Category Archives: STEM Land

Measurement – 5th graders

Kishor: I learned how to measure the width of tree using thread. We measured the length of the thread using a scale of 15cm. There was team work and we were able to complete the work in time. We measured using creepers as we didn’t have any material in the beginning.

Praveen: I learned to measure width of 5 trees and compared which tree is big, small etc.. We measured the perimeter of the first building.

Guru: I learned to measure length and breadth of the kitchen using thread.

Monika: I learned to measure the width of the tree.

Sharani: I learned how to measure the length and breadth of Anitha’s house and learned to  measure the width of the tree in cms

Ajay: I learned to measure the length and breadth of the prayer hall.

Pratap: I learned that our school has trees that have a circumference more than 350cm. The Gaya trees are big and there is a rain tree (Sirish / thoonga munji maram). I noticed that children don’t need to be given certain fixed instruments for measurement. They were able to find innovative ways to measure.

The first time we measured, it took everyone a long time to measure the circumference of a single tree. The next day, we gave the children a challenge to find five big trees. I noticed that they marked the first circumference measurement on the floor with chalk and thereafter, the rest of the measurements were marked in such a manner as to get a relative idea of the circumferences of different trees. The children were quick to note which tree was bigger. It was a satisfying learning and teaching experience for me.

Hot Air Balloon:

The 5th graders started to build a hot air balloon in Isai Ambalam school. We started gathering  information how to make a hot air balloon. Then we watched some videos to make the hot air balloon. We found the reason why the hot air balloon fly towards the sky. The  we used tissue papers to make a hot air balloon. The things that are need to make a  hot air balloon are glue, tissue paper and binding wire and scissors. we learnt that the hot air moves towards the cold air in the sky and this is the reason why the hot air balloon move towards the sky. I felt the student were excited while doing it . While doing this activity I found the children were responsible for the materials and team work and helping each other and sharing the materials and everyone got equal opportunities for doing the activities.

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Students Taking Up Responsibility is STEM Land

We had a created a system in STEM land(Udavi school). We started to put up logical puzzles which can be solved logically and as well mathematically. At first we did not have a board to pin the puzzle papers. So, we used to stick it on the wall. Then, we bought a pin board. It was before lunch when I planned to put up the board. Rathinavelu(from 9th grade) and Dievakaran (from 7th grade) can up to me and said that they want to put up the board. I left the work to them. They measured where the holes needed to be put and marked it. Then, they drilled holes on the mark. They took turns in hitting the wood piece and screws inside the holes that were drilled. After all the hard work they fixed the board on the wall.

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Rathinavelu Hammering the nail

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Dievakaran taking his turn to hammer the nail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fixing the board on the wall together

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  • To mention, they did all this in their lunch break. That day, they went to lunch late.
  • This showed me that children here want to take responsibility for this place.
  • They learned how to drill and how to share work their equally.

Learning Circle using Geo Gebra

Shalini, student from 7th grade learned about circle in her textbook. She was learning the topics on chord, diameter, circumference and ratio between circumference and diameter.

  • She used Geo Board(Montessori material) to learn these topics
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Geo Board

  • The Geoboard is a tool for exploring a variety of mathematical topics introduced in the elementary and middle grades. Learners stretch bands around pegs to form line segments and polygons and find perimeter, area and more.

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Shalini learning about circle using the Geo Board

Outcomes / What she knows now and is able to do 

  • Chord is a line segment drawn at any two points in a circle.
  • Diameter is a chord that passes through the center of the circle.
  • Circumference is the perimeter of the circle.
  • She is able to find the ratio(which is 3.14(pi)) if she either knows the circumference of the circle or the diameter.
  • She is now able to use the geo board and demonstrate the above topics to her friends.

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Saturday School @ Isai Ambalam

The 5th and 6th grade children at Isai Ambalam were preparing for the presentation on the last day for their parents. We decided that they can perform2 presentations(Water EBD and Skeleton) and a demo on Measurements. The 12 children were equally split into groups of 4 and each group chose which topic they wanted to present to the audience. I worked with Water EBD group and Naveen worked with the Skeleton group to prepare for the presentation. The water EBD group spoke very confidently in Tamil when they were presenting it to me in Tamil. But they found difficult to replicate the same in English.

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Isai Ambalam school on Saturdays

The start of the Saturday classes in Isaiambalam School has enabled a lot of different exposures with various people to the children. Some of the elder students wanted to model Sanjeev’s house with plywood. Then the list was made to buy the materials required and the students came up with the following:

  1. Saw                    x 2
  2. Hammer           x 2
  3. Sand paper      x 1m
  4. Chisel                x 1

But then we decided to use the old chisel that i had already in my arsenal, Sharpening so it was.

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Once the chisel was ready

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We started to carve in the windows with the correct dimensions, we took a ratio of 1:10 and descaled the House for the wood model.

Then came the task to build a real door, the children kept on a halt the house model and started to inspect room that required the door and it continued to the next class;

The old mushroom shaped room with no door:

We decided to build a door with some unused wood that was ageing without a purpose. This gave the children a view into measurement. They started out by measuring the dimensions of the door and marked the appropriate onto the wood. Then came the challenge of what joint to select, and we selected an open mortise with a pinned corner.

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So began the sawing, hammering, and chiseling works 🙂

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We wanted to make the joints perfect and decided to carve the wood to have a

In Isai Ambalam school on Saturdays many activities are done with the students. Last Saturday we did carpentry, gardening. Some learnt electronics and some played strategy games in Isai Ambalam Stemland. We also use math for measuring the wood. We also taught how to cut the wood with a saw.

