects and other extension activities will be prepared and considered.
NEST programme is expected to motivate both students and teachers by instilling the spirit of scientific temper and an urge to pursue a career in the field of science for the development of the society.
For more details contact:
Dr.Anilkumar C, Scientist E1, KSCSTE