Whales, Popcorn, Boyle’s law – Demo session

We started with the tale of two balloons … and slowly evolved the intuition behind Boyle’s law. We then talked about giant squids and Cuvier’s beaked whales. Fascinating linkage between Boyle’s law and how whales adapt to deep dive into the ocean.

Linkage of the same concept to many other things. Some obvious (pressure cooker) and other not too obvious (pop corn).

The children had fun debating the problems and solutions …

The parents even more …

We then talked about the thinking behind the program coming up. The philosophies behind the design of Stable Bow. Details of the sessions.

The children are excited about learning Newton’s Laws and Kinematics.

We will build some very cool projects this semester.

Sessions start Sunday July 15th. 9 AM in Lakedew Residency (Harlur) and 4 PM next to Purvafairmont Apartments (HSR).

Click here to register.

Here is what we discussed Stable Bow Intro V2

Experiential learning program | July-Sept 2018

July-Sept 2018 LDEW2

Similar program will be conducted simultaneously near Purvafairmont Apartments, 24 Main, HSR Layout at 4 PM in the evening. See details below

All of us as parents are convinced that just relying on school education is not enough for our children. We know the world  they will live in tomorrow will require them to develop new life skills and develop true passion for their work.

Also, children learn best by doing – not just regurgitating textbooks and taking exams. While there is tremendous value in traditional school education, we are all looking for ways to complete / complement that.

That is the purpose of Stable Bow. To complement / complete traditional school education, so children learn by Exploration, Experimentation, Experience and Expression.

I will be conducting a 12 week program for children in partnership with Words Work Library and Children’s Center in Lakedew residency, Harlur, Bangalore as well as near Purvafairmont Apartments, HSR Layout.

The real objective of the program is to instill a love for learning, critical thinking and appreciation for collaboration in young minds. This will happen through the context of exploring PHYSICS (thru projects, programming and writing)

The ‘why of StableBow‘ can explain more about this thinking.

Topics for the program:

  • NO PRE-REQUISITE KNOWLEDGE IS NEEDED
  • Physics: Kinematics
    • Includes study of motion of objects and the effect of force … including  study of force, Newton’s laws and 2D movement of objects
  • Programming: Building projects using Python and Jupyter notebooks
    • No prior programming knowledge is needed

Details of the program in Lakedew:

  • Intro session July 8th 9 AM
  • 12 sessions from July 15th – September 30th
  • Every Sunday 9:00 – 10:30 AM
  • For children ~9-14 years / classes 5-8
  • The sessions will be in the Words Work Library and Children’s Center, Lakedew Residency, Harlur (directions click here)
  • Fees Rs. 1,500 per child per month

Details of the program in Purvafairmont:

  • Intro session July 8th 4 PM
  • 12 sessions from July 15th – September 30th
  • Every Sunday 4:00 – 5:30 PM
  • For children ~9-14 years / classes 5-8
  • The sessions will be in the Budding Kidz Montessori Preschool, Next to Purvafairmont, 24 Main, HSR Layout (directions click here)
  • Fees Rs. 1,500 per child per month

How to join the program:

  • Click here to register

There will be a lot more happening than just the topics at hand. The experience and interactions will be much more crucial than the content itself.

See some of the videos by the children. Also see this one on Rube Goldberg’s machine, Pascal’s principle and another on waves.

Over 12 weeks, children will EXPLORE, EXPERIMENT, EXPERIENCE and EXPRESS in this journey of learning. Kids can expect three things …

  1. Learn to Learn (EXPLORE) … discussion on learning concepts such as Growth vs Talent Mindset and Deliberate Practice
  2. Creation. Build a Project (EXPLORE, EXPERIMENT and EXPERIENCE) … teams of 2-3 will build a project (say a ‘hydraulic mechanism’). In the process appreciating the application of physics, challenges of coming up with original ideas, facing the obstacles of building / tinkering with real things and above all working as a team
  3. Critically Analyze and Synthesize (EXPLORE and EXPRESS) … we will watch small movie clips, critically analyze the layers/nuances (camera angles, sound, expressions, story telling etc.) and articulate those ideas. Kids love this

Please see the following links to understand more about StableBow and the program. Of course, we can talk more when we meet in the introduction session on Dec 16th.

