## Python course

~Logeshwari, Sandhiya

We had interns coming to STEMland to learn to program. A few of them were learning Scratch and making projects. We conducted a course on the basics of Python. It was a five-day course for one and a half hours each day. There were about 15 of them attending the course. Everyday based on what the interns learned assessments were given accordingly.

People shared their assessments with others at the beginning of the class for about 10 minutes.

In the five days of the course, everyone learned the following.

• Print statements
• Variables
• Data structures/data types (tuples, list, dictionaries, etc.)
• Data type conversions
• Functions
• Imports
• Global variables
• Scope of functions
• Classes

This is the first time that I took a technical course. It was a new experience of teaching/ sharing what I learned to adults.  I planned for the course and I decided the assignments before the day which made me clear on what I wanted to do. Instead of going to more advanced it is always good to review the basics not only in programming. It was a nice opportunity for me to review my basics in python

Where to improve:

I felt that I need to follow the time properly. I missed a few important things which I added later which I should have told initially itself.

## Divisibility Rule by 3?

~Sandhiya, Ganesh Shelke

We, as a team of two, worked on creating the model to demonstrate the divisibility by 3 rule for 3 digit numbers so that students can actually see and visualize the concept.

The basic concept is as follows:

Let’s take the number e.g.  498

The Theory:

To see if it is divisible by 3 or not, we will simplify the number as follows:

First, we will simplify it as Hundred’s place, ten’s place, and one’s placed by splitting these places into 1 + remaining term (9, 99, 999, …)

498 = 4(1+99) + 9(1+9) + 8

Simplifying brackets:

498 = 4 + 4*99 + 9 + 9*9 + 8

Rearranging the terms:

498 = 4(99) + 9(9) + 4 + 9 + 8  (Observe that we get original number back 498)

So, we have 9, 99, 999, … that is completely divisible by 3 and if we multiply these numbers by any number, then also it will be completely divisible by 3. And we will add remaining numbers (4+9+8=23) We put these numbers and divide them as complete blocks of 3 squares. If all blocks are complete, then the number is divisible by 3, otherwise, it’s not. Here in our case, it’s not divisible by 3

Demonstration:

To demonstrate this, we have created squares of 100 i.e. 10*10 and 10 i.e. (1*10) and painted every 3 squares in the same color (this demonstrates that it is completely divisible by 3) and then we have one square left from every 1000, 100, 10 blocks. We will add these blank squares, count them and see if we get all complete blocks of 3 squares or not. If we get all the complete blocks of 3 squares, then the number is completely divisible by 3 otherwise it’s not.

~Sandhiya

In the quilt dashboard, we used the flask language. I have created the sample project to learn the flask, Django and sqlalchemy .

Postman:

I used a postman to insert the data into the database. I also attached the link.

What is Postman?

Postman is currently one of the most popular tools used in API testing. It started in 2012 as a side project by Abhinav Asthana to simplify API workflow in testing and development. API stands for Application Programming Interface which allows software applications to communicate with each other via API calls.

## STEM Land Newsletter Volume-7, Jun ’19-Sep’19

~Sundar, Sandhiya

#### Volume-7, Jun’19-Sep’19

About STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) land

STEM Land is currently located in two outreach (Isai Ambalam and Udavi) schools of Auroville. Children come to STEM Land for their Mathematics, EVS, and Science classes. They learn Mathematics, Electronics, 3D-Printing, Programming, Mindstorms (Robotics), strategic games puzzles and much more.

