STEM Land Newsletter
Volume-4, July-Oct 2018
|About STEM(Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) land
STEMLand is located in two outreach schools of
Isai Ambalam Shop EBD
A few girls from 10 th grade had built a physical game with a chart representing 3 venn diagrams (governed by 3 randomly selected rules by one team) and a set of 27 games pieces (3 shapes, 3 sizes and 3 colors). The other team players needs to place a piece on one of the areas and ask if it fits there. The goal is to figure out the original rules selected for each circle of the Venn Diagram and demonstrate the understanding of set theory Read more.
The children in 6th grade were not very sure of how the thread was made from cotton. In their textbook, they found a image of a Charkha. This got them enthusiastic and all the students wanted to make Charkhas.The class was split into two groups. Then they searched for resource materials in their school. Since our campus has many bamboo trees they came up with the idea to make charkhas using bamboos Read more.
During the 1 st term holiday children (5 th to 8 th grades) had come to school for half day sessions, to learn something new. There were different groups doing different projects. The EBD’s are Kitchen EBD(Read more), Automatic hacksaw(Read more) , Bi-directional People Counter (Read more) and Speed, Distance and Time (Read more)..
Papers accepted at MES 10
Two of our papers have been accepted at the international Mathematics Education and Society conference 10 to be held in Hyderabad end of Jan. Ganesan P., Patchaiyappan P.,et.al. (Jan 2019)
Support a child
In partnership with Asha for Education we have set up a Support a Child program for Isai Ambalam School the school we all volunteer in. The support will cover the needs of running high quality programs at the school including teachers salaries; nutrition; activities in sports, music, swimming and STEM land activities. The support for a child is Rs.11,000/year ($168/year). Please sign up to support a child here.
We are a team of 12 engineers at STEM land. Our projects range from python programming and more recently to analog VLSI layout.
(Left to right) Sanjeev Ranganathan, Murali, Ranjith,
Support A Child Program II Phase
In partnership with Asha for Education we have set up a Support a Child program forIsai Ambalam School the school we all volunteer in. The support will cover the needs of running high quality programs at the school including teachers salaries; nutrition; activities in sports, music, swimming and STEM land activities.
Contributions can be directed towardsAuroville Unity Fund
The Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. It is a capable little device that enables people of all ages to explore computing, and to learn how to program in languages like Scratch and Python.
What you will need
The Raspberry Pi ships as just the single-board minicomputer. There are a few additional components you will need before you can get started. So, when making your purchase, keep in mind that you’ll need the following extras.
- Raspberry Pi zero
- 5V micro-USB power supply
- USB keyboard
- USB mouse
- microSD card(8GB or 16GB)
- A monitor that supports HDMI
- An HDMI cable
- Wi-Fi dongle
Step 1: Reformat your microSD card
When the reformat is complete, you will get a notification window. Select OK to close the window.
Step 2: Download the Raspberry pi
There is two different version that we learnt one is Terminal version another one is Desktop version. Here is the link to download Terminal version and Desktop version: https://www.balena.io/etcher/ and https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/
Here is the image for the page to download the Raspberry pi.
After installing it will ask your username and password. Then check your IP Address by typing this command if config ……
Step 3: Set up your Raspberry Pi
- Insert the microSD card into the card slot on the underside of the Raspberry Pi.
- Plug the USB keyboard into one of the USB ports.
- Plug the USB mouse into one of the USB ports.
- Turn on your monitor.
- Plug the HDMI into the monitor.
- Connect the other end of the cable into the Raspberry Pi.
- Connect the power supply to the Raspberry Pi.
Once the installation process is finished, Raspbian will automatically begin to boot(Desktop version).
Step 5: Configure your Raspberry Pi
When Raspbian begins to load a bunch of lines of code will appear. This will continue until the boot process has completed. Then, the Raspbian Home screen will appear. You will need to configure your Raspberry Pi system in order to add your location, date, and time.
- Click Menu in the upper left corner of the screen.
- Select Preferences in the dropdown menu.
- Select Raspberry Pi Configuration under Preferences.
- When the configuration window appears, click on the Localisation tab.
- Click on Set Locale… to set your location.
- Click on Set timezone… to set your local time.
- Click on Set Keyboard… to set your keyboard language.
- Reconfiguring your Raspberry Pi will require a reboot. When the reboot window appears, click Yes to continue.
We did LED blink by connecting IP address. We accessed that LED in remote location it was like if we forgot to turn off the A/C. Wherevr we are by using raspberry pi we can turn it off the A/C. Here is the code for turn on and turn off the LED.
Once the terminal version installation process is finished, Raspbian will automatically ask username and password(Terminal version). Remining process please follow this video.
1. When I deeply listen to others I was able to ground myself it made me relaxed and It made others also to be relaxed.
2. From the movie(12 angry men) I noticed they were talked about fact and interpretation.
3. Whenever I get complaints from someone I realized It was an good opportunity to learn and also I noticed when I am complaining to somebody I felt like I really care about the things that’s why I was complaining to somebody.
4. I realized that within 2 minutes I can make others to put in their fear at the same time I can make others to put in their stand.
1. While doing the fact and interpretation tool I noticed myself is that if I give importance to the stories I was unable to find a solution (what to do next) at the same time when I give Importance to the fact I was able to know what to do next.
