In the morning session the insights from the previous day tool CFSR (Consious Full Spectrum Response) tool was processed by Poovizhi.
Couple of insights on CFSR (Consious Full Spectrum Response) are:
When I designed my project using the CFSR sheet I was able to see the challenges that would come when doing the project. It was clear and got more clarity about the project.
Then we did the tool Commitment for action behind complaint handled by Poovizhi and Naveen. This tool is about the three types of complaints and the way how the conversations can be shifted. After the insights from this tool we had a break.
After the break, the technical session was Scratch.
2018 and 2019 passed out children 4 of them (Ajay, Rathnavelu, Sathish and Kbilan) came to learn something new in STEM land. They saw that we were working on scratch 3 using mindstorm so they also want to learn scratch 3 using mindstorm. They learned the mindstorm at STEM land also they already familiar with mindstorm. But they didn’t know how control the robot by using scratch 3.
Scratch 3 is a newer version of scratch. It has some new features. Which is controlling Arduino, Mindstorm and translator. They built hand and leg using mindstorm. They connected the mindstorm and scratch 3 through Bluetooth. Children did coding in scratch 3 and they have control the robot. It was wonderful that children were utilising there time in learning. Even though they graduate to other schools they were able to retain what they have learned in STEM land.
All the members of STEM land have switched to eco-friendly mode of transportation for their daily transport. We always cared about our physical health and environment as well, So we decided to try the KINISI electric cycles. Now we have rented 11 electric cycles and are using it effectively for about 1 month for our daily tranport. We got positive feedbacks from the entire team . Hopefully, we will be using these for longer duration.
This initiative from us is appreciated by many and is making awareness to others. We strongly recommend everyone to use e-cycles instead of motorbikes for a good cause(to keep the surroundings pollution-free and to keep yourself physically fit).
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.
Bharani from 9th grade has set an emergency alarm system in old puzzle solution box which gives a buzzer sound if someone opens the box.This prevents student from opening the box to see others answers.He used few materials like Battery,Buzzer,wires and clip.
The principle of this alarm is very simple.when someone opens the solution box ,the needle separating the clip is released , and the clip makes a closed circuit for the current flow which makes a sound.And also Bharani presented his project to his classmates and younger children in ISMART class. And students also tested his project.
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. The Solution box which they have been using was made of cardboard,that was pretty weak and did not have a Lock on it.The Students were worrying that the answers which they drop into the box may get spread among the others and wanted a Permanent solution where their answers were safe.
So we(Saranya,Muruli,Abilash) planned of making a Stronger Solution Box. So we cut out the plywoods into the measured size and started nailing it. Seeing the half Solution box being ready, the students showed their interest by asking us if any help can be done by them.As still the Box was not completely ready and the hinges and latch needs to be fixed.We gave the remaining work that needs to be done to them.Though they were struggling a bit at the beginning ,soon they competed their work.And guess what….The Solution box was ready.
Mathematics Education and Society 10th International Conference, Hyderabad, India Jan 28th – Feb 2nd, 2019
We went for an International Conference Which happened first time in Asia. It happened in Hyderabad university. The were 160 people from 20 different countries. It was a five day conference. We went to present a paper and a poster. In this conference they a plenary session in which one people will present a p[aper and the other 2 will respond to the presenter. Then 160 were divided into 5 small groups. Each group was about 20 to 25 people. Based on the plenary session from 25 people we again split into small group and discuss about the topic that happened in the plenary session. They also gave change for each group to ask a question. Then gathered in our group and discussed the questions. Among these question we selected a question and asked it to the presenter. The presenters answered the questions. Everyday in the afternoon we had a parallel session on presenting the paper. Paper presentation
Pratap and Poovizhi presented a paper on “factors that influence children attitude towards mathematics”. To read the paper click here.
There were about 55 people for our session and we presented in front of them. Generally it was 10 minutes presentation and 20 minutes for discussion about the paper. But for us we presented for 10 minutes and discussion happened for 40 minutes the paper was well receive by the people. After presenting the paper one of the parent came to us and she wanted her child to admit in our school. That moment we felt that we are doing a big change in the world. Some of them wanted to set-up STEM in their school and they were asking many question about the STEM land school.
On the next day Arun presented a poster on Deep learning of mathematics by building projects and we supported him. It was also well received by the people and some wanted to implement our method in their schools.
During Math and activity period children suddenly picked up instruments and they came and asked how it works and it is used for what? The instrument that they picked was BP(Blood Pressure) instrument, temperature instrument and ph meter……..Then we started explaining how to use also why it is used for. Children wanted measure the BP also wanted to measure for their friends. They did it and they were very happy.
Nirmal started working on waste batteries and he built one beautiful pen stand. It was not completed so agalya want to work on the waste batteries with poovizhi support. Finally they built one nice well shape. Now the well is using for breadboard stand.
Anupama Jagadeesh deeply cares about self-exploration. She has 18 years of experience in web based applications for various corporates in the US and and has just moved from Seattle. She was a senior development lead delivering products primarily on Java platforms. She is very interested in alternative education and she trained herself in Montessori and has home schooled her two children.
She is supporting us in making the school database software automated version in the afternoons after 2pm. It is really helpful for us to have a senior and experienced person to work with.
The conference was happening for three days. There were about 100 people from different states. We wrote a paper on how children can learn mathematics by building project using physical technology eg. building / construction. Virtual technology such as programming. Children can also learn conceptual ideas by programming a computer. It helps them to break down their ideas into smaller bites for a computer to follow. At the conference we met many people who are working on the Maths education. People who were attending the conference were school teachers, college professors and some research people.
They were many paper presentations happening and debate were happening about mathematics. Most of them talked about the Mathematics at college level. There was a technology session happened using with GeoGebra. Where they introduced how to use this software. They showed how to find the angles and how to draw a parallelogram. They introduced all the tools to us on how to use GeoGebra. To learn more about Technology session Click here
Other Posters at the conference:
As I went for Epistemy7 conference. From my conference experience going with Sanjeev to the Epistemy7 I had just followed everything what he had told in Epistemy7. I followed those things in MTA conference. I had a check list and also created a directory structure with everything that I am going to present. There were about 30 poster and we need to present in an hour. Most of the people visited our poster and I was happy that we were able present our poster to everyone. We also asked people to sign up their Email ID to send further information. Since I took initiative to present the paper I was well prepared for the presentation. I also met many people who had already came for the Epistemy7 last year.