The children take responsibility for their learning and plan their goals. They work individually, in pairs or peer groups and ask for support from facilitators when they need it. This self-directed learning is based on Sri Aurobindo’s first True principle of education (Aurobindo, 1910); “Nothing can be taught”. With younger children, we work on real-life projects that impact their surroundings. We believe a nurturing environment can support a child’s learning. Read more

Growth of the team and new engagements

This has been an exciting four months at STEM land. Our team of youth supported through our partners has doubled. This came with a n engagement with Quilt.AI (https://quilt.ai/) A Singapore based AI company currently supports the 5 members of a technical AI(Artificial Intelligence) team who work on analysis and analytics of web data as well as 4 members of the content team who are working on analysis and content for Quilt. This has also supported STEM land expand and create an English program other than the Mathematics and EVS/Science support we provide to schools. We are currently a team of 18 Engineering and Arts Professionals. Our projects with partners range from embedded software in Python, Analog VLSI layout,  Artificial Intelligence and analytics. Meet the team

(Left to right) Murali, Thamizhselvi, Anupama, Prabha, Vimal, Bhuvana, Sanjeev, Sriman, Pratap, Ranjith, Arun, Sandhya, Sivaraman, Poovizhi, Abilash, Sundranandhan, Vasanth, Saranya, rushikesh (Naveen and Logeshwari are not in this picture).

We organized a teacher training program over the summer for organizations that were interested in setting STEM land at those locations or learn programming with children among them were Abilash, Jagdeeshwari, Saravanan, Savitri, Vimal, who are setting up STEM land at AV schools, Tamarai, Aikiyam School and AIAT. Also a paper based on the workshop “Conscious teacher training supporting inner development along with developing skills and competencies” has been accepted at epiSTEME8 that we will present at Homi Baba Center of Science Education in January.

STEM Land New Location Inauguration 2019.

STEM land was offered a new space in Udavi. All of us were busy setting up STEM Land for a couple of weeks. Especially, Saranya who took the lead for setting up the place. Now we have a bigger space and have a separate room for electronics.

A lot of thought was put into how space should be organized and some construction and repair was needed. This was handled by professionals and organizing the space was up to us. Saranya made a 3D model of the space and was materials should come. Everything was planned before the move, we needed no afterthoughts. Read more

Sri Aurobindo  birthday and Independence day celebration run

As India marked its 73rd Independence Day, Children’s of Isaiambalam school celebrated Independence Day with flag hoisting and cultural events. We started our day at 5:00 am with bonfire and meditation for an hour in amphitheater Matrimandir Auroville. Later, we had started our marathon. Our Whole team and teachers helped to organize this event. Students started their marathon from Auroville Matrimandir across the Auroville communities and villages and reached school. Our Principle Dr.Sanjeev and teachers followed them and encouraged to finish the marathon. Read more

Javascript course

We had an intense course offered at STEM land by Umang Doctor who has over 18 years of experience in software development and digital technologies. Ten people participated in the course and we learned and Practical experience of responsive website development primarily using JavaScript.The course included: HTML 5, CSS 3, ES6, Bootstrap 4, JavaScript basics, Data structures using JavaScript, JavaScript modules, OOPS, Debugging using Chrome. Read more.

Internship at STEMLand

Three students from college came to STEM land for intern-ship for two weeks to learn Scratch programming. We have asked them to create some projects from scratch. They created some video projects on addition, fraction, number line, multiplication, representing and arranging ascending order and descending order with squares. People from STEM land took Stewardship for new emergence for them. They took a few tools from that session for them. For examples stand, fear, deep listening, and background conversation, four profile and Conscious Full-spectrum Response. Read more

Inspiration-program

We are working in collaboration with Ramakrishna Mission on a personality development program (part of Human Excellence). Swami Krishnan Maharaj from Ramakrishna mission in Chengalpattu helped set up the program that we call Inspiration at Isaiamblam school. The program is across verticals with groups that include some teachers, volunteers and children from 6th to 8th grades in each group. We discussed the inspiration and how it feels when we get inspired. Then we learned about value-added education where we need to add value throughout our life. Then we split up into 6 teams and got a topic for each team. The team was mixed with teachers, STEM land volunteers, and children. Read more.

