STEMland inauguration

-Arun, Saranya

STEMland was offered a new space in Udavi. All of us especially Saranya who took the lead for setting up the place were busy a couple of weeks setting up STEMland. Now we have a bigger space and  have a separate room for electronics.

A lot of thought was put into how the space should be organized and some construction and repairing was needed. This was handled by professionals and organizing the space was up to us. Saranya made a 3D model of space and were materials should come. We had no after thought, everything was planned before the move.

2D view of STEMland
3D view of STEMland

It was exciting for all of us including children who is going to use the space. Children were busy making projects to show for the inauguration. They were making projects in scratch, electronics, geogebra, mindstorms, etc.

Participation of Isaiamabalam children:

Children of Isaiamabalam were asked to participate in the event. They were given separate stalls to demonstrate their projects. Most of their projects were based on science and physics.

Preparation for the event:
Children and STEMland teachers decorated the place. Balloons were tied up and colourful Kolams were drawn by the elder children.  A symbol of The Mother decorated by flowers added more beauty.

Mother symbol decorated with flowers
Making kolam

During the event:

Teachers of STEMland gave speeches to start followed by lighting up of candles (Kuthu vilaku).

Pratap giving opening speech
Sundar giving his speech
Anitha lighting up the candle. Aruljothi (Tamil teacher of Udavi), Shankar (Principal of Aikiyam) and Davaselvy (Principal of Udavi) in the background
Anupama adding more light
Shalini sharing her experience in STEMland
Pavithra sharing her experience in STEMland

Two children from 10th grade Udavi also shared their experiences in STEMland.

Projects demo:

Children had different stalls set up with projects. Teachers from Auroville and outreach schools, youths, children of Aikiyam school and many more guests were invited to interact with children.

Children were excited to show their projects. A child demonstrated how different frequency can be heard by us. Games and puzzles were also displayed by the younger children. Naveen had a projects on spray painting and children explained the physics behind it.

Aikiyam children trying out cast puzzle
Exploring..
An Aikiyam teacher playing Abacon with 7th grade children
Printing using 3D printer
Spray painting demo
Making art using spray paint
Art of two hands
Asia map presented by 7th grade children Isaiamabalam

 

Model of a plant cell
Magic jug: pressure model
Mindstorm
Dinosor mindstorm
Voting questions
Electronic voting machine
Children of Udavi and Aikiyam playing games
Shankar (White shirt) principal of Aikiyam viewing projects
Tamil game set up by Isaiambalam children
Hearing different frequencies
Children enjoying snack (Samosa)