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Manish Jain

Manish Jain spends most of his time investigating the science behind simple toys, and is passionate about sharing his insights and excitement with people. He is Associate Teaching Professor at Center for Creative Learning (CCL), a lab in IIT Gandhinagar, whose goal is to create and foster makers who can take innovation to the next level. Towards this goal, CCL designs and offers deep and joyful learning experiences built around STEM toys and hands-on activities. The ultimate goal is to bring back the gleam in the eyes of students and teachers. Before founding CCL, Manish worked at IUCAA’s Science Centre in Pune, with Padma Shri Arvind Gupta. In his previous avatar, he spent 19 years in the area of chip design at Synopsys (Bangalore & Mountain View), serving as a Director of R&D and Scientist leading Low Power Simulation efforts, where he has 5 US patents. Manish has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Kanpur (1993) and has also finished a few courses at Stanford University.

 

Gaurav Kumar Yadav

 

Gaurav Kumar Yadav completed his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from IIT Bombay in 2015. After working for over a year in Reliance, he realized it was not something he wanted to do for his entire life. Since then, he has been developing engaging content in the form of activities and stories and conducting workshops with professors, teachers, and students. He has a dream to make engineering, science and math education interesting and relevant to modern times.  He has been working at CCL since its inception towards realizing this dream.

 

Jay Thakkar

 

Jay Thakkar completed his Post-graduation from IIT Kharagpur in 2015 and after that spent more than 2 years in industrial research work at the same place. After realizing his interest in creative educational methodology, he resigned from the Ph.D. program and joined CCL from April, 2019. Apart from being social and playing football, he loves working on visualization of mathematical concepts, trying cool science experiments and working on digital art.

 

Ashutosh

 

Ashutosh did BTech from Pantnagar University, Uttarakhand, and Masters from TISS Mumbai. Before joining CCL in 2020,  he worked as Content Developer in the central team of Pratham Education Foundation for 4.5 years. He has also independently conducted several workshops for children on basic aeromodelling. He loves to explore interesting science and maths activities for school children.

 

Dr. Sarita Yadav

 

Dr. Sarita Yadav completed her undergraduate degree in Dental Surgery. She has worked directly with children and teachers and also created videos which explore the science and math of things around us. The series 2020 Lamps became really popular and people from across the country made mathematical lamps from Dussehra to Diwali and shared 75,000 photos and videos with us. 

Pankaj Godara

He completed his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from MIT Bikaner. He loves to make science and mathematics concepts easier for children and teachers, using simple demonstrations. He has been working for the last 5 years, inspired (mentored) by Dr. H P Vyas (Former Director of (SSPL, DRDO),  towards making experiential learning accessible to children. Work at a solar plant and his startup never excited him.

Adithi Iyer

She completed her Bachelors and Masters in Mathematics during which she became interested in teaching. During the courses she volunteered in various NGOs which worked towards math and science education. Soon after started teaching in a  school in Chennai where she came across the 3030 STEM program by CCL. Amazed by CCL’s work on showcasing how Math is hidden in simple things around us,  she volunteered remotely. At CCL she works at creating videos and exploring math and science.

Shilpa Bansal

She completed her Ph.D in Statistics from IIT Kharagpur in 2022. Inspired by CCL’s work and the passion of Manish Sir and his team, she joined CCL from March 2022. She is interested in exploring and implementing new, creative teaching ideas and methods in the field of education.

Vinod Ghutukade

He graduated from Industrial Training Institute of SURAT. While pursuing his internship at CCL, Vinod discovered his passion for video making. Now he work as video editor. Ranked in top 10  students who attended workshops by CCL IITGN and was also awarded for this by the Chief Minister of Gujarat state.

Jyoti Gupta 

She completed her undergraduate degree in Computer Science from NIT, Kurukshetra. Her interest in creative educational methodology and to reach larger part of society pulled her towards CCL in year 2020.Since 2020, she has been an active member of the team and engaged in program management and outreach activities of major programs launched by CCL. Jyoti formed a strong team of  around 30+ volunteers and work with them very closely on content translation in regional languages, designing books.etc. Jyoti has also conducted sessions with teachers particularly related to Indian history during British rule.

Dinesh Rathod  

 

He completed his graduation in bachelor of commerce from Gujarat university in 2019 and also did  ITI from Ahmedabad in fitter trade. He loves to design 3D models in software and in physical shape. He also ranked in top 10  students who attended workshops by CCL IITGN and was also awarded for this by the Chief Minister of Gujarat state.

Akhandjyoti Gupta

He pursued a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from RK University, Rajkot and interned at Ajanta Industries as a Program Management Intern. Since school, he has been interested and a frequent visitor of the CCL lab, which actuated him to join the lab after completion of the internship. He is intense about ideating and creating innovative products. His many projects were awarded at various national and international platforms and published in magazines. He experienced summer schools hosted by Entrepreneurship Hub – Germany, where he created problem-solving solutions, and led an international team. His innovation got featured in Braunschweig Zeitung, a German news outlet. At CCL, he evolves creative products that makes education joyful.