Mathematica Adopted as Exclusive Curriculum Tool in High Schools in Gujarat,
February 10, 2004--The State Government of Gujarat under its Classroom
Project for High Schools has introduced Mathematica into the math and
science curriculum for the 12th standard. Gujarat, one of the largest and most
prosperous states in India, recently passed a resolution making Mathematica
a regular part of the syllabus. Mathematica will initially be adopted in three hundred
schools within the state. Over the next five years, the program will
gradually be extended to about two thousand schools, eventually including
all high schools in Gujarat.
Gujarat education officials were looking for comprehensive mathematical
tools that would facilitate both computational and visual exercises and would
more actively involve high school students in their own learning process.
The objective is to ensure that technology is both used to initiate the learning
process and designed so that students not only learn at the machine but also spend
more time talking to one another while working on real-life projects.
Mathematica and other
competing products were all thoroughly evaluated. After exhaustive
discussions, technical presentations, and workshops were conducted for the
faculty, syllabus authors, and technical committee members, the governing
bodies were convinced that Mathematica was the best choice for their needs
because it offered the most power and versatility. Anu Sandhu, International
Business Development associate at Wolfram
Research, worked closely with Sierra Atlantic Software Services,
the exclusive Mathematica dealer in India, to negotiate the arrangements.
To facilitate the implementation of the new resolution, Gujarat's education
board enlisted the aid of local teachers with Mathematica expertise to
publish a computer science textbook in accordance with the syllabus.
Entitled Introduction to Computer Science (Science Stream) of Standard XII,
this textbook explains how to use Mathematica and provides examples of
useful constructs and functions as well as illustrative problem sets and
Sierra Atlantic Software Services believes that with such carefully established
measures, students will have a positive experience working with Mathematica, thus
making them more successful and Mathematica more popular
among schools across the country.