2. I have realized that moment to moment I was unable to be in integrity.
3. While doing the breakdown to breakthrough I noticed through my wild idea I was able to see what will be my output and outcome for my project. For breakdown to breakthrough I was able to connect with my synergistic operational.
4. I noticed there is relationship between fact interpretation and judgment and discernment.
5. I learnt what is the purpose for forgive without condoning.
6. While doing the overload and overwhelm I have realized that when I felt overload I was able to separate things according to the priority and also I can get help from others. When I am in overwhelm I did know what to do and also I did know whom to ask help. The overwhelm is just a feeling that I noticed it it was stayed in only few minutes then it’s gone when I went to do for another work.
7. When I was doing the conversation for completion I realized what was I missed for past conversation.
7. Whatever the thing I did in the past this session-2 helped me to notice and name it.
During the exam holiday we conducted basic scratch course for children. 7th graders are new to STEM land they donot know to make a project in scratch so we combined Isai Ambalam children with Udavi children. Day by day we are able to see changes from children. When we collaburate with other children it was really fun and learn. Some children from 8th grade also joined with us for helping. They helped their buddies and also they showed the task demo with children. From that demo children got an idea to complete their tasks.
Day 1: Ask question
We asked children prepare few question that can related to anything. They did it then we asked children to use funtions from scratch now use spirite and ask questions and also play it with others. 8th grade children showed demo of the task. Every children did well.
Day2: Shapes to Mandala
We asked children how many shapes do you know draw it by using scratch from that make a mandala and we have given one clue for them that is repeat function for mandala. When they did it they were so happy and theyn shared with other also.
Day3: Maze Game
We asked children to know how to play maze game. From this we have given clue for children to make maze game. 8th grade children showed demo of this then many children made different kind of maze games. That was really awesome and everyone were enjoyed a lot. We gave chance to evryone to share their projects.
Day4: Adding life and score to everyone
Maze game they did for play at one time then we asked children to add life and score. We asked children to use data for that the did well and they taught others also.
Day5: Arc function and Write function
These two function is used to reduce our coding part. This will make our work easy. The task is children should use these function. Children did it and also they made many projects.
We start and end with circle. I noticed that when we collaburate with other children peer learning was happened and we made new relationship with Udavi and Isai Ambalam. I felt this exam holidays helped for others and also we made the holiday meaningful.
Heidi interviewed Sanjeev. Heidi came up with few interesting question for sanjeev. Sanjeev answered her question it was interesting for us.
She asked about Stewardship for new emerging workshop with Monica Sharma and He talked about Leadership In Action Program(LIAP).
He shared his experiance of the stewardship tools and how it helped him to progress of who am I? What do I care for? What is my stand and social fear? etc…… He shared his experience of vipaasana meditation. He shared that what he learnt from these workshops.
In STEM land children have their freedom to work on their own. End of the week children will share their projects to everyone. From this presentation I am able to see peer learning is happening in STEM land.
Every week children are having project presentation through this children confident level is increasing and it made a path to build 7th grade their project.
Baranidharan from 9th grade he made project on drums and piano by using makey makey kit. He just used the makey makey kit and few one rupees coins to play drums and piano. He did coding in scratch. Then he used makey makey and scratch program together.
It was very nice to see his project & 7th grade also excited about his projects and 7th children also got a chance to play piano and drums.
In STEM land children have their freedom to choose their goals for a week and they will work on it. End of the week children will share their projects to everyone. From this presentation I am able to see peer learning is happening in STEM land. Every week children are having project presentation through this children confident level is increasing.
He selected algebra as a goal for this week and he worked on it. He came up with a project on algebra using scratch.
He shared his project to 7th and 9th grade. He explained the concept of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of polynomial.
That was very interesting for us.
7th grade got an idea of how they can make project on scratch.
Divakaran worked on set language and he made a game through scratch.
He shared his project to everyone and 7th grade played that game and learnt about set language.
Though 7th grade did’t have set language as a syllabus but they have learnt about it by this presentation.
Finally from this project presentation 7th grade got an idea of how to make project.
Now 7th grades are working on their projects.
During the activity session children were learning from their elder children. That was quiet interesting for me. Elder children are voluntarily offering to younger children that is i can help you on this project and i can help you on this subject like that. Children are reflecting from their stand. I could see children are using stewardship tool with them. Elder children are creating an opportunity for their younger children. I see this for their growth and for others growth also. Volunteer also making projects using Arduino. Below the picture will tell you about the peer learning.
I taught pattern to 2nd grade children. I used material for that. Children understood the concept of the pattern and I showed them cloth pattern. I asked them to color the worksheet and they did it on their own. They explained the pattern with their friends. Children very excited to continue the pattern and I asked children to create your own pattern. They made color pattern and shape pattern. Children did very nicely. I was impressed. Children did that well.
Here is the images for children pattern.
We had a great time with mohanam team. Our children showed their interest towards tabula through playing instruments and dancing.
Each children got an opportunity to learn one one thing. Finally children took over their turn. We enjoyed a lot and I am able notice few things (1. New children also came out of their hesitation , 2. Gurumurthy much interested in playing kind of drums instruments etc….)
Every children got an opportunity to play all the instruments. And I also had an opportunity to recall what I learnt from mohanam cultural centre.