Mumbai: Podar International, a reputed IB/CAIE board school recently inaugurated its campus at Santacruz, Mumbai, and received rave reviews for its innovative STEAM laboratory, set up by Makebot. The campus was inaugurated by the Honourable Minster for Education, Mr. Vinod Tawade, with the help of a special Makebot robot, who was the bearer of the scissors for the auspicious ceremony. The event also saw the presence of prominent educationist, Ms. Indu Shahani, Dean of Indian School of Management & Entrepreneurship and Mr. Vinayak Sudhakar, Head – West, & South India, International Baccalaureate.
Podar International schools (IB/CAIE) is a reputed institution focused on providing the best in modern learning to its students. Highlighting this commitment, Dr. Vandana Lulla, Director/ Principal, Podar International School, Santacruz, showcased the new campus and Makebot’s STEAM innovation room, where the chief guest, dignitaries and parents experienced the ultra-modern facilities and vibrant classrooms. The innovative lab, designed to provide students the opportunity to learn through experiential education using robotics, artificial intelligence, & laser machines, was met with awe and admiration by everyone present. Students who had been using Makebot’s STEAM leaning, shared their learning experiences with the visiting parents, explaining how STEAM education through robotics & AI has helped them learn the concepts in an efficient manner. They also showcased various projects that they had made, to the Honourable Minister for Education, Mr. Tawde and Chief guest, Ms. Indu Shahani.
Dr. Vandana Lulla, Director/ Principal, Podar International School, Santacruz, shared her journey with the audiences, from her first International School of Podar to the new campus, adding, “With the dynamic transition in the world around, from trade, business, art, technology, mathematics to applied arts and humanities, this is also an exciting and challenging time for us as educators to create a platform that enables the next generation to thrive. With the STEAM innovation lab by Makebot, we aim to assist and enhance the learning abilities of our students, helping them develop emotional quotient along with holistic education, using robotics, music, sports, and academics and help them prepare for the future with 21st century skills. Students today are smarter, keener, and more aware about the world around them, thanks to digital media. As educators, it is our duty to challenge them and tap their short attention spans, by creating an environment where learning will come from all aspects of life.”
Sharing similar sentiments, Chief Guest for the event, Ms. Indu Shahani also added, “Students of this age should focus on building Innovation & Entrepreneur quotient along with standard IQ & EQ, which will make India an innovation hub across the globe and help us to create more jobs for the future”
Speaking about Makebot’s learning tools and the innovative STEAM concept, Mr. Amit Verma, CEO & Director, Makebot, said, “We are delighted to offer this innovative laboratory for the students of Podar International School. As a futuristic education technology and STEAM learning provider, we offer new age experiential learning for students in the 21st century. Our processes are designed to provide students unique insights into Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) as access points for guiding inquiry, dialogue and critical thinking through the creative process. Our methodology supports and enhances the classroom curriculum, making it impactful and practical, offering students a strong background that can transform them into innovators, educators, leaders, and learners of tomorrow.”
The “STEAM Innovation” room includes new ultra-modern facilities to help the students learn through experiential education using robotics, artificial intelligence, & laser machines. Podar International schools (IB/CAIE) also hosts a World Robotics Championship – MakeX, powered by Makebot at their campus which will also give students an opportunity to showcase their skills at an international level.