Build Critical Thinking skills, which help us stay relevant in a fast-changing world. Learn to look at a problems from multiple perspectives, create paths to move from the known to the unknown, and land in a "reasonable" place!
21 June 2021
1630 - 1730h IST
Fee (₹, incl taxes)
Grades 8, 9, 10
About the Course
"This way of thinking will help you learn in one year, what took me two, or twenty!"
- from the book "The Art of Insight: Mastering Complexity"
Wouldn't it be fun to be in a class where the greatest emphasis is laid on "how you think", rather than the exact answer as printed on the back of your prescribed book? Why is this even important? Why do we need to sharpen this very essential skill - as essential as breathing, reading, and writing?
Leaders - in business/ science/ government/ and in many other disciplines - create impact through how well they are able to respond to critical situations, where there is no obvious answer, and they do not have all the input information they need.
Estimation has always been a core skill, and has become even more so in the 21st century where Google can provide answers at the click of a button. 'Facts' or ideas children learn are often disparate and unconnected. To create meaning and have long-lasting learning, the pieces of knowledge should support each other through their connections. A habit like estimation, exercised regularly, activates the connections between facts and ideas and solidifies them in the learner's mind. You can read more about this at our blog post here.
On this course, students will learn how to make 'intelligent' approximations, through "order of magnitude" estimates.
They will be led to attempt an assortment of estimation tasks; after attempting these tasks, they will discuss what assumptions were made, how "reasonable" they were, and how underestimates and overestimates could be corrected.
Read about the facilitator's experience in this blog post about the last edition of the course.
About our Facilitator:
Sukanya sees the world as an endless wonder, a world where children are excited and curious about learning science. She was the founder director of Curiouscity Science Education with the mission to enable children to look at science as a special way of viewing the world. Since 2004, she has been a visiting scientist at the Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore.
Sukanya also writes (in English and Bengali) to share her passion for science with her readers. She was awarded the prestigious Rabindra Smriti Puraskar in 2010 for science writing in Bengali.
She has M.Sc., M.Phil. degrees from the University of Delhi and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland College Park.