19 November, 2017
-Mr. Nelson D’Souza
Smartclass Education conducted a workshop on Computational Thinking on 17 November, 2017 at Waterstone Hotel, Andheri. The main speaker Mr. Agnelo George explained the real need of Computational thinking by quoting many examples. It is used to face the real world problems using EDAC methodology (Engage Discover Analyze/Assimilate Create). It is an endeavour to bring the best pedagogical practices to educate our children in an innovative way.
This system is designed to make learning a joyous, engaging, experiential, meaningful and creative process for all learners. Though EDAC is an acronym for the 4-fold process of learning that takes a learner through various stages of learning, the process itself is a never ending spiral. It is a continuum that may begin at any point but one that never ends. It is based on the belief that learning happens when attitude and perception are positive; learning does not stop with mere acquisition of knowledge but allows the learner to assimilate and apply the newly acquired knowledge in real life.
During the course of the session the participants were grouped to perform various projects like traffic light, barrier gate…Kits and Software were provided to make these models. It was an exciting and joyful experience to design traffic light with simple coding and the kit. These projects introduced the participants to the tremendous use of robotics in our day to day life, specially where the robots step in where a human being cannot and do the needful with a great degree of precision.
STEM: Science Technology Engineering Maths. As part of Computational Thinking, STEM learning was introduced to improve literally skill and Imaginative skill.
Smartstem: is powered by high quality videos and 3D simulations. It deconstructs complex topics to simple concepts which will help students to perform better, ensures higher retention levels, brings joy and interest into the classrooms, builds analytical and logical thinking and is easy to deploy since it can be loaded and integrated with our existing hardware.
n-CAT:National Cognitive Aptitude Test: Designed as per school syllabus to serve students coming from various backgrounds.
Features of n-CAT include:
- Calibration of test based on average performances of the class in previous tests.
- Help weaker students to perform better; brighter students to work on more difficult problems
- Questions are based on concepts, difficulty level and skills involved
- Topic wise learning; Gap Analysis focuses on skill improvement.
The participants of the seminar were awarded certificates of participation.