Children in an assembly | Hint

Here are a few hints to solve the problem listed here

When you need to solve slightly ambiguous problems like this one, follow a structured thought process.

  1. Read it carefully and explain the ask to someone else
  2. Represent the problem visually
  3. List what information you have and what else you would like
  4. For information missing can u make assumptions? Enumerate all possibilities
  5. Try solving with multiple approaches

Step #2 … representation

Step #3 & #4 …

Children in an assembly | Problem

(Source: USSR Maths Olympiad)

200 hundred students are positioned in 10 rows and 20 columns at a school assembly.

From each of the 20 columns the shortest student is selected. The tallest of these 20 short students is tagged A. They return back to their places.

Next the tallest student from each row is selected, and from these tall students the shortest is tagged as B.

Which of the two students tagged is taller, assuming they are different people?

There are real engineers now in Purva

Over the last 3 weeks all these children have taken the challenge of building some complex Rube Goldberg machines.

It required them to come up with their own ideas. Some funny, some complex … but all creative:

  • Cat scratcher machine (Arushi)
  • Plant watering machine (Shreya)
  • Super hero domino (Ishanth)
  • Study time alert machine (Vikram)
  • Cube lifting machine (Surya)
  • Auto garbage machine (Srihari and Srikanth)

They then designed the mechanisms …

 

… followed by lots of debates, failures and fun moments !!

Their amazing creations are now uploaded on YouTube …

All the fun culminated in certificates all around and proud parents.

LakeDew comes alive with creativity

We had the final presentations by all the teams. The parents became learners and the children teachers.

Some posed puzzles for the parents to solve …

Others explained intricate nuances of pressure and the science behind it …

One had an eye infection, so he submitted a video explaining the concept of Hydraulic Press and Pascal’s principle …

While others did a skit, beautifully bringing alive the concept of Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset …

Every team gave a final demo of their amazing creations … original ideas brought alive thru a lot of hard work from all the children …

We gave personalized certificates to each of the children … celebrating how each of them are unique in their own way …

This session came to a close … see you all next semester in June.

Amazing designs in Lakedew

We finished our third session. It was time to explore the designs from all project teams. As always, it was so motivating to see the energy and creativity of all teams.

Here is what the team calls as the Lazy Jack (TM). A fairly sophisticated mechanism to lift a light using two jacks and one hydraulic mechanism. Ambitious to say the least.

Another team wants to crush fruits in what they call the Fast and Furious Juicer (TM). Won’t be surprised if I see it on amazon market place one of these days. See the details in the illustration!!

The third team had to abandon their design after we debated the idea. They were a bit disappointed but, recovered quickly by evening to come up with a new design. This is an all girls team.

Wonder women 🙂

I always think the journey of learning far outweighs the content of what you learn. The kids are learning so many lessons – some technical and others life – because they are driving this journey. They have an idea and they are working to make it happen.

No one is managing them. They are managing themselves.

We also debated around one idea, and a quick experiment settled all debates. Let’s just do it 🙂

Summer Camp Purvafairmont, May 2018

After the success of the two programs in Purva – one in December on building a hydraulic mechanism and the other one in Jan on waves, it’s time to ratchet up the game !!

This May we are going to a very different style of a program. We will have reading assignments (see the list). We will build a  Rube Goldberg machine (see the world record winning version). As ever we will work in teams and analyze movies !!

Key facts about the program:

  • Topic: Build a Rube Goldberg machine
  • Design, build, collaborate and learn to work in teams. Figure out the physics in trying to make it work
  • 6 sessions from May 5th (Sat), May 6th (Sun), May 11th (Fri), May 13th (Sun),
  • Friday and Sunday 4:00 – 5:30 PM (except the first session on 5th, a saturday)
  • For children ~10-14 years / classes 5-8
  • The sessions will be in the Purvafairmont Clubhouse
  • Fees Rs. 1,200 per child
  • Click here to register

There will be a lot more happening than just the topic at hand. The experience and interactions will be much more crucial than the content itself. For example see this one on Pascal’s principle and another on waves.

Check out how they work in teams.

