Author Archives: Sundranandhan

Reflection (2017-2018)

The Year 2017-2018, Progress occurred in various aspects. I am able to notice a vast change in my inner being, and abilities as well.I have realized that happiness is something special that I create within me, and this emanates in all things that I do, and participate small or large. Supporting children in their growth and seeing them accomplish their goals gives a huge sense of awe, and responsibility. As a learner and technologist I have gained the confidence to support my fellow colleagues and learned from the team as a whole, this has made my knowledge rich and diversified. Each member of the team has a unique set of universal values, skills and accountability, and seeing them engaged with commitment gives me an adrenaline drive to progress towards perfection along by their sides. I have shared many moments of inspiration and clarity that remain special to me. There has been a lot of new experiences in courses that were conducted and seeing new people join the team, and fellow ones progress and search towards their new goals, attachment has become something I have realized that needs to be let go, in order togo with the present flow of things being put forward for a higher purpose.

I am privileged to be at the place of most potential were I own the opportunity to learn, grow, work and support others in their learning’s.

Research has given me the curiosity to think beyond what I could have imagined it would be, to get down to details and provide clarity on what is that has made me all this change in me and bring it out to others to experience.

 

Open House at the 6th grade

The Udavi school children had their Open house before the summer break. They put together what they found interesting that they had built in the term.

The view consisted of electronic circuits that they had built.

The children built a table top lamp and connected a switch with a 9V battery in series. Decorated the exterior with foam and color .

 

 

 

 

 

Leds that connect states and their important capitals, that turn on when the connection is given with the use of a wire.

 

 

Buzzer that was connected to a battery with the use of switch.

 

 

 

 

An infinity cube that was constructed using 8th smaller cubes and taped together.

Link:

http://www.auraauro.com/school/building-an-infinity-cube-with-the-6th-graders/

 

 

Building an Infinity cube with the 6th graders.

Along with the 6th graders from Udavi school, the children wanted to build something to show to their parents. Initially a few weeks back we had build cubes from chart paper. Then I remembered once Ravi A who had come to Isaiambalam to show his work, had introduced some kirigami and one thing that really got me amazed was an infinity cube he had built. This idea struck me and we along with the children decided to convert their cubes to an infinity cube.

So began the taping cutting gluing job:

 

6th graders building name board with SSDs

The 6th grade wanted to build name boards for their class. We started by learning how a multi-meter works in order to check for the connections in the bread board and to test the SSD’s

Now the batteries were low and the children started by opening the meters and replacing the batteries.

Once the multi-meter were functional, we started to hack and learn the connections in the bread board by testing for connectivity..Then children were given each and CA(common anode) SSD and asked to bias them to find out the corresponding light settings for each segment. With the available information they gathered they had begun to build the name boards.

Building a microscope by hacking a web cam

Some of the 8th and 7th graders decided to come to school on their first day of Pongal holiday. Each person of the team came up different modules to build. I had an unused web cam and decided to turn it into an microscope. Naveen and Agalya were interested and so the Hack began

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Agalya unscrewed the web cam and separated all the components.

The hack was to reverse the lens.

Once the lens was reversed the children where able to see different objects we had initially checked out the display to see the RGB components.

Evening at iSmart class and sleep over at Udavi

The day before the inauguration of the iSmart class room we had a combined class with two school children the 6th and 7th from Isaiambalam and the 9th graders from Udavi school.

The evening started with a circle and introduction of each others names.

Then the 9th graders from Udavi school had given a list of things they were willing to do that evening from mindstroms to strategy games and scratch programming.

 

Hema sundar and Kabilan worked with the mindstroms sets and the older lego nxt blocks with the younger children.

 

 

Naveen playing bounce off with a Arham.

 

 

 

 

 

The tables were arranges so that every couple of minutes the children were asked to switch tables, so as to see all the materials that were being worked on.

Routing Ethernet Cables

The 9th grader at Udavi volunteered to paint the new Ismart class room that is being built in the factory side of the Udavi school campus. Which joins along with the Aura Auro Design Lab.

The new space required LAN connectivity.

The LAN cables where already routed to junction boxes which had to be clipped and fixed to the 24 model switch box.

(The box varies from brand to brand, Legrand is easy and takes less time to clip to the individual sockets but is ~ Rs 150 per unit that is 3x larger than other brands) The one that was used required more fine work of screwing and unscrewing individual wires of the CAT 6 LAN cables.

 

Vignesh connecting a socket box

Velmurugan connecting a socket box

 

 

We used straight connection for crimping the rj 45 connectors to the switch box

 

 

 

 

 

Then finally we tested if the wires were connected properly with a testing probe.

 

(The device had eight LED’s that would be connected to both ends of the cables. One of the device was the master and the other was a slave. The master would send a signal for each of the eight wires present on the CAT 6 cable and the slave would light up LED’s accordingly)

Multiplication with the 5th graders

We started the Vaughn cube Videos, after completing a few lessons the children took up specific multiplication tables and drew all the objects that they could remember. Multiplication become easier for Pranav who could link objects to sounds and then to numbers.