The signs were all around. Though the examination bodies (ex CBSE) alloted 30% marks for practicals, the truth remained that without doing a single experiment one could get full marks in practicals. Not many did much to correct the situation. It remained up to the desire, motivation, drive, interest of a teacher.
In private schools, both parents and school management expected the teacher to give as much as he/she can.
Some parents went even ahead. They expected the child to only concentrate on coaching for entrance exams. Experiments, practicals were ‘waste of time’.
Somewhere it was evident that the crowd coming to IITs through the ‘Kota grind’ was not quite teachable. The realisation was all around that it is very hard to teach students in science sections as they had no visualisation of matter being taught. Sadly practicals were not the hype. It was old fashioned waste.
The vaccum required something that could
– catch the imagination of leaders of forward sounding schools:
– should be amusing to the touch-screen generation whose attention was barely held by 2 to 3 minutes youtube videos,
– should have a ‘product’s feel, a measurable output that can be seen, touched, felt.
In came Robotics club, coding, manipulatives, DIY kits, Makers club, Tinkering clubs, IoT, 3-D printing, Microcontrollers, microprocessors, and everthing that engineers were suppose to be learning but were not doing so.