Vacuum Lift

~ Abilash.S

This week the students of Auroville schools did a project on Vacuum lift. The task was to lift the glass jar with the use of balloon and not with the hand. When they first set the balloon on top of the jar, the air pressure outside the jar and the air pressure inside the jar were the same. As they lit a small piece of paper and dropped it inside the jar, heat was created inside it and was pushing its way out of the jar. This hot air pushing out past the balloon caused the balloon to wiggle. However, while hot air was going out, no new air was able to coming in (the balloon works like a one-way valve, letting air out but not in). So now there was less air, less stuff, in the jar. With less stuff taking up space in the jar, the pressure inside the jar was less than it used to be, that is, less than the air pressure outside the jar. Since the pressure outside the jar was greater than the pressure inside the jar, a part of the balloon was sucked into the jar due to vacuum. And now the students were able to lift the jar up by holding the balloon from its top.

mysql client documentation-windows


What is mysqlclient?

The client package also comes with utilities that allow you to easily backup/restore data and administer the server.

Install mysqlclient for windows

Go to the link:

Download the file which version supported your system

Download the file: mysqlclient-1.4.4-cp37-cp37m-win32.whl

open the terminal: type pip install mysqlclient-1.4.4-cp37-cp37m-win32.whl


Reflection On One-Day Vipaasana Course


One day Vipaasana Course Reflection:


By attending this one day course I enjoyed the real peace and harmony. I understood through my own experience the meaning of Dhamma, it means universal flow of nature and impermanence. Whatever sensation I feel in my body I was able to accept it and not react to it with either craving or aversion. That helped me to train the habit pattern of my unconscious mind and come out of my misery. In the One day Course I shared my peace and harmony to others with Metta.

I acknowledge Sanjeev and Devan for creating space for us grow and I will use it in my life.


Art of Meditation

Dhruva’s step mother: If you want to sit on your father’s lap, you should ask God to make you be born as my son.

Dhruva’s step mother: If you want to sit on your father’s lap, you should ask God to make you be born as my son.

Dhruva tells his mother everything that happened.
Mother, I was told to ask God for permission to sit on father’s lap.

Mother: Yes, my child, you ask Vishnu.
Dhruva: Where will I find him, Mother?
Mother: I have heard people meditate on him in silent, deep forests.

Dhruva meets Narada on the way to the forest.

Dhruva meditated for months. He meditated on Vishnu in his heart. He forgot to take food and even water.

O Lord, I want to sing your glory. I don’t have the knowledge to compose a song. Please grant me the knowledge.

And Dhruva became the Dhruva nakshatram.
The star that is steady, it never moves. May we all learn from him.

Importance of culture in Mental and Cognitive education:

~Ranjith, Saranya

Mental and Cognitive education:

Mental and cognitive education can be done by learning about ourselves and the world around us.

We grow in learning about ourselves by respecting our parents, our teachers, and our elders. They support us and provide not only for our basic physical needs but also our mental, intellectual, moral and spiritual needs.

Culture is what we have, i.e. our thought, our expressions, our approach towards life, etc. It has emerged out of collective thinking and is subject to continuous modification by our ancestor’s thoughts which are accepted by society. Swamiji further says, “Peoples in the nation should not only be given the education to make them self-reliant, but also ideas, moral training, and understanding of their great history so that can be motivated to work for their own salvation. Furthermore, they must be given back their culture, without which there is no hope for sustainable progress.

To respect others we need to know about ourselves and we should love our country, our culture, and our ancestors. Cultural plays a major role to develop a better understanding of the world and also helps us to understand ourselves. This helps us develop respect for what we have and grow in self-confidence. It also helps us appreciate that other people have similarly other cultures and environment that have socialized them. Only with real self-confidence will we be able to respect others.

We can’t build a nation without understanding how things work in the world. Culture and History gives us a detailed picture of how society, technology, and government worked way back when so that we can better understand how it works now. It also helps us determine how to approach the future, as it allows us to learn from our past mistakes (and triumphs) as a society.

When we do the above we will treat people equally, with trust, love, regard, and respect. This should be given to all levels and all type of people regardless of any physical, mental, sexual, social, economic or family background.

A story shared at our group:

During Thane cyclone, people lost their homes and water flooded many homes. At that time, even basic needs were difficult to meet. Some compassionate people in this world provided these basic needs – food, clothing, and shelter. These people have done this as a service without wanting to be recognized. I have come to understand that when we have trouble others express their love towards us. Henceforth we must express our love to all levels of people, not only that we should do our best to serve people.

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Responsive Website using HTML, CSS & JavaScript over two weekends

~ Poovizhi and Murali
We had an intense course offered at STEM land by Umang Doctor who has over 18 years of experience in software development and digital technologies.

10 people participated in the course and we learnt

– Practical experience of responsive website development primarily using JavaScript
– Understanding of next steps required to develop further skills in web development
The course included:
HTML 5, CSS 3, ES6, Bootstrap 4
JavaScript basics, Data structures using JavaScript, JavaScript modules, OOPS,Debugging using Chrome
We went through the exercises in FreeCode camp  and played games in to recall flexbox in CSS.

