Your Child's Journey
Given below is the roadmap for the foundational MeerKats curriculum. Your child will cover several themes, tools and concepts across the 6 8-hour modules.
Centers near you
As of now, MeerKats is piloting in Hyderabad in the following three centres. This list will be updated as and when we add new centres.
Inspire Enrichment Center
Plot No 31, Jayabheri Pine Valley, Near Care Hospital, Gachibowli, Hyderabad, Telangana 500032
KidEngage Services Private Limited, 405, Sree Nilayam, Plot No.336, Lanco Hills Road, Manikonda, Hyderabad 500089
My Books Library
E Block, Hyder Nagar, RamNaresh Nagar, Nizampet, Hyderabad, Telangana 500090
- What will my child learn at the end of the program?
- This after school program from Creya intends to build on top of the learning efforts of the child at school. It is commonly understood and also backed by research studies that succeeding in life, work and citizenship requires a far deeper understanding of subjects, its application and a set of skills and attitudes including use of digital tools ability to communicate and collaborate and empathize with the real world they live in. This is usually not the focus of schools or the examination system. It is in this area of equipping children with the skills, competencies and attitudes that our Beyond School program focuses on. We believe it helps go forward in their chosen path: an inventor, innovator, leader, entrepreneur, artist or a change-maker.
- What is the significance of the 6 Themes that you have chosen for the program?
- The six themes (series) around which our beyond school modules are organized represent the complete circle of knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant for succeeding in the 21st Century. As the names suggest, they cover right from understanding the foundational sciences that run the world to actually being able to apply them as solutions to problems. Children need to be conversant with use of digital tools, Internet and social media to gather information, develop and share their projects or ideas. They also should be able to create the digital infrastructure like mobile apps themselves or program an artificial intelligent robot to make life easier. Finally there is no point without having a sublime understanding of the economics and civics of living a healthy and happy life as an individual and of the history, geography and culture to be a true global citizen.
- Is this program like a tuition center for doubts, revision and homework?
- No. Our focus is not on repeating or reinforcing what they already learn at school. We would like to focus on skills that are usually not covered in the school. While we do not help with specific homework as children work on projects designed by us, we believe that the learning from our program should help students love and understand their subjects better and develop skills to do home work on their own.
- My kid doesn't have interest in math and science, Is this still a right program?
- Yes for two reasons. Our program is intended to drive interest in all subjects through a series of very engaging and enriching projects. The second reason is that for them to be able to better scores get into leading universities across the world and actually do something innovative, they need to have some understanding of all subjects and approach problem solving in an interdisciplinary way.
- Do we have to complete all modules mandatorily?
- No. The different modules available are from different areas that we believe cover the entire spectrum of learning. Also there will be modules available within in the same theme at higher expertise levels. A student after experiencing one or more modules can decide which modules to choose next.
- How many modules do you provide in one year?
- Our modules are organized around a grade range. The modules offered are for the grade ranges from 1-3, 4-5, 6-8 and 9-12. This means in a batch, students from grade 1 to 3 (age 6-8) will be working on the same projects in a given module. In the first year we intend to provide 1 or 2 modules across each theme for each grade range. Each module will be an 8-session/one month offering. We will be adding more modules next year onwards.
- If you mixed grades in a batch, will they have the same level of understanding?
- The modules offered are for the grade ranges from 1-3, 4-5, 6-8 and 9-12. This means in a batch, students from grade 1 to 3 (age 6-8) will be working on the same projects in a given module. We have ensured that the projects chosen are of appropriate level for all of them to be engaged equally. This mixing of grade range of activities is an established and research driven convention. The coach ensures that each student works at their pace in a given session to complete its objectives. There is enough guidance to support the slower ones to catch and extra activities to engage the faster ones.
- My son already builds Legos at home, how is this different?
- Legos are an interesting way to engage children. Our program goes far beyond mere assembly led instructions. The process of design thinking, interlinking to concepts and application and above all the journaling and presentation is a total package, not available when your child builds alone at home. Also, these mechanical parts are but just one of the many manipulative sets/parts/kits that students will work in the Creya Beyond School.
- What are the different manipulative sets/kits children will work with?
