(They refer to Gujarat team) Rahul and his team from Gujarat came to visit Udavi STEMland and Isai Ambalam school STEM land. They were 4 of them and they run residential school at gujarat. They take mathematics and science for their children. They want to observe the classes (@STEm land) how we teach at STEM land. They were very surprised that we don’t teach in STEM land. They came to know about us through internet. Suddenly they planned to visit. They came only to visit STEM land ( March 28th ) . They also stayed with Isai Ambalam children for their sleep over. They wanted to observe the classes and activities. During sleep overs children go for their drumming circle they were curious to go with children and they want to learn drumming.
In Udavi children presented their projects and children shared their experience with them. They wanted to learn about scratch. I and Murli took scratch course for them with help of my team. We started with basic and Rahu tried his best and he helped his team to familiar with scratch. The did their best and they are continuing relationship with us. We are organizing robotics course for in and around Auroville youngster. Rahul is signed up for this robotics course.
Visitor from Pondicherry. He has an experience in robotics by using Arduino. He wants to learn mindstorm so he visited STEM land. In our STEM land there is no hierarchy. If children knows which I don’t know I can learn from children also. That what happened at STEM land. He actually learnt from children only. He already knew how the mindstorm works but he didn’t do it by practically. He started coming to STEM land then he worked with our children and he learnt mindstorm. Now he is offering course on robotics. Here I am able to see sharing knowledge each other. Whateer we learnt we shared with him now, he is going to share about robotics.
Tamara Moss visited our STEM land in February. She is running Sunflower Learning C enter in Rajashtan. When she visited STEM land she was inspired by children’s projects in scratch. She wanted their children from SLC also want to learn scratch programming. There were 3 teachers and one student from Rajashtan. STEM land facilitators, two of us (Saranya and Muralidharan).
Day 1 :
We started with the tasks. First, we want them to understand about scratch, so we asked them to drag the code and click on now you say what is happening?. It was like conversation then they got whatever the command that they are dragging the sprite is doing it. Finally, they found that. Then we gave the first task to tell a story.
Here is the outcome which we got from them.
The task 2 was interacting with computer by asking questions (general knowledge question). We explained what we are going to do, but we didn’t do it. We asked them to try. When they struggled we helped them.
Here is the outcome which we received from them.
We want to make different shapes which are related to Mathematics. This task also we didn’t do it. We want them to think about it and we got their suggestion of how to draw a circle. Before this we explained about all the blocks in the scratch. Then we showed the demo of how to draw a circle by using that they played a lot also they got those different shapes.
Here is the outcome of this task.
It was continuing the last session. When they completed all the shapes we asked them to use the control function to repeat the shapes. They did that task also they got different Mandala’s. It was very nice.
Here is the outcome of this task.
We gave Maze game task to them. Before doing, we explained about backdrops and filling colour in the backdrops also we a gave small demo to make a Maze game. They were very excited to make maze game. Finally, they did the maze game also they have used scores. They learnt to use data blocks in the scratch.
Here is the outcome of this task.
We continued with Maze game to add life in their game. This was the last task for them. They did the life by using data blocks. Then we told them how to use write expression, arc sprite and why it is being used. We asked them use hep function to get more clarity on what they have learned. It is like tutorials. Also we had 15 min questions for clarity.
Last week children started to work on Mindstrom. Children from 9th grade his name is Diva he made Guitar using Mindstrom. Children from 7th grade they inspired by Diva they also started working on Mindstrom.
One of our intern his name is Abilash he is taking electronics class for Deepanam school children. Children come weekly once which is on thursday. Before they are coming Abilash will prepare for the circuit which he is going to take on that day. It was quiet prepared class. He took classes on how to make inverter and how to make charger etc…
I remember we conducted course on basic electronics for in and around auroville youngster. He came for that course and whatever he learnt through that course he is spreading(by teaching).
I was attending electronics class with sanjeev friend sanjay. I felt that the electronics class is for my growth. I am recollecting all my keywords(that I have learnt it during my college) and doing it in practical. I got a such a wonderful place to grow for my self and for others.
I did a basic circuit experiment on diode. I assumed that I knew about diode but when sanjay gave a small circuit I couldn’t find how much current and voltage is flowing in the diode circuit. He gave me everyday assignment. It was a same diode circuit. During my college days when I do experiment at that time only I measure the values(voltage and current) but with sanjay first I do calculation(estimation) then only I do experiment to check with my calculation. I felt happy when my calculation and measured values were very closer. Some snapshots(of my calculation) are here.
In our STEM land we have lost 1/8 of fraction piece. We wanted to have permanent solution instaed of having temporary solution so we discussed with our team then we came up with an idea of printing through 3D printer. Naveen taught us how to make the fraction piece by using blender software and also he taught how to print it with 3D printer.
We did the fraction piece together and we printed out by using 3D printer. It was very nice experience and it gave us permanent solution for the issue that we had faced.
During activity period children worked on mindstrom. Children again started using mindstrom also they were back to kapla game. 8th grade children few of them build strong building by using kapla. It was quiet interesting also amazing. They built motor bike.(image is coming soon)
During activity period 7th grade wanted to work on their scratch projects(They were creating projects according to their plan) so 8th grade wanted to help them.
Also children were back to kapla. They worked individually also in group. They built one nice building by using kapla. I was able to see peer learning was happening with our children.