The children from Deepanam, on their last day in term 1 built bamboo torchlight’s using high wattage LEDS, resistors and a DPDT switch and a 9V battery. They designed the circuit and chose the required resistors and assembled them by soldering the components together. All the children were focused on their project and there was nothing stopping them from completing their torch’s.
We celebrated STEM Land’s first (belated) birthday on 22 October 2016 (we started STEM Land on 8th October 2015) with the children and friends from Auroville. Over a 100 adults and children joined us for the celebration. Teachers and students from AIAT (Auroville Institute of Applied Technology), Aikiyam, Isai Ambalam, Teachers center, Deepanam, parents of children and many more.
We lit candles as we walked up the steps of STEM Land.
Children made a rocket Kolam at the entrance with flowers and showed their love towards technology.
Children also made elaborate Kolams.
PARENTS VISITING STEM LAND:
Ajay with his father: Showing how fast he can solve the rubiks cube.
Pravin with his mother: Showing his and his friend’s work.
Agalya with her mother and sister: Agalya’s mother was so proud when she worked independently took out a laptop, logged in, connected to the network, found her program and showed it to her.
Ashwetakamali with her mother: Showing her project and playing games.
Yuvaraj with his mother: Yuvaraj showing his project.
Kabilan showing his progress card to his parents.
Rathinavel showing STEM Land and his projects to her mother. She was very happy to see his son building games of his own and solving the rubiks cube.
Punithavel taking his mother to show his work.
Projects of Children:
We made a short video on STEM Land and children made videos of their projects. All of them were shown to the parents and visitors and it was projected. The videos were playing in the background throughout the entire session.
Different community members interacted with the children:
Prithika showing her scratch project to Bala Baskar. She drew a van by giving various inputs to the co-ordinates.
Children showing mindstorms they built to Bala Baskar.
A child showing the camera he built.
From right: Bala Baskar and Sanjeev Ranganthan playing Abalone with an Isai Ambalam kid.
Sanjeev Agarwal of SAIIER joined with the children and played few games with them. He was so thrilled to see the children actively involving themselves in various activities.
Monica Sharma having fun with the children solving wooden puzzle.
Charlie a friend from Auroville visited us and was enthusiastic to see children’s work.
Nehar (A student from Last school) playing Othello with a 7th grade girl.
Amma a lady who works in Udavi school came to see children’s work.
Bridget of Tamarai and AVAG playing Dooble with a 7th grader girl.
Other friends with the children.
Auroville Institute of Applied Technology(AIAT) teachers joined the children to celebrate STEM Land’s birthday. Children showed their projects and they enjoyed playing games with the teachers.
Udavi school teachers:
Aikiyam school teachers and children:
Aikiyam Principal Shankar (White Kurtha) was thrilled to see STEM Land’s children and what they had built. He too joined with some of his kids and children showed demo of their projects. He played few games. Aikiyam school kids also played few games with Udavi school children.
Teachers from Auroville:
Mahavir from Deepanam, Francesca of Teachers center and other teachers also visited STEM land.
Francesca visiting STEM Land.
Of course without samosas our celebration is not complete. Children always loved to eat samosas.
We had a fantastic display of the children’s work and had a very good morning.
Following is a scratch project done showing how to draw an angle bisector of a given angle, by Barani a student from Udavi school.
We did the Stewardship for New Emergence workshop for the teachers of Babaji Vidyashram School, Chennai and for the teachers who visited Auroville from the North. The tools we introduced were Stand, fear and deep listening. We did 4 profiles also at Babaji.
Reason I did it : Provide a space for everyone to explore and grow.
My learnings : Noticed my interpretation and facts, identified areas to work on as a PC.