To foster scientific interest among school students, Vanavil Mandram, or Rainbow forum, an initiative has been launched by M K Stalin, chief minister of Tamil Nadu on Monday, November 28, 2022, as per an official statement. Furthermore, the initiative aims to promote interest among the students of standard 6-8 to learn Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
The initiative was inaugurated at the Pappakurichi Government Girls Higher Secondary school, Kattur. According to the statement, present at the event were Ministers- K N Nehru, Thangam Thennarasu, Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi and Tiruchirappalli Mayor M Anpahagan among others.
In addition, the Chief Minister flagged off 100 mobile science and mathematics laboratories on behalf of the school education department to stimulate the scientific temper among students. It is aimed to teach students science experiments and mathematics, on a monthly basis, with proper guidance, and display science tools made by students.
The scheme will be implemented at an estimated cost of Rs 25 crore to benefit 25 lakh government school students. Later, the CM visited the classrooms where science experiments were conducted by the students under the guidance of the teachers and interacted with them.
Special training has been given to teachers who had expressed interest in participating in the programme across the state to share the methods they have used so far in teaching and provide suggestions for continued implementation of the programme.
About 710 STEM facilitators have been selected across Tamil Nadu to implement this programme and they will act as mobile science and mathematics experimenters. Also, they will guide in conducting simple science experiments for students of 6th to 8th standard.
With inputs from PTI.