Children in 8th were doing rational numbers and they wanted to build a project to demonstrate their learning . They have build a project in number line. This scratch program shows how to find the fraction in a number line. The numerator is ( a random number is asked from the user. The program chooses a number 0 to 3 x the user number ) and the numerator is also generated randomly (2 – 10). The user needs to find the answer for the question. The user needs to give to a value for numerator and a value for the denominator.
From STEM land 3 people went to Bangalore for one intern in Aura. Their we wanted to do a session on electronics for the younger grade. Sanjeev’s sister is running a learning centre for the children. So we proposed her that we can conduct a course on electronics for about a 3 hour session for the children. we started the session at 10AM and ended at 1PM. First they learnt about Seven Segment Display(SSD). Children worked in a group of 3 in which boys and girls were mixed together. Then we introduced all the components that are required for lighting up their names using seven segment display. We had asked then to draw the structure of the seven segment display and to pin connection for each LED. Once they had found the pin connections , we introduced the bread board to them. Then children wrote their names in their notebook as it looks like in the seven segment display and understood how to lit up their name using SSD.
Children learnt how to how to use multimeter and check the voltage of the 9v battery, use 1k resistor and using breadboard and wiring up the circuit. Children were fully engaged for 3 hours and they didn’t get distracted by some things.I was inspired by the children when the class got over children collected all the components and kept them in their corresponding boxes. This shows that the children are responsible and want to keep their place clean.
At the end of the session we closed with reflections from each one of them. We had asked them what they learnt . Many of them said that they.
Learn to connect wire and connect a circuit. Cutting wire, Light up SSD,
Group made a word CAT using SSD, Connect a circuit using breadboard. Group MIA learnt to connect wire and build circuit and light up segment. One group made 39.76C using SSD. All things were new stuff for the children and they learn to work together as team. learnt to communication in group
Mathematics Education and Society 10th International Conference, Hyderabad, India Jan 28th – Feb 2nd, 2019
We went for an International Conference Which happened first time in Asia. It happened in Hyderabad university. The were 160 people from 20 different countries. It was a five day conference. We went to present a paper and a poster. In this conference they a plenary session in which one people will present a p[aper and the other 2 will respond to the presenter. Then 160 were divided into 5 small groups. Each group was about 20 to 25 people. Based on the plenary session from 25 people we again split into small group and discuss about the topic that happened in the plenary session. They also gave change for each group to ask a question. Then gathered in our group and discussed the questions. Among these question we selected a question and asked it to the presenter. The presenters answered the questions. Everyday in the afternoon we had a parallel session on presenting the paper. Paper presentation
Pratap and Poovizhi presented a paper on “factors that influence children attitude towards mathematics”. To read the paper click here.
There were about 55 people for our session and we presented in front of them. Generally it was 10 minutes presentation and 20 minutes for discussion about the paper. But for us we presented for 10 minutes and discussion happened for 40 minutes the paper was well receive by the people. After presenting the paper one of the parent came to us and she wanted her child to admit in our school. That moment we felt that we are doing a big change in the world. Some of them wanted to set-up STEM in their school and they were asking many question about the STEM land school.
On the next day Arun presented a poster on Deep learning of mathematics by building projects and we supported him. It was also well received by the people and some wanted to implement our method in their schools.
The conference was happening for three days. There were about 100 people from different states. We wrote a paper on how children can learn mathematics by building project using physical technology eg. building / construction. Virtual technology such as programming. Children can also learn conceptual ideas by programming a computer. It helps them to break down their ideas into smaller bites for a computer to follow. At the conference we met many people who are working on the Maths education. People who were attending the conference were school teachers, college professors and some research people.
They were many paper presentations happening and debate were happening about mathematics. Most of them talked about the Mathematics at college level. There was a technology session happened using with GeoGebra. Where they introduced how to use this software. They showed how to find the angles and how to draw a parallelogram. They introduced all the tools to us on how to use GeoGebra. To learn more about Technology session Click here
Other Posters at the conference:
As I went for Epistemy7 conference. From my conference experience going with Sanjeev to the Epistemy7 I had just followed everything what he had told in Epistemy7. I followed those things in MTA conference. I had a check list and also created a directory structure with everything that I am going to present. There were about 30 poster and we need to present in an hour. Most of the people visited our poster and I was happy that we were able present our poster to everyone. We also asked people to sign up their Email ID to send further information. Since I took initiative to present the paper I was well prepared for the presentation. I also met many people who had already came for the Epistemy7 last year.
In Thamarai Learning Centre STEM land team offered a basic scratch course in the evening for 5 days from 5.30 PM to 7 PM. The facilitator in that centre didn’t know about scratch so they also joined the course. There were about 15 children and 4 facilitators.