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… how they build real things

… and how their parents play a key role

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Over 6 sessions, children will EXPLORE, EXPERIMENT, EXPERIENCE and EXPRESS in this journey of learning. Kids can expect three things …

  1. Learn to Learn (EXPLORE) … discussion on learning concepts such as Growth vs Talent Mindset and Deliberate Practice
  2. Creation. Build a Project (EXPLORE, EXPERIMENT and EXPERIENCE) … teams of 2-3 will build a project (say a ‘hydraulic mechanism’). In the process appreciating the application of physics, challenges of coming up with original ideas, facing the obstacles of building / tinkering with real things and above all working as a team
  3. Critically Analyze and Synthesize (EXPLORE and EXPRESS) … we will watch small movie clips, critically analyze the layers/nuances (camera angles, sound, expressions, story telling etc.) and articulate those ideas. Kids love this

Please see the following links to understand more about StableBow and the program. Of course, we can talk more when we meet in the introduction session on Dec 16th.

 

 

 

 

Science Camp Lakedew residency – April 2018

I am planning a series of summer science camps in April-May 2018.

Will be conducting a 6 week program for children in the Words Work Library and Children’s Center in Lakedew residency, Harlur, Bangalore.

Well, the topic of science is incidental. The real objective of the camp is to instill a love for learning, critical thinking and appreciation for collaboration in young minds.

The ‘why of StableBow‘ can explain more about this thinking.

Key facts about the program:

  • Topic: Paradox of Pressure
  • Includes study of pressure … the effect on fluids and gases. The not so obvious intuition behind Pascal’s principle and Boyle’s law
  • 6 sessions from April 20th – May 6th
  • Friday and Sunday 9:00 – 10:30 AM
  • For children ~9-14 years / classes 5-8
  • The sessions will be in the Words Work Library and Children’s Center, Lakedew Residency, Harlur (directions click here)
  • Fees Rs. 1,500 per child
  • Contact Radha or click here to register

There will be a lot more happening than just the topic at hand. The experience and interactions will be much more crucial than the content itself. For example see this one on Pascal’s principle and another on waves.

Over 6 weeks, children will EXPLORE, EXPERIMENT, EXPERIENCE and EXPRESS in this journey of learning. Kids can expect three things …

  1. Learn to Learn (EXPLORE) … discussion on learning concepts such as Growth vs Talent Mindset and Deliberate Practice
  2. Creation. Build a Project (EXPLORE, EXPERIMENT and EXPERIENCE) … teams of 2-3 will build a project (say a ‘hydraulic mechanism’). In the process appreciating the application of physics, challenges of coming up with original ideas, facing the obstacles of building / tinkering with real things and above all working as a team
  3. Critically Analyze and Synthesize (EXPLORE and EXPRESS) … we will watch small movie clips, critically analyze the layers/nuances (camera angles, sound, expressions, story telling etc.) and articulate those ideas. Kids love this

Please see the following links to understand more about StableBow and the program. Of course, we can talk more when we meet in the introduction session on Dec 16th.

Radha and the team are so passionate about creating a special environment for children in and around Lakedew.

I am excited to add to it.

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Graduation day … Purvafairmont Waves

So happy to see all parents tuning up to see their kids graduate on a Sunday morning. All the kids did so well thru this session.

This time we used waves as the topic to learn together. We not only talked about the theory behind waves but various applications. Thru the journey we learned about SIN and COS. We also created simulation of a wave in a Python notebook.

As ever, the topic is incidental. The learning process is what makes the impact.

The biggest thing I wanted the kids to learn is appreciate that programming is not about coding. It is about developing a new mindset. It is about learning anything with design, iterations and simulation.

The journey of creating a wave simulator made them appreciate the possibilities of learning thru programming.

wave equation

Most of us would be be so intimidated by the equation above. But, many of them managed to not only understand the intuition behind this, but also simulate it in a Python notebook. In fact, one kid even created a way to demonstrate interference. That’s the power of learning experimentally.

Very happy to hear all the feedback from the parents that children are starting to love this way of learning. Once we create the right environment, children’s desire to learn is unstoppable. Every child is unique. Allowing them to be themselves seems to explode their creativity.

Here is the certificate to reinforce the same message.

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Can’t wait for the summer camp in May.

We are going to create a Rube Goldeberg machine*. So much fun !!

* A Rube Goldberg machine and the world record winning version.