Children of Isaimbalam were very much interested in Soldering and making simple circuits. We got many Vega kits were the circuits are already printed in a PCB. Children study the datasheet of a particular circuit and solder. Children from 6th and 7th soldered few kits. They were very happy when some of them worked.
Since they are young and new they made mistakes by flipping few components here and then but they tinkered with my help.
Circuits like Disco light, Light sensor and water level indicator worked.
Bala was so happy when we were testing the water level indicator and the light one by one lighted up. Auyush also connected a buzzer to indicate low light.
Ayush and Swetha testing low light sensor
Ayush and Swetha testing low light sensor along with me
Children wanted to make a recycling water system to water the magic garden. We thought of using the waste water from the kitchen to water the plant since so much of water is daily used to wash the vessels, clean vegetables etc. To know the amount of water used daily for the kitchen we need to know the volume of the tank. Kavitha told that the volume of the kitchen tank was 2000 L.
To make sure of what we know already we measured the height and circumference of the cylindrical tank in order find the volume of the tank.
To measure the height of the tank we used a bamboo stick.
Children marked the height of the tank on the bamboo stick.
Measure Circumference to determine radius:
We used thread to know the circumference.
Children took the thread around the circular shaped ring and marked on the thread.
The challenging part was we was not able to find the measuring tape. Then we came up with an idea to use the metre scale chiildren already used.
We found that the height of the tank was approx 3 m and Circumference to be around 3.14 m.
Through this we found out that the radius was half a meter.
Finally we found out that the tank volume was approximately 2355 L.
This might be an error with calculating the circumference of the circle because we found the distance outside the ring and not inside.
Measuring the circumference of the circle with the one meter scale and the left over part was measured using a 30 cm scale
From Left: Ajay, Gurumoorthy, Pravin, Kalai
Children measuring the length of the bamboo stick to measure the height of the tank. They used the same thread to measure the length. They marked 3 m on the thread in order to do this
3rd graders and 5th graders went for a walk around the botanical garden in Auroville. Sathiyamoorthy was guiding us.
Prathap, Bala and myself were along with the children. We started with a circle and Sathiyamoorthy gave a brief introduction about what the children should do and the type of plants they were expected to see around the Botanical garden. He was basically telling about 4 types of plants.
Epiphytes (Plants that has the roots outside the soil.)
Xerophytes (Plants that grow in dry areas. (Eg., Cactus))
Semiphytes (Plants that grow in land.)
Parasites (Plants that grow on other plants and trees.)
Hydrophytes (Plants that grow in fresh water.)
Halophytes (Plants that grow in salt water. Note: These types of plants are not there in Auroville Botanical garden)
Then the children went around and Sathiyamoorthy explained about the plants. He talked about the survival techniques, leaf structure and mainly names of the trees and plants.
Children played a maze game. A garden with a maze structure was built there. Children enjoyed getting lost and finding the paths. Children also reflected at the end of the session.
First the class started with how many plants 5th graders wanted to plant in the garden. Then we decided to plant one plant for each foot. The problem started there. Children doesn’t know how much a foot is. Then the conversation went on and the children said that a foot is our foot. Exactly the foot is our foot. A foot is approximately the size of an adult foot. Then the children converted the meter dimensions of the garden they earlier measured into foot.
We went to Botanical garden after that to buy plants. Children were excited and we chose some plants and bought them. Then we came and planted them in the garden.
Each child took different responsibility and planted all the plants. Anitha gave few plants she had.Children also wrote the names of some plant they saw in the Botanical garden.
Children looking at different plants
Writing the names of plants
Looking around and finding more plants
Planting activity were children took different responsibility
Saturday school already started with disappointment when the hot air balloon again failed to raise up. Then we thought of finishing with what we started. The garden which we built has to be filled with soil to plant plants. It was somewhat time consuming and exhausting to get red soil outside school. Then we looked around the school and found interesting solution.
There were burnt ashes left and decomposed compost from the dry leaves of bamboo trees. We decided to mix Ashes, Sand and Dry leaf compost to fill the garden. The activity started and the children mixed them and almost filled the garden.
We made a big hot air balloon. We already completed making the balloon along with the 5th graders. Today for the Saturday’s class we decided to make it fly.
We got some old cloth and some kerosene to get hot air from the fire. We lighted it up and held the balloon on top to get hot air going in. The balloon was a big spherical structure. We waited for a long time and couldn’t get the balloon filled with hot air.
Then we discussed with the children on why the balloon did not go up. Their assumptions were
The Balloon had holes in the structure.
Hot air did not go inside.
The balloon was too heavy. (We weighed the weight of the balloon and it was 206 g)
The balloon was not properly made.
Then we decided to make a small balloon and check if it was flying. This time we made a cuboid balloon structure whose height was around 50 cm high. Again with a lot of excitement we filled the balloon with hot air. We waited and waited but it could not go up. We still don’t know the reason why the balloon did not rise up???
All children excitingly seeing the hot air balloon
Lighting up fire
Holding fire and balloon on to top to fill hot air inside the balloon
This week 5th Graders studied Seeds and Seeds lesson from their curriculum and completed half of their lesson. They were excited about planting seeds in the school. So we decided to plant Chik Peas, Moong Bean and Mustard and kept under observation.