3D Conceptual Learning through CAD
Summary: Trojans introduced 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) courses at the secondary school level to enhance the conceptual understanding of science subjects and vocational skills of schoolchildren from the underprivileged areas of Rawalpindi, Pakistan. --- This pilot project was launched in June 2012 with funds from Ilm Ideas, and was a four week program with thirty six hours of lecture time over twelve sessions, on basic Computer Aided Design (CAD) software. The idea was to develop an increased interest in science and technical education among students, allowing them to evaluate different career options such as engineering, and to enable them to explore the impact of ideas and technological design. After an initial baseline assessmen...
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Description of Scale and Reach
This project was launched as a pilot project in June 2012, targeting 70 children in schools in the under-privileged areas of Rawalpindi. Initially, 80 children enrolled in the project, with some girls and boys dropping out due to lack of interest in the subject. A baseline and final assessment was conducted in order to gauge changes in learning, student retention and user satisfaction. 47 students attempted two assessment tests, one was held a week after the project started, and the other was at the end of the project. Even though the number of enrolled students after the first test increased to 76, only 47 students were willing to take the second assessment test which would lead to certification from Trojans. The results were mainly positive, with a student satisfaction survey showing more than 80% students satisfied with the training overall. The program is engaging with the government to explore the potential benefits of introducing CAD as a subject or short course at government schools.