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Mexus education launch Iken Scientifica summer camps
MUMBAI, MAR 30 (AGENCIES):
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Published on 31 Mar. 2010 12:09 AM IST
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Mexus Education, a Mumbai based education innovations enterprise has launched “Iken Scientifica Workshops” where students get a chance to experience real-world situations in a simulated learning environment. The summer camps will be conducted from April 15 to 30 in schools across Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai in two sessions for 3.5 hour everyday.
At the summer camp, students work in teams in an open market of raw materials, tools, fabricators and knowledge experts to create useful machines. The educational objectives of the workshops in the summer camp are – design technology, application of scientific principles, planning, team-work, time management and negotiation skills. Like in an ecosystem, a student benefits & evolves through the workshop series
The workshop focuses on product design and development wherein students are challenged with 70 different unique problem statements which covers topics like design technology, mechanics, scientific concepts, model making, sustainable development etc. that they can resolve by applying theoretical understanding of concepts.
Speaking on the initiative, Saurabh Saxena, Director, Mexus Education says, “These workshops at the Iken Scientifica Summer Camp will give students, for the first time ever, a chance to experience, experiment & learn in a real-world environment beyond the classroom.
With Iken Scientifica Summer Camps we hope to encourage out-of-the-box thinking and provide an ideal environment for students to have freedom to think, innovate and apply theoretical knowledge while gaining critical life skills like working in a team, leadership, negotiation and persuasion skills.
We intend to scale-up and conduct these workshops under the Iken Scientifica banner across India after the first phase is completed in Mumbai.”
The core of the workshop is the ‘Knowledge Marketplace’ which operates on ‘Kens’ or knowledge currency. Each student participating in the workshop is given an initial amount of kens which enable him to conduct transactions at the market place. To make their solution-oriented design prototypes the students need three basic things which are knowledge, raw materials and fabrication expertise that can be acquired here.
‘Knowledge Marketplace’ comprises of the following constituents which enhance the real-world learning experience.
• Design Companies are student teams that start with an initial capital on kens and are faced with market needs in the form of problem statements. They can buy raw materials from shops, scientific know how from SME (Subject Matter Experts) and make prototype of machines, sell them to Large Scale Industries and earn money.
• Raw material shops are store houses of raw materials and control its prices at the marketplace on the basis of demand and supply. Fabricators sell fabrication services such as cutting, drilling & grinding to student teams.
• Subject matter experts (SME) & Fabricators are the centre points of scientific know how. They sell expert advice to Design Companies or student teams.
• Large Scale Industries are the ultimate buyers who analyze the design concepts, look at the feasibility and scalability of the designed product, negotiate on the pricing and then buy the final prototype from design companies. During the workshop they critically analyze designs, which act as an input for the design companies to improve upon their designs.
Everyday, students attending the workshop will be conferred with prizes in various categories like best design, best product, fastest design and several on the spot challenges
The students will receive a starter kit at the workshop which has guidelines, workshop Instruction, stationary and virtual currency. If a student wins any of the challenges, they earn in kens which can be redeemed by buying engaging & innovative educational Iken products from retail outlets present across Mumbai.
For more details you can visit www.mexuseducation.com or contact Adfactors PR Pvt Ltd., corporate practice, Vaishali Killawala, Tel No: 022- 22049803, Mob: 9702030256. Email: [email protected]

 
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