Gandhinagar: The Centre for Creative Learning (CCL) at the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IITGN) recently conducted two online sessions on “The Joy of Engineering” for the first year students of about 150 engineering colleges affiliated with the APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University, also known as Kerala Technological University. Both the sessions of about 1.5 hours each, conducted on November 30 and December 2, 2020, were part of the induction training of the fresh engineering batch of the University.
These hands-on sessions were aimed at inspiring the students about engineering, with a focus on algorithmic and critical thinking, problem-solving, and an exploratory approach towards engineering education. The topics discussed by the CCL team during the sessions included Understanding and simulating an Enigma machine from scratch, Computationally figuring out the direction of a bicycle by just looking at the tracks, Real definition of a machine, Sum of triangles on mosambi, Cylinder and circle comparison, Archimedes story, Combinatorics, and some of the engaging hands-on activities, among others.
The sessions received more than 70 thousand views so far, and the viewers are constantly increasing as well as sharing comments praising the style and content of the lectures. Sharing his thoughts on these induction sessions, Prof Manish Jain, Associate Teaching Professor, IITGN said, “It was a wonderful experience to interact with 65,000 students from the state of Kerala. The online learning has given this unique opportunity to connect with students and professors from across the country. In these three hours, we have tried to share what engineering CAN and SHOULD be all about. Hopefully, we will be able to ignite the minds and hearts of our future engineers who will take the country to newer heights.”
The sessions by CCL received very encouraging responses from the participating students. Sharing his feedback, Akshay R S, a student of Government Engineering College, Trivandrum, said, “I was quite baffled to know the scope and possibilities of engineering from your session’s activities. It was truly an eye-opener. How you enjoy what you teach is really inspiring. Thank you for the amazing session.”
Another viewer Archana Sidharthan said, “Thank you sir for inspiring us to explore the soul of engineering.”