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Water project with EBD

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Learning Outcomes 9th grade 2016/17

Pravin:

  • He is able to solve the rubiks cube in about a minute
  • He is capable of designing models in Blender and printing them out in the 3D printer.
  • He can solder components.
  • He is comfortable in solving visual questions from the book like mensuration, geometry.
  • He is able to fill his plan

Kabilan:

  • He is able to solve the rubiks cube in about a minute
  • He is capable of designing models in Blender.
  • He can solder components.
  • He completes chapters on his own and is independent
  • He is fairly good in most of the strategy games in solving puzzles and
  • He helps other children when they need help.
  • He is competent in programming using Scratch and also helps others in Scratch
  • He is able to fill his plan

Ajai:

  • He is able to solve the rubiks cube in about a minute
  • He can solder components.
  • He is fairly good in most of the strategy games.
  • He helps other children when they need help.
  • He is competent in programming using Scratch and also helps others in Scratch
  • He can work independently
  • He is able to fill his plan

Sangeetha:

  • She has become more independent in the 3rd term
  • She is able to plan better
  • She is able to complete chapters in time.
  • She helps others if she knows
  • She is able to fill her plan

Anishvathi:

  • She understands every question and solves it
  • She helps others if she knows
  • She can solder components
  • She is able to work on projects in Scratch
  • She is able to complete more chapters than before
  • She is able to fill her plan

Preethi:

  • She is independent.
  • She works with her peers
  • She is able to fill her plan

Rathi:

  • He is able to solve the rubiks cube in about a minute
  • He is capable of designing models in Blender and printing them out in the 3D printer.
  • He can solder components.
  • He can program in Alice
  • He is fairly competent in Scratch programming
  • He helps others when they ask him
  • He is independent
  • He completes chapters on his own
  • He is good in solving puzzles and strategy games
  • He is able to fill his plan

Sharmila:

  • She is able to complete chapters
  • She is able to do projects using Scratch
  • She helps others when they ask
  • She can be independent
  • She is able to fill her plan

Yuvaraj:

  • He is able to solve the rubiks cube in about a minute
  • He can solder components.
  • He completes chapters on his own and is independent
  • He is able to work on electronic projects
  • He is able to help others when they ask him
  • He is competent in Scratch programming
  • He is good in solving puzzles and strategy games

Swetha:

  • She is able to work with her peers
  • She is able to make projects with her peers
  • She is able to program in Scratch
  • She is able to fill her plan
  • She is able to complete more chapters than before

Dakshini:

  • She is able to complete the chapters independently
  • She helps others when they ask her
  • She is able program in scratch
  • She can solve the rubiks cube
  • She is good in strategy games and in solving puzzles

Sanjeevika:

  • She is able to complete more chapters than before
  • She is able to help others in comprehension problems
  • She is able to fill her plan

Preethika:

  • She is fairly competent in making projects in Scratch
  • She is able to fill her plan
  • She is able to work independently
  • She is able to work with her peers
  • She is good at strategy games
  • She is able to solder components and work on electronics

Fevina:

  • She is able to work independently
  • She is able to complete the chapters on her own
  • She helps others when they ask her
  • She is able to work with her peers
  • She is able to solve puzzles

Muthazhagi:

  • She is able to complete chapters
  • She is able to work with her peers
  • She is able to fill her plan

What the 9th graders were proud of 2016/17

Pravin:

  • I was proud when I printed the 3D models, ie,House, Caterpillar
  • When I did the Stemland display board with Naveen
  • I feel proud to have nice buddy(Deivakaran)
  • When I did arduino project that alarms for 1 min

Kabilan:

  • When I did (a+b+c)^3 in blender.
  • I feel proud when see my improvements in everything(eg, scratch, studies, strategy games etc..)
  • When I did disco light with Pravin

Ajai:

  • The project I did for surds using Scratch. I feel very proud.

Sangeetha:

  • I was proud of the marks I got in 2nd term
  • I am able to exercise faster and on my own

Anishvathi:

  • I am proud of the project I did in Practical Geometry.
  • Soldering Vega Kit

Preethi:

  • I felt proud when I did project with Sanjeev on graphs.

Rathi:

  • The 3D model I am doing now in Blender(full human)
  • All the scratch projects
  • Soldering light sensor
  • Won Sorry game in 5 moves
  • I felt proud when I completed the ‘Desparado’ puzzle

Sharmila:

  • The graph project on scratch
  • I completed 4 chapters this term very quickly
  • I am able to do project on my own
  • I am proud I am not wasting time
  • I am independent
  • I feel proud to be a buddy.
  • Iam concentrating well
  • I have improved in playing games

Yuvaraj:

  • Electronic project – vega kit(eg, sensor)
  • When working arduino

Swetha:

  • I improved a lot in Scratch. I am proud about it.
  • When I am working on my own.
  • When I learnt new things in the workshop.
  • When I do Stemland responsibilities.

Dakshini:

  • I am proud of my 1st term mark
  • When I did a project to find square root in Scratch.
  • When I complete chapters quickly

Sanjeevika:

  • I completed two projects in Scratch in the second term. I am proud about it.

Preethika:

  • When I do Scratch project eg, graph(many people saw it and said it was nice)
  • When I showed and played games to other people.
  • When I practice triads.