In the wake of promoting maker’s culture in India, GL Bajaj Institute of Technology & Management, Greater Noida became the First Engineering College in India to implement DIY Learning approach for it’s students under which DIYguru, an Edutech initiative of Autosports in partnership with Maker’s Asylum, Vecmocon, Polaris, Google, Amazon and BAJA Tutor will be mentoring students who are keen to do DIY projects in the field of Automobile, Aerospace, Robotics, 3D Printing, Internet of Things and Machine Learning.
In its pilot phase, DIYguru worked with colleges, embedding in each school a full-time DIY Mentor, a new position that the organization designed with experts. It appoint mentors for students in High Schools & Colleges, responsible for promoting Innovation in the field of Automobile, Robotics, 3D Printing, Drones, Aeronautics and other futuristic new ideas, promoting Govt. of India initiative – Make in India.
On 14th Nov. 2017 mentors from DIYguru gave two day workshop to the collegiate club team Synergy Racing with around 120 student enthusiasts of Automotive domain. As of 2017, DIYguru is working with 75 engineering colleges across Delhi, Pune & Bangalore with its online portal where it provides online courses on Automotive and Aerospace.
How does it work – Model
The DIYguru Project provides a common platform where students and mentors can interact with each other on a particular skillset. The model is based on evidence of providing learning-through-doing (active learning) in a social environment, creating informal, networked, peer-led, and shared learning motivated by fun and self-fulfillment.
DIYguru onboard DIY Mentors who are experienced in a particular skillset. They deploy one mentor to each partner High school & College. DIY Mentors are embedded in area schools and work with students by teaching courses, providing coaching and counseling, and applying maker culture change techniques to motivate students.
They provide mentorship to students to take responsibility so that they’d be able to do things themselves just as a preparation for their own future. The DIY Mentors begins with a listening tour of students, faculty, and community members and then helps to craft one project for the school or college. Upon doing so, they build a DIY Team of students called DIYguru Fellows. DIYguru Fellows subsequently develop and launch their own DIYguru Projects – individual projects that the students develop over the course of a year or more with the help of expert DIY mentor. DIY Fellows are also charged with responsibility of serving as “DIY Mentors” for their peers, changing school/College culture through step-by-step collaboration among the community to build a variety of projects.
Over time, DIYguru Mentors work with hundreds of students to engage them in the process of helping them to discover a big idea, believe in themselves and each other, and turn their dream into reality.