We had a created a system in STEM land(Udavi school). We started to put up logical puzzles which can be solved logically and as well mathematically. At first we did not have a board to pin the puzzle papers. So, we used to stick it on the wall. Then, we bought a pin board. It was before lunch when I planned to put up the board. Rathinavelu(from 9th grade) and Dievakaran (from 7th grade) can up to me and said that they want to put up the board. I left the work to them. They measured where the holes needed to be put and marked it. Then, they drilled holes on the mark. They took turns in hitting the wood piece and screws inside the holes that were drilled. After all the hard work they fixed the board on the wall.
Rathinavelu Hammering the nail
Dievakaran taking his turn to hammer the nail
Fixing the board on the wall together
To mention, they did all this in their lunch break. That day, they went to lunch late.
This showed me that children here want to take responsibility for this place.
They learned how to drill and how to share work their equally.
Shalini, student from 7th grade learned about circle in her textbook. She was learning the topics on chord, diameter, circumference and ratio between circumference and diameter.
She used Geo Board(Montessori material) to learn these topics
The Geoboard is a tool for exploring a variety of mathematical topics introduced in the elementary and middle grades. Learners stretch bands around pegs to form line segments and polygons and find perimeter, area and more.
Shalini learning about circle using the Geo Board
Outcomes / What she knows now and is able to do
Chord is a line segment drawn at any two points in a circle.
Diameter is a chord that passes through the center of the circle.
Circumference is the perimeter of the circle.
She is able to find the ratio(which is 3.14(pi)) if she either knows the circumference of the circle or the diameter.
She is now able to use the geo board and demonstrate the above topics to her friends.
We conducted a Stewardship workshop on 24/11/16 for the Deepanam school kids who have their Maths class in Stemland. We conduct this workshop for all the children we work with to have the same language for communication so that it would be easier for us to work with the kids. I also thought that it personally will help them to be more responsible towards their growth in their learning. So we conducted the Stewardship workshop to the kids and it was delivered by Sanjeev Ranganathan.
We did the STAND(possibility/inner wisdom),fearsand deep listening with them. For them to realize their STAND, the children were asked “The person whom they admire the most but, the person should not be personally known”. I saw some kids explore deeply inside them for them to realize “Who they really are” and shared it to the group. Like before they also realized their socialized fears and shared it. Then we did the deep listening for the children where they did the exercises and shared how they felt. Even-though, Mahavir(Maths teacher – Deepanam School) who said he will be a spectator, joined the kids(with whom he works) and participated in the workshop. He also shared his stand and fears.
It was a different experience for me to work these kids. Some kids were really into the tools and were deeply discovering themselves. The kids were courageous to share their insights even-though they hesitated in the beginning. Some of the insights that came out were really inspiring for me. I like to see the kids using the tools and discover more about themselves and share it to the world.
Prabhakaran 7th grade student from Isai-Ambalam school.He comes to Stem land on every Saturday and works on his own doing soldering and tinkering some electronics kit. He made this burglar alarm by himself with a buzzer,clip and a battery. Then he demonstarted how it works. In the mouth of the clip he placed two metal screws . Then he connected one of the screw to the battery and the other screw to the buzzer so that when both the screws are in contact it makes sound . Then he attached an icecream stick to a thread and stuck it on the side wall of the door. He then placed the icecream stick in between the metal screws of the clip and closed the door. When the door opened the icecream stick would come out from the clip and the metal screws would be in contact with each other, so the buzzer would be connected to the battery and makes the beep sound. This is a simple and a wonderful burglar alarm.
I went to Bangalore to do an internship on “Toys from Trash”(Aravind Gupta Toys). I did the Internship at SchoolGuru(located at Malleshwaram in Bangalore). Procheta was my practioner. The timing was from 10am-5pm.I did some 21 toys by watching the videos on youtube. After I finished each toy, Procheta and I we would discuss about the toy like how it will work and what principle it is based on,were it would be used and all. After a week Procheta,Vishal(another practioner)and I conducted a small workshop for the kids in Pura Fountain (Appartment in Marathalli,near Marathalli Bridge) . There were about 12-15 kids(age- 8 to 12 years old) , we conducted the workshop for three days. Each day we did some 5 toys. The kids really enjoyed making the toys and also enjoyed playing with it.
Then I went to Azhim Premji University(Electronic city,Inside PES College Campus) on 11th and 12th with my team (Vishal,Procheta and Me) were we attended a workshop conducted by Vikas Maniar on “Learning Maths from Trash Toys”. We made Counters, 2D blocks, Arrow Cards , Money Cards , Place Value Cards and Abacus and some more materials using waste cardboard sheets, small wood piece, nuts,cycle spoke and color paper to teach children(primary section) about numbers and addition, subtraction, division and multplication. How the children can find their own way in recognising the pattern and their own way of solving the problem was the main goal of our work.
On 13th Friday we conducted a workshop at Thermo Fisher Scientific(A company which helps Researcher in their research field) for 18 students(from 7th-10th Grade) from rural school and even some of the employees attended the workshop with their children. Then in the afternoon we went to NIAS(National Institute of Advanced Science which is situated inside IISC-Indian Institute of Science Campus) where Procheta and Vishal gave a small demonstration to the kids there and after we conducted a workshop for the kids to make the toys. The kids were so excited and they were asking lot of questions.
I learned many things from making the toys,how to be organized when conducting workshops and how efficiently I am able to work. First, we would discuss what toys that we will do with the children in the workshops. Once, it is finalised we would take the materials and arrange the materials and take it to the place where we would have the workshop. Then we will first distribute the materials needed for the first toy and we w it will do the toy one step at a time. First, we will do it and the children would see it and then they will do it. Once, the toy is finished we all would discuss about the toy how it works and why it works. This is where the children starts thinking and asks question. After that they go and play with the toy. I would like to see going forward by taking session on how I conducted the Workshops with my team(Aura Auro Design) and teach the childrens in school. It was a nice experience that I had in Bangalore. I would like to use the experience that I got in my work space.
At first the children did a seven segment display(SSD) board which displays StemLand on it by lighting it up using a 9V battery using a corresponding resistor in series. After that we(Anishvathi,Sangeetha,Praveen,Sharmila,Fevina- 8th Grade Students) properly soldered the SSD on a pcb board . We wanted to make the ssd to light up in various ways. So, we used an arduino pro-mini to program the SSD to blink in various ways .We used a battery which was 9V but if we had given the 9V directly it would burn out the arduino board and the SSD.So, we used a 5V voltage regulator which will give us 5V at the output from a 9V input from the battery. Where the output of the regulator is fed to the input of the arduino board. The board worked smoothly. After a few days the battery discharged so we had to change a new battery .
Then Sanjeev gave an idea to make it work using the solar panel . At first Praveen (Student form 8th Grade) and I used one solar panel which did not have enough current to light up the SSDs.So, we used two solar panels in parallel and we got enough current to light up the SSD. Now the board runs in solar energy from the solar panel.
(Praveen holding the solar panel and displaying how it works)
There is also more detail about this Name Board in the link below