- The manipulative sets used in our program are very diverse and keep evolving as new things come up that are engaging, interesting and educative. Current sets of sets children will work include Roamer bots, Robotics Bricks, cubelet’s, Tablets for Digital Audio and Video editing, programming tools and Jackbricks(electronics). Those in subsequent modules will include drones, virtual reality, 3D printing and more.
- How is this program related/connected to what they do/learn in school?
- Schools focus on providing foundational conceptual knowledge and reinforce the same in line with the examination system. The projects that children work at Creya beyond school program will apply some of those concepts from different subjects and show children how what they learn is connected to and useful to solving real world problems. This is also likely to deepen the understanding of the concepts as well.
- Has this program been implemented anywhere before?
- Creya learning is promoted by a highly qualified and experienced team with an experience of more the 10 years in the education space. This specific program is built on the modules that have been running in about 100 of leading schools across India as their in-school additional activity for STEM and 21st Century skills.
- What is the qualification/experience of your coach who takes the classes?
- The coaches for this program would typically be graduates and post-graduates from different fields of sciences, engineering, arts, technology or literature. More importantly, they would have undergone the professional development training at Creya and certified before being allocated classes. They also would be someone who would be able to connect with students and importantly have a real zeal for learning and making an impact.
- Can we meet / talk to your coach before we join our kids?
- Yes. We will make the coach available for a few days before the session starts for you to meet, get your queries addressed and know more about the coach and the program.
- How do I get to see the progress in my child? Can I come and observe?
- The progress of the learning and the activities they do can is evident from the journals they write, the artifacts they build and the presentations they do end of each module. The journals and pictures and videos of the artifacts are shared online on a regular basis for your to check them out. The last day of the module is a presentation where parents and friends can join in to see what they have done and learnt over the full module. Coming in during every session is distractive to your kid and the rest of the batch as well.
- Will a 1st / 2nd grade child be able to understand and do your program?
- The reading and writing capabilities are not yet fully developed in grade 1 and we do understand that. The project curriculum will have multiple sensory inputs/cues like the pictures, detail step-by-step instructions, guidance from coach and peers from other grades: all of which will help them understand and complete the project. We believe this challenging situation will help them learn better and encourage/motivate them to do better. Similar Creya In-school program has been running in for about 4 years in schools across India.
- Our kids do many activities/projects like this in school. How is this different?
- Some progressive schools do some of the similar activities in schools. The focus sometimes is more on reinforcement of concepts rather than application. Also the diversity of the manipulative sets that children get to work on across the themes and modules in not available in most schools. Given our experience and focus on STEM, 21st Century Skills and Design Thinking, we bring in that extra edge to the activities- projects.
- Can they bring home what they have built / worked on in the class?
- Some of the materials used to build models and artifacts are reused by next batches for the different modules and hence the built models are usually not given home. However parents get to see the journals written, the process and the artifacts through pictures and videos made available online. The last day of session I which they present is also an opportunity for parents to see what their child has built/learnt.
- Can we just buy the parts / kits if we want to do more at home?
- The focus of our program has been to enable children experience the project in a group setting to work with our curriculum, coach guidance and in a peer setting. It has to be a little more than mere assembly of parts to a series of instructions. So the design of the modules is to make sure that children can have full benefit without any additional, individual purchases. However, eventually we will make kits available for purchase where we feel its appropriate and required.
- What will happen if he misses sessions in between?
- Each session is independent enough to be experienced in completeness. So missing a class will not hamper the student from working on the subsequent class project. If there are free slots in the schedule , the student can come and work on his/her missed session project provided those manipulative sets are available during that slot.
- Will you be setting up Creya Lab in our clubhouse?
- No. given the huge diversity of parts and the non-availability of a dedicated space in your club house, the coach will bring all required parts to the club house based on the session schedule announced for your community.
- How is this program different from summer camps?
- Summer camps are meant to focus more on engagement and fun aspect. This program while being entertaining will also focus equally on learning and skill development.
- Will there be any homework from Creya?
- There will no be any additional homework from Creya. However students out of their interest may pursue additional research or design work beyond the Creya session, which we believe is good.
- How big is Creya?
- Creya Learning & Research (www.creyalearning.com) is India’s leading STEM and 21st Century Skills program having impacted more than 35000 students across 100+ schools and in Science Museums in India apart with international partnerships and presence.