ATLAB's new solution has been conceived after having partnered with some of the pioneers of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) solutions. The ATLAB STEM Academy curriculum will cover topics like Robotics, Aerospace, Basic Machine programming and Electronics, integrated with Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths for students studying in grades 3 through 10. This curriculum has been designed for students of all major boards in the country including CBSE, ICSE, IGCSE, IB and State Board.
This new curriculum incorporates a hands-on and interactive learning approach with two options – in-school and after-school activities over a period of 8-9 months. The program guarantees students a better learning approach that will beneficial when it comes to aptitude and entrance examinations. As part of the program, classrooms will be equipped with 3D content, laboratory equipments and furniture, technology and science training systems and audio-visual interactive tools, each for a batch of 30 students.
Sheila N Krishnan, Board Member, Centena Group said, "STEM based skills train and equip students with knowledge required to solve complex problems of today’s challenging world and represent themselves in international arena". She also mentioned that ATLAB STEM Academy trains the students to face many evolving modern theories in the world such as VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity) to evaluate, monitor and improve human behavioural patterns.
ATLAB STEM Academy has extended an invitation to 30 franchise networks in the country to be a part of this initiative. They have already partnered with the first STEM World School in Barrackpur, Kolkata in 2014.
The ATLAB STEM curriculum does look ambitious with the way they are planning to go forward with their specialised classrooms. Professors and teachers at the conference presented their concern about how redundant the method of evaluation and exams are. Currently, ATLAB's STEM curriculum will only be an add-on to the existing curriculum of the other major education boards of the country. This again raises a concern on whether this extra mode of learning would become a burden to the teachers and the students and also whether the curriculum would be mandatory for the students.
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