Sanjaya Kumar Pant uses participatory action research (PAR) to explore how school gardens could be used for STEAM pedagogy. His research focuses on the engagement of teachers, students, and community members in eco-san mediated school gardening. He uses various forms of visual arts in STEM while designing STEAM projects.
He has published a few books, research papers in teacher professional development, STEAM Pedagogy, School gardening and sustainability, and community-university partnership. Primarily, Mr. Pant oversees the issues of STEAM education, sustainability, and entrepreneurship.
Mr. Pant has participated in a few international as well as several national conferences. He is an MPhil scholar at Kathmandu University.
Thesis topic: Use of School Gardening as STEAM Pedagogy: A study through participatory action research
- Completed construction of ecological sanitation (eco-san) in Janahit Secondary School (leader school).
- Harvested cabbage, capsicum, brinjal, and tomatoes in twelve research plots using diluted human urine, biochar, and fertilizers via drip irrigation.
- Constructed Continuous Contour Trenches (CCTs) in 24% sloppy land as a groundwater recharge system.
- As a part of sustainable agricultural practices, planted kiwi, grape, and lemon in four companies of land and fenced using the net.
- Designed a prototype of a plant disease detection robot (PDDR) using the algorithm from deep learning.
- Conducted a workshop with a few teachers and students from grades eight and nine on the integration of artificial intelligence in gardening (STEAM disciplines).
- Prepared poly-tunnels for the second cycle of the plantation, incorporating greenhouse control and monitoring system and prepared seedlings.
- Rajbanshi, R, Pant, B. P., Dhungana, P, Pant, S. K., & Luitel, B.C. (2021, 23-24 July). Arts in STEAM-based Workshop for Teaching Material Development [Paper presentation]. Education in Crisis: Re-thinking Education in (post)-pandemic South Asia.
- Pant, S.K. (2021, September 15). Community-University Partnership in School Gardening: An Opportunity for All. [Webinar]. http://community.ku.edu.np/wp content/uploads/2021/09/Webinar-Book-of-abstracts.pdf
- Pant, S.k. & Luitel, B.C. (2021, December 8). National Guideline for STEAM Education: A Participatory Action Research on School Gardening. [Paper presentation]. International Conference on Learning and Teaching 2021 (ICLT 2021) https://www.eduhk.hk/iclt2021/doc/ICLT2021_Booklet_20211124.pdf