/Making a STEM Education More Accessible 

Making a STEM Education More Accessible 

What is service?”, my friend asked.
I pondered for a moment and in the next told them about the day the PSG community gathered to celebrate and nurture the value of a STEM education.  A few days back, peers and I had the opportunity to collaborate and re-invent the meaning of a STEM education in our organisational context. When our science teachers took us out of our classes and into the labs, we were ready to take on whatever scientific prowess we would master through this journey.

Elation and enthusiasm filled my heart when I was informed that the visits were to support the students of Baliawas Government School. I began to work on cell microscopy with another friend of mine. Others worked hard to conduct starch and protein experiments, while making biodiversity presentations- needless to say, it was truly a blast! We worked tirelessly to make this event the best it could be, because we were determined to learn with those students, rather than just teach them.

And when the day arrived, all of us waiting for lesson 3 to come just so we could meet our friends and begin our scientific journeys. We went to our respective labs and for me, that was the biology lab, where we welcomed bright, and motivated young students ready to grow as inquirers. We began with a brief introduction to what this day would entail to them. Therein, we had already found the space to forge acquaintances. We asked them their names, favourite lessons, and interest in the sciences. I must say, all the students were extremely passionate in their declarations!

Ensuingly, we switched from one counter to the other, and one experiment to the other, we engaged the students in a myriad of captivating visuals, where chemicals overfilled test tubes, and where colours of solutions changed, or even when cell organelles were clearly visible. All because of the power of science. While we were saddened at this fact, and would do anything to avoid it, it was time for the students to go back to their school. As beautiful as our day was, we felt that we had cherished such a wonderful bond between us, something that goes far beyond any socio-cultural or economic boundary. 

Why was this day meaningful? Because it taught me the value of service. It taught me the value of inquiry. But most of all, I learned what intellectual curiosity and a drive to learn means, as I observed each of the students who came, possessing great amounts of those qualities, something which I wish to hone.

Needless to say, I truly believe that we all can be each other’s building blocks, to learn as a community, rather than as individuals. And that’s another lesson the eventful day taught me, it’s that all individuals have unique perspectives just waiting to be heard- those children are future innovators, change-makers, and leaders because of their drive to learn, and I’m ever so inspired.

Yashraj Garg, DP-1