Copyright © The Amaatra Academy 2013NEWSLETTERMar 2013XI TOPPERVIII TOPPERSiddharth ShettySamyuktha Prabhu
Copyright © The Amaatra Academy 2013I extend warm wishes to all our parents.As you are aware, US President Obama haslaunch...
Copyright © The Amaatra Academy 2013Summer program 2013 –Summer Edge poweredby Science FuelThe Amaatra Academys Summer Edg...
Copyright © The Amaatra Academy 2013As a part of “giving back to the community campaign” TheAmaatra Academy partnered with...
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Newsletter, The Amaatra Academy - March 2013

  1. 1. Copyright © The Amaatra Academy 2013NEWSLETTERMar 2013XI TOPPERVIII TOPPERSiddharth ShettySamyuktha Prabhu
  2. 2. Copyright © The Amaatra Academy 2013I extend warm wishes to all our parents.As you are aware, US President Obama haslaunched an “Educate to Innovate”campaign to improve the participation andperformance of America’s students inscience, technology, engineering, andmathematics (STEM). It also addressesconcern that the subjects are often taught inisolation, instead of as an integratedcurriculum.One may assume the failure of STEMeducation stops at K-12, but the fact is, itextends all the way up the system, from thebeginning of K-12 education throughbachelor and associate’s degrees to thePh.D. level. That obviously means there canbe no single solution to the problem.To put it simply, not enough students arestudying STEM subjects. This may be owingto a lack of interest, lack of awareness, andlack of understanding as to what types ofcareers are available in the STEM fields. Alot of that, in turn, traces back to culturalsignals. Pop culture attributes no “cool”factor to science.There are other factors at play as well;including the way STEM is taught. Manymath and science teachers do not have abackground in those subjects, and thosewho do, have no problem finding higher-paying jobs in the private sector. The spreadof standardized tests is also a barrier, giventhat it discourages interactive learning,particularly important for STEM.The solution starts with students andparents, who need a better understanding ofwhat studying and working in STEM fieldsactually means. More people who have an“entrepreneurial mindset” is the need of thehour - so new types of jobs can be created inindustries--and thus a new demand forSTEM. Private industry also has a crucialrole to play: Partnerships already in placebetween employers and schools, especiallycommunity colleges that train and retrainworkers to work in science and engineeringoccupations are helping promote STEM.-Prof Shivananda R KoteshwarDirector, The Amaatra AcademyEditorial from the Director’s desk“Pop culture a!"butes no “cool ” factor to scienc$ Is%& one of reasons %at not en(gh )udents are
  3. 3. Copyright © The Amaatra Academy 2013Summer program 2013 –Summer Edge poweredby Science FuelThe Amaatra Academys Summer Edge programheld exclusively for our students, gave them a headstart on the subjects part of IX and XII syllabus.The students attended guest lectures by subjectmatter experts, project activities, had various socialevents and regular course work.The SummerEdge program was powered by theScience Fuel camp. This program encouraged everystudent to obtain conceptual clarity, enjoy theprocess of learning thereby leading to becomingautonomous learners. Science Fuel Camp offeredday-long camps for students in VIII through XIgrade, with courses investigating physics,chemistry, mathematics, biology, and pure sciences.A typical day at the camp consisted of 2 parts, thefirst half consisted of a guest lecture and theoryclass to get them through concepts, while in thesecond half the students were engaged in projectactivities related to the concepts they learnt duringthe day.Some of guest lectures include:Abhijit Parkhe, one of the subject matter expertsin the life sciences industry spoke to students aboutcareer options one could pursue in the life sciencesindustry. He spoke about some exciting times aheadin the area of clinical research, collaborative drugdevelopment, need for advanced R&D due to expiryof block buster drug patent.Dr. KN Venkateshwara Prasad, elaborated tostudents about the opportunities available if thestudents decide to pursue medicine as a careeroption. Students with these interests enter medicalschool, during which a period of time (usuallybetween the second and third years of medicalschool) is spent pursuing a research degree. Thiscan be in any of a number of scientific areas,including biochemistry, cell biology, biomedicalengineering, genetics, epidemiology, molecularbiology, neuroscience, and others. So students canstart making the choice on what they want to majorin during the 5year medical course and then pursuean MD for further specializationOur staff, Mr. Guru Athani spoke to the studentsabout Entrepreneurship. How an entrepreneurdevelops over different phases and how they morphinto a leader, marketer and finally a shrewdsalesman. The 4 mantras for success he saidstudents need to follow are– get through the entrybarrier, comply with ethics, perseverance is strengthand timing is key. By balancing challengingacademics with a rich menu of educational andsocial activities, students will have a learningexperience thats truly transformative.
  4. 4. Copyright © The Amaatra Academy 2013As a part of “giving back to the community campaign” TheAmaatra Academy partnered with ASDA organized a dancecarnival for the kids and a Zumba workshop for the adults. Thisis first of the community activities organized by the school forthis year. The idea behind the “giving back to the communitycampaign” is to raise general awareness of your environmentaland cultural activities - throughout the school and into the widercommunity - and to make sure that as many people as possibleget a chance to take part.The dance workshop, with over 500 attendees (which includedover 200 children accompanied by their parents) from the localcommunity helped educate, inspire and involve people of allages by providing opportunities to create and experience qualitydance. The program helped increase awareness, enjoyment, appreciation and participation of dance for thechildren. It also helped create a positive performing experience to the kids.Please watch this space for more “giving back to community campaign” where we will involve the parents,neighboring community and our school children for more activities.Community Connect - ASDA DANCECARNIVALKUDOS! CORNERCongratulations to all “Amaatraites” for your splendidperformance in your end of term exams. We have had a wonderfulyear of growing and learning together with the first batch.We would like to congratulate all the school toppers in the XI andVIII grade for their outstanding performance.We look forward to walking alongside all of our students in thejourney towards their goals. Wish you the very best for your future.Please feel free to revert to me or staff at The AmaatraAcademy in case of any clarifications or to understand theprogress we are making on the topics discussed.

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