New science and technology outreach programme launched

New Delhi, Nov 20: The Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HSCSE) at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai, has launched a new online popular talk series called STEAMboatonChildren’s Day on Sunday, November 14.

The programme consists of exciting talks, animated videos and much more in multiple languages, exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics and their intersections.

Announcing the launch, a press release from HBCSE said STEAM is a progression of the previously coined acronym STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) by including the aspect of Arts. Arts will be an umbrella term used to include a range of domains from design, language, and social studies to physical arts and fine arts. The integration of the arts into STEM learning has been done to strengthen the foundations of STEM by promoting creative and critical thinking, eliciting curiosity and recognizing the interdisciplinary nature of the STEM subjects within society.

The initiative aims to use new media technologies and the internet to widen and consolidate the outreach endeavour in the digital space. The idea is to reach out to the general populace through the online forum, by having engaging sessions on STEAM and related topics in Indian regional languages as well as English.

For starters, a STEAMboat session will be released every second Sunday of the month. These sessions may be live or pre-recorded and will cover a range of topics from all disciplines which are of general interest to people. The sessions will be available on HBCSE’s YouTube channel.

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