Robotics labs installed in 11 schools in state

lf22_robot_4_JPG_1371153gPanaji: With an aim to bring joy of building robots, and challenge-based learning to students, Science and Technology Department has installed robotics labs in 11 schools in the state, which will initially function on pilot basis.
Under the newly-formulated scheme for promotion of information, technology and science, the department has selected 11 schools, which would receive fund of Rs 50,000 per year towards infrastructure, training, projects and contests.
The development of basic infrastructure, science equipment and IT equipment, besides experiential learning would also be taken care of.
The first robotics lab, under the pilot project, was inaugurated on Monday by the Minister for Science and Technology Alina Saldanha at Don Bosco High School, Panaji, in the presence of the director of science and technology Levinson Martins, and chairman of Goa State Pollution Control Board Dr Jose Manuel Noronha.
The other schools which have been selected under the scheme include St Teresa’s High School, Candolim, St Xavier’s High School, Velim, St Cruz High School, St Cruz, Mushtifund High School, Panaji, Regina Martyrum High School, Assolna, Balaram High School, Canacona, Saravodaya High School, Curchorem, A J De Almeida High School, Ponda, Government High School, Valpoi- Sattari, L D Samant Memorial High School (Vidhya Prabodhini), Porvorim.
An official said that this lab will help the students to become technology savvy, and develop self-confidence in them.
“It will also help in developing team spirit, and will lead to creativity and innovations, besides the teachers would get an opportunity to rediscover themselves and redesign learning by engaging students in an inquiry-based approach, where they would be able to encourage the students to collaborate and become creative in facing open-ended robotics challenges,” he added.
Under this initiative, the students will get an opportunity to gain knowledge and build theories, thus strengthening their understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in collaborative settings.
Robotics also attracts students to content domains such as mechanics, electrical circuits and applied mathematical reasoning that often are stumbling blocks to middle school students.