CG – Smart Village Movement

Enticing curiosity for digital technologies in Rural India

As part of our journey to instil interest and excitement for new-age digital
technologies among children, Curiosity Gym recently joined hands with
Smart Village Movement (SVM) to educate rural kids residing in villages of
Meghalaya.
Curiosity Gym, a leading edtech company in India, is participating in this
movement to empower young children and introduce them to the exciting
world of digital technologies. The programme is being implemented with the
setting up of two Innovation Hubs at the community centre at Sohrarim and
Sunei villages, located in the district of East Khasi Hills. The objective is to
build curious mind-sets and drive innovation. This collaboration has
witnessed good enthusiasm among children as well as authorities.
The engagement started with Prathmesh, an education outreach manager
and Innovation Hub trainer from Curiosity Gym, connecting with Richborn,
who is the trainer appointed by SVM to teach children at the Sohrarim
innovation hub. Through virtual training sessions, Prathmesh imparted
conceptual understanding and practical uses of various technologies to
Richborn. This training was facilitated by use of Curiosity Gym’s novel
teachers’ training platform CLIP (curriculum-aligned learning and innovation
platform). The detailed instructions and resources embedded in the
platform were instrumental in covering complex topics such as robotics,
coding, programming, 3D printing techniques and use of scientific as well
as electronic devices. Prathmesh also provided guidance to equip the lab
with relevant scientific equipment and instruments, along with their usage.
This provided an opportunity to Richborn to delve deep into unique features
and uses of these devices and build constructive understanding to further
educate children with appropriate information. Over the period of two
months, Prathmesh maintained consistent rapport with Richborn to nurture
his motivation towards eventual education goals.
A milestone in this success journey was Prathmesh’s 5-day-visit to
Sohrarim and Sunei. During this visit, Prathmesh conducted sessions with
village children, which opened a new window of curiosity stimulating
techniques for Richborn. These sessions provided children to learn 3D
printing technology with the use of a 3D printer and 3D doodler pen. This
sparked excitement among the children who participated by asking varied
kinds of questions.
Alongside, Prathmesh advised Richborn on useful classroom management
techniques such as session planning, splitting children into groups as per
age, safe use of equipment and instruments, and safety guidelines for lab
functioning. To augment the efforts, Curiosity Gym has built special
‘technology gadget kits’ that include controllers, I/O devices, small motors,
and robots, to display how and why knowledge of new-age technologies is
critical for children. The special kits are being used by SVM volunteers to
extend outreach to other schools in the vicinity and convince their
authorities to join this movement.
In a modest way, this movement is paving the way to open a plethora of
exciting new-age technologies to children, who are barely connected with
the technical world and hail from a community that largely dwells on forest
related occupation. It has been a gratifying experience to help catalyse
curiosity-led enthusiasm in different technologies that are now rapidly
pervading the world, and reduce the digital divide felt by these
communities.
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