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Educating school students with a research-based thinking

Blue Blocks Montessori School inaugurates their Drone Research & Innovation Centre.

A first-of-its-kind research and innovation centre at a primary School level was recently inaugurated by Dr B Janardhan Reddy, IAS, Education Secretary, at The Blue Blocks School in Tellapur, Hyderabad.

The Blue Blocks Drone Research and Innovation Centre will be the hub for learning and research, design modelling and applications for Drones. The making of Drones requires the knowledge of a variety of sciences such as aeronautics, mechanical engineering, electronic engineering, electrical engineering, biomimicry and design thinking. This application-based learning and research oriented thinking will provide students with the ability to ‘Think, Question, Innovate and Create’, which is the need of the hour in our education system.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Reddy said, “We are facing a learning crisis in India. What we need is skill-based and experiential learning in the field of technology. It is exciting to see this being taught to children as young as in the 1st standard. This will aide in providing a fully rounded education system and will help our children become global citizens.”

It has been a strongly felt sentiment amongst educators, parents and the industry that our current schooling system does not provide the environment to explore and do research. Students graduate from school without having the foundations of being skills ready. This initiative by Blue Blocks will nurture a research-oriented mindset through Observation, Exploration, 3d modelling, Experimenting, Innovating and Building.

Drone research will have applications in aerial photography and mapping, shipping & delivery, disaster management, agriculture, weather forecast, wildlife monitoring to name just a few.

Ranked amongst the leading schools in Hyderabad and one of the few offering a pure Montessori based education curriculum, the 11-year old Blue Blocks school in Hyderabad, has since its inception, offered a strong and alternative method of learning that involves self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play.

According to Mr. Pavan Goyal, Founder of the school, “Children, between the ages of 6 and 12, are most impressionable and ready to accept challenges and possibilities. We are proud to introduce an innovative initiative to provide our students with the opportunity to learn using a research-based methodology which is the basis of the Montessori curriculum as well. We hope this will help young minds to come up with game-changing innovations and inventions, which can be patented.”

A report by the World Economic Forum notes that countries like India that are fast becoming centres for innovation, would greatly benefit from increasing the readiness of their people to adopt new technology and Blue Blocks Drone Research and Innovation Centre is a step in this direction.

This initiative is being encouraged by leading organizations and personalities of the industry, including Mr. Kalyan Chakravarthy, IAS, Dir. Gen. EPTRI and Ms. Rama Devi Lanka, Director, Emerging technologies, ITE&C, who were present at the inauguration of the Centre.

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