First day we introduced the different blocks and its function in scratch. Children started to explore and were excited in exploring the different options in Scratch. We have asked the children to create 10 question and answers. Then we introduced how to have a conversation between two people. Initially we showed them how to make a conversation with the 10 question. Slowly children started doing it on their own. They learnt to use ‘sensing’ and ‘=’ operators to ask 10 questions. When the wrong answer is typed, the same question should be asked again until the user gives the correct answer.
We introduced the pen function and motion function. Using these functions we showed them how to draw with and object and also to move a objects. Once when they were able to finish we had asked them to draw a triangle. They didn’t want to give up and after 15 minutes they figured it out. Then we asked them to draw a square, pentagon,hexagon, heptagon, octagon. Then they were able to draw different types of mandalas using ‘rotate’ block.
We had introduced children hoe to build a maze game. We showed how to move a object when a key is pressed. Children worked in pairs with each other to create a maze path in the backdrop image. They were able to use sensing function and also become familiar with motion function.
Everyday we asked children to sit in a circle at end of the session for 10 minutes. We asked them to share one thing that they learnt in the session. All the children share something that they learnt.
Most of the children loved and enjoyed building their own game. This created confidence in children that they can make many things using scratch.
In STEM land a person from Auroville came to the iSMART class to conduct a course about raspberry pi course. Initially I dont know how to use raspberry pi. I was curious to learn raspberry pi. I also learnt the differences and advantages between Arduino and Raspberry pi. I learnt the different pin functions and the number of pins on a raspberry pi board. Day 1&2 was fully theory session which was boring.
In order to make it interesting I started ask many question to the teacher and the session was engaged by the participants. What really was interesting in the course was that the Arduino can’t drive a relay but with a raspberry pie we can drive a relay. One the teacher told that a relay can be driven by rapberry, he had a relay module but he couldn’t drive it. I took as a challenge and struggled for two days and I figured it to drive a relay. We made a small circuit with 2 LED where when the relay is on one of that LED will turn on and when the relay is off the other LED will turn on.
After this the teacher was also very happy and he also learnt something from us. Then the next challenge was that to send and to receive inputs from a raspberry pi to a web page.The teacher had asked who knows web page development.
Since I learnt Django web framework in STEM land, I was able to connect What I knew with what I lean now. So I had asked him to show an example how to pass inputs from raspberry to a web page. Then finally in the last class we were able to complete all the task that we planed to accomplish in the course. Now I have some knowledge about raspberry pi and also I can build something with it.
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STEM land team went for a conference at Bangalore in a creative school for there days . There were many teacher from different place and from different school. There were many session happening like maths session by Swathi and Sundaram.
The session that I like most was the session that was held by Aruna and Raghavan. The Geography and activity based learning
In the session they start to introduce about India with 2 and half years old to introduce Geography and history in step by step process. It also improve the vocabulary for the children. They talked about how to give activity and make the children to learn. Visualise the maps and different kind of photos and ask questions about India. Hanging charts of different states with the animals and plants that are growing in that state. Talks with the children about each state one by one and cover each state. Talk about the nuts, vegetables, fruits and also the kind of soils that are present at different place. Talk about the about animals and birds with the children. Talk about about the famous people in the place. Talk about transport, mountain and forest that are present at different place. They talked about how to go step by step and also remind what they learnt before and ask question and assess them. Children can remember what they learnt in the class. Once they started to tell everything about India then we start to spell and start to write about India. They also told that the session should be short like 30 minutes everyday.
In isai ambalam school we were doing SFNE(Stewardship for new emergence) with the teachers. We started with the introducing stand and fear. The first day the insight were very much interesting for me ans they were able to find their universal value. Then we introduce them to find the socialized fear. After the exercise the teachers mentioned that they mentioned that they will act from possibility rather than fear. The second second day were were introducing four profile and the CFSR (Conscious Full Spectrum). I learnt that we can act from the any profile. I was able to connect my self when I act from the wisdom profile. All the teachers were able to share their insight from all the exercise. Then we showed them story of stuff to the teacher and asked them to find the system principles from the movie. All the teachers wrote and shared one system principles to others.
We set up a new smart board for our iSMART class room. Children came from STEM land to the ISMART room and they saw the smart board. Children were so excited to see the smart board class room. They were sharing how they solved the questions in their Maths annual examination. When Sanjeev was writing on the smart board with his finger children were very excited and they all tried using the smart board.
They discussed every question and gave turn for each children to explain when they know answer for the question. 9th graders were able to use the smart board. We are looking forward for various opportunities to use the smart board for its fullest potential. I was really impressed when children were using the smart board. I didn’t get such opportunities when I was studying in school.
We still need a lot of explorations before figuring out how to use it effectively. But, look forward to the new schooling year to put it to full use.