2017-2018 batch children’s reflection on STEM land

2017 – 2018 batch children from Udavi had a get-together. We’ve planned to meet them and have a conversation on how STEM land was useful for them and what they feel about STEM land. Children were in their summer holidays and organized a get together themselves. We all felt happy to see them back. We started the conversation by asking them “What do you remember or miss about STEM land and how is it used?” Read more

STEM Land in Aikiyam

Pratap and Murali started supporting Saravanan in initiating a STEM Center in Aikiyam School. Following are some updates from Aikiyam:

STEM Land in Thamarai

There were around 20 kids from 6th std above. Thamarai facilitators said that they wanted to teach mathematics using materials. To start with basics we used Dienes block to visualize the arithmetic operations. Children learnt about cube, rod and plate. I wrote the numbers and the operator on the board and asked children to find the answer using Dienes block. Children were split into four teams and worked as a team. Facilitators also learnt along with the children. Through this, children got clarity of how carry over works and why do we carry over and borrow.

STEM Land Projects at Auroville Schools

As most of the students were new to electronics, they were asked to build a simple battery holder
( Aravind Gupta Toys) and to measure the voltage from the battery using the multimeter. They were given different batteries and were asked to measure the voltage by keeping them in series. They were able to notice the change in voltages in different batteries and enjoyed the process. The students helped each other by sharing their knowledge with their younger buddies and we were able to see the Peer Learning build up. At the end of the day, they were able to learn about voltage, LED, copper, multimeters, and make the LED glow. Read more

What’sUp Integers

With the many STEM lands coming up we felt that Thematic Weeks across schools could be interesting for children to learn from each other across schools. We have started to learn and discover the different ways of how Integers can be looked at. Children can come up with projects, stories, modules explaining the same with a short 3 to 4mins This event starts on the 20/08/2019 and comes to close 31/08/2019. Both schools should interchange videos among them. Read more.

Automatic street light using LDR

While preparing the electronics class, we took “Automatic street light using LDR” as the circuit, where  “LED” turns ON in dark and turns OFF in bright place automatically. After giving the circuit connection, the LED didn’t turn OFF when it was bright. So we started analyzing the circuit, then we found out that, the R1 resistor was low when compared to the resistance of the LDR under the brightness. Read more

6th-grade children are studying photosynthesis which is one of the topics in the EVS chapter. Meanwhile, 7th-grade children have been doing a model of a plant cell using clay under the guidance of Vasanthraj. Since now they have completed their model, they wanted to show and demonstrate it to the other grades. When they came to present to 6th grade, we noticed that we are in sync. Photosynthesis is related to plant cell, Thus the 6th graders find it very much useful in what they are studying and asked a few questions/doubts to the 7th grade and they answer their question. Inter-grade education like these is highly appreciated by teachers and students as well. Read more

Monthly Progress card for School Software

We created a 2nd version of the school software to make and assess the plan for children in Isai Ambalam School. Teachers were writing the monthly progress card by hand. We made this feature so that teachers can use the planning software and make the progress card. It would be useful to copy the progress card for multiple children and make changes that would save time. It helps to keep track and view the previous month’s progress card. Read more

Atrei Visit

Atrei is a geology scientist, who is our main support in Asha Bangalore. She had visited Udavi and Isai Ambalam school STEM Land. Later she had interacted with the youths that work in STEM Land. During the interaction, the youth had come up with a few questions related to geology. There was also a Judo demonstration by the Isai Ambalam School children. Atrei has a black belt in karate.

Support A Child Program

In partnership with Asha for Education we have set up a Support a child program for Isai Ambalam School. The support of Rs.11,000/year covered some of the running expenses of the school including teacher’s salaries; nutrition; activities in sports, music, swimming, and STEM land activities. Last year we successfully found support for all children at the school by the end of the schooling year. This year the strength of the school has increased to 154 and the third phase is in progress.. A positive development  that we see this year is some of the parents are putting in funds to collectively support some children themselves.

