Problem: The platform, created in Texas in 2013 by Sabari Raja and Binu Thayamkery, both from India, aims to bring schools and industries closer together. Very often, the distance between these areas occurs due to the lack of tools to align theory and practice in the classroom, and a shortage of time among teachers to invite speakers and project mentors to talk to students. On the other hand, most companies consider it difficult to approach schools due to geographical and curricular barriers. Rural schools, for example, tend to be far from the industrial districts of the cities and end up being the most penalized.
Solutions: On the online platform, which facilitates the connection of teachers to industrial specialists, the educator can make a request to contact an industrial specialist related to a specific theme in the school curriculum. The tool finds the right professional with the appropriate skills or knowledge for the request made by the teacher. On a date and time chosen by both, the professional connects to the class virtually for an interactive discussion with the students. Nepris records the session so it can be watched again and be shared. There are professionals registered from various areas, but the main focus is on the segments of science, technology, engineering and math. Some of the companies that participate in the project in the United States are Samsung, HKS, Frito Lay and Dallas Zoo.
Meghan Hunt, a teacher at Stipes Elementary School, in Irving, Texas, for example, used the platform to schedule a virtual class with a soil specialist for her first grade students. During the session, the professional showed the class different types of soil and the children could ask questions. Then the teacher discussed what the class had learnt about the topic in more detail.
Outcomes: The tool brings schools and industries closer together without the necessity of the teacher dedicating a lot of his or her time or carrying out extensive planning, and without the students having to leave their school. In this manner, it provides equal access to students from different areas to the same type of information about day-to-day activities in companies. It inspires the students to dream about developing a career. In the companies, it makes being a volunteer much easier. In the USA, 1,100 schools in 45 states use the platform. There are over one thousand sessions recorded.