STEMland inauguration

-Arun, Saranya

STEMland was offered a new space in Udavi. All of us especially Saranya who took the lead for setting up the place were busy a couple of weeks setting up STEMland. Now we have a bigger space and  have a separate room for electronics.

A lot of thought was put into how the space should be organized and some construction and repairing was needed. This was handled by professionals and organizing the space was up to us. Saranya made a 3D model of space and were materials should come. We had no after thought, everything was planned before the move.

2D view of STEMland
3D view of STEMland

It was exciting for all of us including children who is going to use the space. Children were busy making projects to show for the inauguration. They were making projects in scratch, electronics, geogebra, mindstorms, etc.

Participation of Isaiamabalam children:

Children of Isaiamabalam were asked to participate in the event. They were given separate stalls to demonstrate their projects. Most of their projects were based on science and physics.

Preparation for the event:
Children and STEMland teachers decorated the place. Balloons were tied up and colourful Kolams were drawn by the elder children.  A symbol of The Mother decorated by flowers added more beauty.

Mother symbol decorated with flowers
Making kolam

During the event:

Teachers of STEMland gave speeches to start followed by lighting up of candles (Kuthu vilaku).

Pratap giving opening speech
Sundar giving his speech
Anitha lighting up the candle. Aruljothi (Tamil teacher of Udavi), Shankar (Principal of Aikiyam) and Davaselvy (Principal of Udavi) in the background
Anupama adding more light
Shalini sharing her experience in STEMland
Pavithra sharing her experience in STEMland

Two children from 10th grade Udavi also shared their experiences in STEMland.

Projects demo:

Children had different stalls set up with projects. Teachers from Auroville and outreach schools, youths, children of Aikiyam school and many more guests were invited to interact with children.

Children were excited to show their projects. A child demonstrated how different frequency can be heard by us. Games and puzzles were also displayed by the younger children. Naveen had a projects on spray painting and children explained the physics behind it.

Aikiyam children trying out cast puzzle
An Aikiyam teacher playing Abacon with 7th grade children
Printing using 3D printer
Spray painting demo
Making art using spray paint
Art of two hands
Asia map presented by 7th grade children Isaiamabalam


Model of a plant cell
Magic jug: pressure model
Dinosor mindstorm
Voting questions
Electronic voting machine
Children of Udavi and Aikiyam playing games
Shankar (White shirt) principal of Aikiyam viewing projects
Tamil game set up by Isaiambalam children
Hearing different frequencies
Children enjoying snack (Samosa)


Importance of physical education

~Ranjith, Saranya

In isai ambalam school, we are working on a project about physically, mentally, intellectually, morally, and spiritually development of children and teachers by referring to an inspiring child personality in the Indian scriptures and their value.

In these project, there are six teams of teachers and children. Each group has one inspiring child personality in the Indian scriptures.

Our group has Prakalatan as an inspiring child personality. He principles and values are True education.

True Education

Swami Vivekananda has said that “Education is the manifestation of perfection already in a human being”. He further says that “Education is not the amount of information that we put into your brain and runs riot there, undigested, all your life. We must have life building, man making, character making assimilation of ideas. If you have assimilated five ideas and made them your life and character, you have more education than any man who has got by heart a whole library.”

Rather than memorizing pieces of information Swamiji has said that we should be able to understand and truly apply in our lives ideas that matter. The ideas that matter as he says are life-building one that makes our lives better, man making that make us strong physically and mentally and character building where we have the moral strength and spiritual advancement.

The primary message of real education is that of strength. Swamiji says ‘be strong physically, mentally, cognitively, morally and spiritually’. We will see how education supports these ideas.

Physical Education:

Swamji says that “you will be nearer to Heaven through football than the study of Gita…. You will understand the Upanishads better and the glory of the Atman, when your body stands firm on your feet and you feel yourself as man”. One must know the secret of making the body strong through physical education. For a complete education, it is necessary to develop mind, body and vital.

Physical education supports mental and character development. While playing sports, we naturally learn to concentrate our mindfully on the sports also we learn to coordinate our mind and body, which helps us control and discipline our mind and body. All these aspects concentrating fully, keeping health, senses and your mind disciplined and makes us more self-confident.

It helps us to form good habits such as running, practicing yoga, practicing martial arts, eating and sleeping on time, etc,. These habits will help us to discipline our body and mind which make us powerful and confidence on our ability that “I have enormous power in me, I can do anything and everything”.


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~ Abilash.S and Naveen

Whille preparing for the class in Auroville schools about Siphon, the Isaiambalam students were curious how it works and were asking us how we had done it. So, Naveen and I were explaining the students how the siphon  works and the different positions, it should be kept for transferring maximum liquid from one cup to another. The students of Auroville schools also enjoyed doing it, they tried out different ways of transferring the water(with single pipe and later with two pipes). They also tried to transfer 1 liter of water equally into three cups and were successful.