3rd grade children from Isai ambalam school are studying about patterns. They were given an activity to make some design out of different shapes and colors. They split into teams and started to create their own designs. Later they all went through each one’s design and found the pattern in the design. Children were able to find the pattern that was used in the design and discussed about it. They were so interested to use the material and it was easy for them to understand about patterns. Later they were able to find patterns from their class room. They came up with things like window grill, wall, Leaves and so on.
3rd grade children are studying about leaves and its uses. They collected different types of leaves and made different types of images like rat, butterfly, penguin, Ganesha and elephant.
It was interesting to see children come up with their own ideas. Children shared the leaves that they have collected among themselves. After completing it they wanted to fill the remaining space so they collected some flowers and decorated it and some of them drew grass around the paper.
At the end of the class they shared their work to their friends and displayed it in their classroom. 4th grade children also came and saw their work and the 3rd graders were proud of their work.
Using ESL and bilingual activities to simplify English language teaching
I attended a session on ESL creative school, Bangalore.
We wrote our names and split it as per the phonetics and wrote our names in our mother tongue and split it using hyphen.
We did the same for our friends name also.
We framed sentences and translated them to our mother tongue.
We went through small booklets with short stories as a team and filled out reading record with title, interesting word and stars and chose the best book of the day.
We shared our best story with other teams.
Then we made our own booklets and came up with our own short stories. We also drew pictures and colored our booklet.
It was fun and interesting when we translated the sentences from our mother tongue to English.
# What is WordPress
WordPress is an open source, free to use Content Management System. It was initially designed and build to support emerging bloggers to
effectively communicate the message to larger audience by focusing more on the content and reduce the time investment required to code a new page for every single post.
# What is a domain & a server
A web domain is an ip address with human readable name mask that points to your website when a user types it in the web browser.
A domain is just a name available on the web to point to the directory where you keep your website, to build that directory you need a web server.
# Download and install Local server –
– Xampp – https://www.apachefriends.org/download.html
– Wamp – http://www.wampserver.com/en/
# Setting up database and db_user
Once we download and install Xampp/Wampp server, we need to create a new database. To do it easily, we run the xampp/wampp server, then in the web browser we type – localhost/phpmyadmin or localhost:8080/phpmyadmin
In phymyadmin look for the option create database. Give it a unique name and for language, select collection and hit the create database button.
# Installing WordPress
– Go to – https://wordpress.org and download the latest available version of the WordPress.
– Unzip the files into your htdocs folder
# WordPress folder hierarchy
| htdocs/www | ————- This is your web server’s root directory.
|WordPress/public_html| ————- This is your web site’s home directory.
| —-=> This is where all your need to Extract all data
| from the .zip file we downloaded from wordpress.org
Go to your home page
Appearance → Themes
Download themes from online.
Plugins →support theme to avoid spam activate it.
Search for install plugin
setup mail → install and activate sends email
For page builder
search for elementor pro. Download and extract it under
Xampp/ htdocs/wordpress/ wp-content/ plugins
Themes-→Addnew → upload themes
Check if you have style.css in your extracted oceanwp
If you have it compress oceanwp to zip file and upload it
If you get an error php.ini
Go to xampp/htdocs/wordpress/wp_config
Add a line Define(‘WP_MEMORY_LIMIT’,’256M’);
Above /* That’s all, stop editing! Happy blogging.*/
Stop Apache and start it again
If you get the same error again
Go to xampp/php/php.ini
1) memory_limit set it to 512M
2) max_input_time set it to -1
3) max_execution_time set it to 30
4) upload_max_filesize set it to 512M
Stop Apache and start again
choose file → oceanwp1.15.zip → install now
Activate the theme and bigin installing plugins
Click install on ocean extra
Download and extract wptest.io . It is a demo data for wordpress
Dashboard → tools → import→ wordpress → install now → Run importer → choose file → wptest_master → wptest.XML doc → open upload file and import → select all as admin
select download and import file attachments and submit
Dahboard → appearance → menus
Theme panel select themes and save changes.
To set Logo
Browse online for freepick or freelogo and download
To change font and style
Typography → choose options
3rd grade children in Transition school are studying about energy and its types. About 19 children came to STEM land to learnt about energy.
They learnt about converting electrical energy to light energy. We started the session by introducing voltage and showed them different types of batteries and discussed about them. We gave them the multi meters and showed to check the connectivity and to measure the voltage. Children measured the voltage of different types of batteries. Then we asked them to light up LEDs and measure how bright they can light up using resistors and batteries. They learnt about +ve and -ve charges and to connect an electrical circuit. Children were able to light up the LEDs and connected multiple LEDs to light to make it more brighter. Then they had some time and they went around STEM land and played some games and were figuring out to solve the rubik’s cube. Children said that they enjoyed working with multimeter, 9V battery, resistors and LEDs. They were able to connect with what they are studying and enjoyed the practical session.
