Two-day Workshop by CDRI and the Royal Society of Chemistry

The CSIR-Central Drugs Research Institute (CSIR-CDRI), Lucknow, in collaboration with the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), UK (Indian Chapter), successfully conducted a two-day teacher training workshop aimed at elevating the teaching methodologies of science educators. The event took place in CDRI's Auditorium Hall and witnessed the participation of over 40 enthusiastic educators from different Schools.

The primary objective of this workshop was to empower science teachers with innovative techniques that make the process of teaching not only more comprehensible but also engaging and captivating for students. The integration of visually appealing and easily understandable teaching methods was emphasised to facilitate effective learning experiences.

Dr Sanjeev Yadav, Senior Scientist at CDRI, welcomed the participants and highlighted the need for evolving traditional teaching practices in sync with the changing times and briefed about the collaboration of CSIR-JIGYSA and The Royal Society of Chemistry, UK (Indian Chapter). On the first day of the programme, Ms Karima Anjum, resource person from the RSC, shed light on the significance of these workshops, which were conducted under the banner of the Yusuf Hamied Inspirational Science Programme (YHISP). This initiative envisions the enhancement of science educators' skills and knowledge, focusing on equipping them with novel techniques to effectively deliver and elucidate complex scientific concepts. She emphasised the significance of subject-specific pedagogy. She introduced participants to a range of innovative learning tools such as Show Me Board, Flashcards, and Word walls enabling teachers to create dynamic and interactive learning environments that foster understanding and engagement. 

The second day of the workshop delved into the integration of technology in education. Ms Anjum demonstrated various AI-powered tools that educators could employ to create captivating classrooms. The tools showcased included Word walls, Google Sheets, Flippity, Tarsia maker, Padlet, and Jamboard. Ms Anjum illustrated how these tools could be seamlessly integrated into science lessons, facilitating interactive activities and question-based learning. Participants were also shown how to conduct microscale experiments using simple and low-cost objects.

During the workshop, participants delved into interactive sessions and discussions, fostering an environment of collaborative learning. The emphasis was on adopting teaching methods that promote better understanding and retention among students. Through practical demonstrations and engaging discussions, educators were exposed to a spectrum of creative strategies to make the learning process more appealing and effective.

The workshop provided an interactive platform for participants to gain hands-on experience and insights into transforming traditional teaching methods into modern, technology-driven pedagogical approaches.

The event concluded with the felicitation of Ms Karima Anjum and the distribution of certificates to all participants, acknowledging their commitment to enhancing science education.