Created for top scorers of the ASSET Talent Search from grades 7 and 8, ASSET Summer Programme is a 21-day residential academic and social enrichment programme.
Offers an accelerated hands-on learning environment that is both challenging and nurturing
Promotes interactive and inquiry-based learning
Creates meaningful learning experiences for students
At ASSET Summer Programme, students are immersed in a fast-paced learning style similar to university learning models, under the guidance of renowned expert instructors. Courses at the programme are curated by specialists in gifted education to expose students to leading professional disciplines through real-life application-based learning methods.
ASSET Summer Programme employs learning methods that combine academics with social enrichment activities to give participants an environment where they can flourish academically and socially. The residential component is an integral part to this, as it creates a comfortable atmosphere for the students to engage in academic as well as leisure activities. At the programme, a team of Residential Assistants (RAs) organize a host of interesting activities to keep the students engaged.
Gender specific-rooms with
bathroom facilities will be allotted
on a triple sharing basis.
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Breakfast, lunch, evening snacks and dinner will be provided at campus dining halls. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian options will be available for every meal.
An alumnus of IIT Madras, Vishnuteerth Agnihotri holds 26 years of experience across diverse sectors. He has been with EI for over 10 years heading the development of EI’s offerings such as ASSET, Mindspark and Detailed Assessment. He has been involved in several innovative research projects, including assessments of student values and attitudes and assessments of teacher knowledge and skills.
With 5 years of experience at Duke TIP Summer Studies programs in India, where she was the residential director for 2 years and site director for 1 year, Pankhuri has a deep understanding of what is required to offer a high-quality enriching and safe residential on-campus experience to young students. Apart from Duke TIP, Pankhuri has also served as the site director for the Johns Hopkins CTY summer studies program in 2015 in Seattle, USA.
Light, LEDs, Stars and All that!
Delve into the mystery that is light- the thing that allows us to see everything, but is itself invisible! Does it travel in a straight line? Does it bend? What has colour got to do with light? Or does it have more to do with human brain? Understand how light and colour function through simple techniques using thin films.
What did scientists from Archimedes to Newton and Einstein think about the nature of light? Did the ancient great scientists understand why the sky is blue?Learn how scientists and inventors have used light to create technologies that have revolutionized not only our lives, but also our understanding of the world. Light is the messenger from the distant past of when the universe was born. Modern astronomy is exploring – using light, visible and invisible – the secrets of our universe. Learn about how stars form, why the night sky is getting darker, but don’t worry, it will take trillions of years for the lamps to be out!
Do you know how LEDs work? Learn the fascinating story of blue LEDs for which its inventors got the Nobel Prize (what is so special about blue LEDs?)
Plunge into an exciting mix of pure science and technology with a dash of stuff about visual perception and the human brain. There will be loads of hands on activities that will keep your young brains humming for many years to come!x
Think like a Mathematician
Have you wondered if there are unseen dimensions of space? Are you intrigued by the intricate beauty of a snowflake? Have you noticed how ants collaborate to perform complex tasks with no obvious form of communication? Can you imagine what planetary orbits have in common with music?
Mathematics enables us to explore a universe of ideas like these, because it is the study of patterns. Mathematicians are not human calculators. They are observers who learn to see what the untrained eye does not notice. They are thinkers who use logic to look beyond the obvious. They are questioners whose imaginations probe beneath the surface of the world and of ideas to find their hidden beauty.
In this course, you will learn to think like a mathematician. You will solve fascinating problems about symmetry, change, dimension, infinity, and probability. You will develop multiple strategies and debate them with others. The problems may involve anything from everyday situations like solving a school's overcrowding problem to mind-bending tasks such as using games to create a visualization of a four-dimensional doughnut. As you explore, you will deepen your understanding of school math and discover connections to advanced mathematical concepts.x
Neuroscience- Unravelling the Brain and Behaviour
Our brains define who we are, how we interact and navigate our environment through our senses and actions, guided by memories and emotions. Enormous strides have been made in understanding how the brain, a jelly-like tissue, gives rise to such a diverse behaviour.