-Poovizhi and Ranjith
Savarirayalu nayakar govt girls high school is applying for a national award in ICT and asked our support on Scratch and Geogebra. Children from 8th and 9th grade were interested to learn. On the first day we did a scratch course. We gave them a task to ask multiple questions and if the answer is correct it’ll move on to the next question else it’ll ask the same question until it is correct. Children were able to use controls and were able to find the logic. The next two days we did a course on Geogebra. Children first explored all the tools available in Geogebra and then drew an equilateral triangle. Some of the children drew it using regular polygon. Then we asked them to draw equilateral triangle by finding the intersection point. They used two circles and found the intersection point and were able to draw the triangle. Then we asked them to draw different triangles and find the sum of the angles of all the triangle. They found that the sum of all three angles of a triangle is 180 degree for all triangle.
On second day, we asked them to draw circle and to find out ratio of circumference and diameter of different circle.They found that the ratio of circumference and diameter is 3.14 (Pi value) for all circle. Then, we asked them to draw chord line on circles and make a triangle by choosing a point on circles with chord as a base of triangle and measure the angles of triangles. Then we asked them to find out the pattern in triangles in different circle. They found that the angle for all triangle at third vertex point on one section of circle is same and different from angle on other section of circle which are separated by chord line on circle and also the sum of angles of both section of circle is always 180 degree for all circle with different chord length.
Auroville celebrated Sangamam where all the workers and their families from the bioregion came together and enjoyed the events. It was a whole day of sports, arts and crafts, cultural programs and many more events. We were allocated a stall for STEM land. Three children from Isai ambalam and 4 children from Udavi came and they setup the stall.
We asked people to display their name or their first letter using the seven segment displays. Children also were playing games like abalone, Pylos, Dobble and gave some challenging activities to the people.Children asked them to solve the rubiks cube and cast puzzles. Children and the adults were happy to these activities. They were able to display their names using the seven segment displays. Some of them were also able to solve the cast puzzles and were proud of solving them.
We also gave a talk about STEM land under unending education. Bala talked about STEM land in Isai Ambalam and the EBD’s we do there. He also connected with his personal life and the education system that he had before and said that he’s happy to see children having an alternative educations. He also added that we can support more children in Isai ambalam school and people who are interested to join their kids can visit Isai ambalam. I talked about STEM land in Udavi and how children take responsibility of their learning. We also said that we offer free courses related to engineering and people who are interested in learning are always welcome to STEM land.
Nilavazhagan who has completed B.Tech visited our stall in Sangamam and was interested in learning more on what we do. Yesterday he came to STEM land and visited. He wanted to continue and started to come from today onwards and was learning things with children.
We presented our paper about STEM land in Udavi and Isai ambalam in The Bridge a collaborative research in Auroville. Our paper was under unending education on 25th Feb 2018. We started the presentation with the core values of STEM land and about the activities and interventions in STEM land. And continued with the plans and tracking method that we follow in STEM land. Then we shared about the Leadership in action program that we do with children and few examples of how it had benefited them to be responsible.
Then we shared about the learning environment in STEM land where there is no hierarchy and learning becomes a social activity and spreads without one to one inputs from facilitators. We also pointed out how STEM is moving towards STEAM and the outcome of children after coming to STEM land. Then we shared about STEM land in Isaiambalam.
We explained about the real life challenges that children take up and how they solve it through EBD. People enjoyed the session and happy to see children work. We showed them few pictures of children working on their EBD and the designs they have build like, Pond, honey bee, Bamboo torch, garden and kitchen waste water management. People enjoyed the presentation and were interested to know more about STEM land.
We met Parul when we presented our paper (“Fostering responsibility in learning in rural schools) in TISS Mumbai. She is a management trainee in BPCL. She wanted to learn more about STEM land so she visited STEM land last Sunday. She came with her parents.
She saw all the Montessori materials we used and asked how they were used and for what purpose. Then she was keen in understanding how children learn multiplication tables using Vaughn cube. We explained her the pronunciation and the corresponding numbers. She tried finding it herself and was happy that she understood it. She also shared it with her parents. She learned about the 3D printer and designed a 3D object in Blender. We showed her some projects made by children in scratch and Geogebra.
Her parents were trying to solve some cast puzzles. We all played dimension games and were explaining about how STEM land works and what we do there. Parul enjoyed STEM land and wanted to support us on our research work.