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How STEM Education has worked wonders at ITM Global School, Gwalior

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STEM is not just an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, but an educational methodology that integrates all these subjects. STEM education lays emphasis on preparing future generations to be curious, logical, analytical, observant and pragmatic. The skills gained from STEM education extend beyond those needed to be successful in the STEM fields – they prepare children with varied interests, who move into any industry with valuable skill sets that allow them to be successful.

At ITM Global School in Gwalior, it has been observed that STEM education brings about a paradigm shift in early learning and aims at sustaining the curiosity and genius streak in the kids throughout their growing years. As one strolls through ITM Global, the only Cambridge curriculum school in Gwalior, and one of the best CBSE schools in town, one realizes how it has adopted various modes of modern technology for imparting education that focuses on the logical thought processes and problem-solving skills, thus allowing students to develop the kind of creative and logical mental ability which helps them succeed in every field. 

The School has fully equipped laboratories dedicated towards all the STEM subjects. Set within a lush green 150 acre campus, and surrounded by the verdant green hills, the architecturally splendid ITM Global School has high-tech and fully-furnished Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and ICT Labs, as per the very specifications laid by the Central Board of Secondary Education and the Cambridge Assessment International Education.

As the School coordinates with the Science Olympiad Foundation, the students regularly get the opportunity to participate in the National Science Olympiad and the International Mathematics Olympiad. Besides this, the students get to showcase their scientific talent at the School’s own annual Science fair, IGNITE. Projects by students of the School, like the one by Aayush Bhattacharjee got selected for the CBSE Inspire Award. The teachers at ITM Global not only focus on developing the scientific attitude in the students, but are equally concerned about the safety of the students. 

The school has trained Lab Assistants and helpers for labelling the names, purchase dates, and expiration date of the chemicals on the containers. The school building has maintained an Annual Inventory of the laboratory chemicals along with Materials Safety Data Sheets. The chemicals are kept under lock and key. They are stored on a non-corrodible surface within cabinets or storage shelves. Flammable or corrosive chemicals are placed in cabinets designed for this purpose.  Chemical storage rooms in the Chemistry Laboratory are locked and have a ventilation purge fan (for air changes per hour) for the outside air. 

The pedagogical leaders at ITM Global have always favoured the integration of ICT with standard pedagogical practices, as it improves engagement with and retention of knowledge. When ICT is integrated into lessons, students become more engaged in their work. The School has incorporated advanced technology in its premises for facilitating the students. Teachers use Smart Boards and LCD Projectors for making their classes audio-visual – this helps the students in organizing and assimilating the ideas with ease. Teachers prepare PowerPoint presentations, and use audio-visual clips and multimedia presentations through the Smartboards and Projectors. 

As a part of the STEM curriculum, Robotics has been introduced from the primary classes for making the students aware about the combination of computer programming and algorithms, the remotely-controlled manipulator, actuators, control systems – action, processing and perception – real-time sensors and an element of automation which helps to inform what a robot or robotic system does. Students of ITM Global have worked on various projects like Bell Ringing System using Sensors, Automatic Water Overflow Detection System, LED Lights Series, Linear Detection-based Robots, Obstacle Detection-based Robots and countless other projects.

The ITM Global School provides opportunities to the students to verify mathematical facts physically and to develop a multisensory approach. The Mathematics Lab is a place where students get to interact with Mind Games, Puzzles and various other analytical learning tools. A walk around the Mathematics Lab reveals that it is further equipped with computers for utilizing technology for the learning process.

The Geography Lab at ITM Global plays a pivotal role in enriching the geographical base of the students. The lab is well equipped with a series of maps, topographic sheets and a variety of survey equipment like the tracing table, thermometers, barometers, magnetic compasses, globes, standard time indicators and wet and dry bulb thermometers. Field trips are organised for the students to study the natural occupancy of various facts and inform about physical changes with the help of Global positioning system and Geographic information system available on the Net. 

What distinguishes the vision of ITM Global School is that it had its own LMS (Learning Management System), a software application used for planning, implementing and assessing the learning process within its system way ahead of most other schools. This proved to be a boon during the pandemic as it helped each and every student to continue with their learning with the help of Live Lessons, Explanation Videos, PDFs of Books, Worksheets, Quizzes and various other resources. The School also has an educational ERP system that provides easy and quick access to information. This helps the management to consider and analyze various aspects of the institution faster, leading to growth in planning capabilities.

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