The course will focus on the organization of the brain, behaviour and cognition, and the myths surrounding the brain. Students will get acquainted with the latest in brain imaging technology used to investigate human and animal behaviour. The course will place a special emphasis on the multidisciplinary nature of neuroscience through fields such as: robotics (research and development of artificial intelligence), neuro-prosthetics (research and development of prosthetics with brain-machine interface), neuro-gaming (development of games aimed at improving cognitive and mental health) and neuro-marketing (science of consumer behaviour). Today’s neuroscientists therefore come from diverse backgrounds—neurology, engineering, computer science, economics, physics, chemistry and maths.
Learn to investigate behaviour by asking questions, designing and performing experiments and drawing conclusions from their findings. Perform measurements of biophysical signals from the human brain and body. Explore the anatomy of the brain though a sheep brain dissection—and discuss the importance of animal research in neuroscience, and, science in general.
Be part of field trips to neuroscience labs that investigate behaviour in humans and animals.x
Understanding Life through Evolution and Genetics
There is a vast diversity in life forms – right from the unicellular bacteria to shrubs to insects to huge trees to whales in the oceans. There is variation even within a group of organisms, for example skin colour in humans. Why is there variation in different organisms? Is the variation random? Or is there a pattern to the variation? What are the patterns? Is there something we have in common with all other species? Was our great great grandmother really an ape? Scientists have been asking such questions for more than a century.
Take a journey with Darwin, Wallace and others to learn how scientists find answers to such questions. Learn what Mendel was doing while Darwin sailed around the world. Relive the experiments, which provide evidence supporting Darwin’s theory of evolution. Zoom into the cells of living beings and understand the physical entities – genes – responsible for the observed variation. What changes occur in genes to give rise to different skin colours, for example? Do changes in genes lead to diseases? Can this be extended to creating disease-free human beings? What kind of things can analysis of your genes reveal and not reveal?
Through this course you will appreciate how an understanding of evolution and genetics can contribute to our wellbeing and the challenges that lie ahead in this field.x
The Essence of Engineering
Do you think that engineering is a profession for ‘technical’ people and not ‘creative’ types? And that engineers work only on mathematical equations and building machines? But engineers do a lot more than that! They ask questions to understand problems, imagine new possibilities, and work on creating solutions. In fact, the word engineer comes from the latin word ‘ingeniatorum’ which means one who exercises creativity!
Learn how it took several years and many different inventors to perfect simple everyday objects like forks, paper clips and hand tools. Experience the thrill of engineering creativity by inventing solutions to problems, and working to improve your inventions further. Study the stories of great engineers who changed life through their engineering creations and understand the qualities that helped them to succeed. Get into the mind of an engineer and learn how to think like an engineer!
From a single discipline of ‘Civil Engineering’ 2 centuries ago, Engineering today has more than 40 disciplines including areas such as biomedical engineering and robotics engineering. Understand what major disciplines of engineering are about. Also learn about the 14 major engineering challenges for the next century including enhancing virtual reality, making solar power economical and reverse-engineering the brain.x
Global Politics and Foreign Policy Analysis
Will relations between India and Pakistan improve in the coming years? What are the possible consequences of China's increasing international power? Why is an international agreement on climate change so hard to reach? Delve into the study of global politics and get an opportunity to explore and debate such questions!
This course explores the unique and distinct foreign policy behaviour of different states in the international system. The study of the global politics and political patterns is no longer confined to the relations between nation-states but also involves the interactions that countries have with international and regional organizations like the WTO, UN, NATO, EU etc. Foreign Policy analysis involves straddling the domains of history, economics, international law and geography.
The aim of the course is to enable students to develop their critical thinking and interpretive skills as they study and discuss key international crises, and the responses of world leaders to global issues. Through international crisis simulations and group exercises, participants will be made aware of the role of international and regional institutions in specific policy domains like security, human rights, terrorism, trade, finance, environment, and migration. Students will be developing an insight into the main theoretical approaches available to explain contemporary world politics and also become aware of new career opportunities in the fields of diplomacy and foreign policy.x