Contributions towards STEM land can be directed towards
Auroville Unity Fund
with a note for STEM land and mail it to
Dr. Sanjeev Ranganathan,
STEM land Udavi School, Auroville,
All donations are 100% tax-deductible in India.

www.auraauro.com

## Talent Show

~Sandhiya

In Isai Ambalam children, Instead of inspiration work the children practiced and performed their talents (craft, sing with the tabala, power point presentation(Early people life style) and also children practice Inspiration sayings for presenting on Wednesday to all their parents.

## Puzzle Solution Box-Isai STEM Land

~Sandhiya

In udavi each week a mathematical Puzzle is placed on the stem land notice board, where the interested students who wants to solve the puzzle writes the answer and drops the answer in the solution Box.

In this method, we implemented in all stem land. From this week onwards, In isai ambalam we  also started this method.

## Holiday Learning

~Sandhiya

In Quarterly exam holidays(8/10/2019 to 12/10/2019), Isai Ambalam Childrens came and repaired the EBD(Ladder and Tree House,) make herbal medicines( herbal soap,herbal tooth powder, and herbal thailam ), repaired the kitchen materials (Induction Heater, grinder)and check and changed the bulb, fans in each class.

Four teachers( Siva, Alex, Vasanth, and Narmada) supported the children.

First, children checked all class what are things going to repair, after they make their circuit plan for each class and implemented step by step.

Fixing Fan and Bulb in Stem land and Prayer hall:

Prasanna from Auroville Electrical service, he came up and taught basics electrical like a tester, using a multimeter to find current and voltage, and description of fuse wire.

Circuit Plan for Each Class:

Cleaning school

Siva explained the circuit of Induction Heater. Children were able to understand the concepts and circuit and fixed on it.

Testing the Induction heater using multimeter:

Fixing the Extension Cable:

Narmada and few girls worked on to make the herbal soap, tooth powder and herbal thailam.

Alex, Vasanth, and children worked on the EBD(tree house and ladder) and painted the library.

## Integral learning-Whatup’s Integers

~Sandhiya

We have started to learn and discover the different ways of how Integers can be looked at.
Following are some ideas children can work on, It is totally up to the students on what they would like to build.

1. To be able to tell stories of +, -, *, /
2. To know different stories with Othello ++,+-,-+,– and link it with multiplication
3. To be able to determine angles 180-theta and 360 – theta
4. To be able to know special integers (Pythagorean triples)
5. To be able to show a number on the number line
6. Be able to write a scratch program to show the target game
7. Using Ganit mala be able to explain how to get to the target.
8. To be able to divide integers to get a fraction
9. To know repeated addition is multiplication
10. To know repeated multiplication is powers
11. Squares and cubes of integers

Children can come up with projects, stories, modules explaining the same with a short 3 to 4mins videos.

This event starts on the 20/08/2019 and comes to a close 31/08/2019.

In Isai Ambalam, 7th -grade students taught the Integers addition, subtraction using a Number line, Othello, Gaint mala and also explained the addition and subtraction using the staircase to 5th-grade.

Vasanth and Sandhiya supported the children to share their learning.

In 7th-grade, each person took 2 children and explained the integers addition and subtraction. 5th- grade was keep asking the question and learned the integers using the math materials.

5th-grade students wrote the English scripts about what they learned in Integers and get corrected with Nirmala, and shared the integers with our classmates.

## Cast Metal Brain Teasers Puzzles

~Sandhiya, Arun

In STEMland as one of the activity, children were asked to solve metal puzzles. The activity was fun. 3rd-grade children were interested and curious to solve these puzzles. There were divided into 8 groups, 2 children in each. The task was to solve the puzzles within the given time.

Children were engaged and curious about the task was given to them. After finishing their task, they supported each other. They also shared the puzzles they were able to solve to others.

## mysql client documentation-windows

~Sandhiya

What is mysqlclient?

The client package also comes with utilities that allow you to easily backup/restore data and administer the server.

Install mysqlclient for windows