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Month: April 2015

How kids learn

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Leila Moinpour, a product designer and a resident at Karkhana, introduced the concept of ‘using your hands to think’ to our team. In this technique, the learners are provided with a bunch of random stuff (bottles, CDs, duct tapes, cups, paper clips…) and they are given a problem statement that they have to solve in 10 minutes.

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Making Momasur

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In one of our Saturday sessions at Karkhana, Sunoj was running a storytelling class. I entered  the class with a scary mask and a lengthy black dress. I couldn’t see well, I couldn’t breathe well and couldn’t walk well.

As soon as I entered the class, I started my dialogue: “Yaha chha tero ranga,” and while showing my big belly, I yelled “mitho thyo”. After saying a few more lines, I introduced myself as “Momasur”, the demon who is fond of eating Ranga (buffalo) alive. Roshan, acting as the head of village: Buddhi Bahadur, started negotiating with me about saving village people’s Rangas from Momasur. We decided that the villagers will provide me a plate of delicious Momo served with best Achar every day if I returned to cave, which is on the other side of river.

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Project Zero

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I still have memories of tearing out and collecting blank pages from my old notebooks after every year of school.  My mom would teach me and my brother to bind them using thread and needle. They did not particularly look good but were pretty handy for rough work. I wonder why we were hesitant to use them for class. Was it because it looked bad? Or maybe it was the fear of teachers’ scolding for not using a proper notebook?

Varieties

Varieties

The chain of thoughts ran through my mind as Dipeshwor and Ajay started the mock session for our new class. They named it “Project Zero: Book Binding”- a rather intricate name for a simple class. The idea is to collect resources around you and make a notebook. It has been planned as a warm up class before the actual session takes full flow.9 of us participated in the mock class. We were separated into groups of three and were given different kinds of notebooks to observe. We first listed out their features within our groups. The whole class then discussed some of their unique features and specialities. Nhasala pointed out the use of a button as a locking system in the Nepali paper notebook, while Samana liked the dotted tear marks on each page in the spiral notebook. A lot of interesting features came out in the discussion session.

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Teaching in Singapore

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We went to Shenzhen to attend Maker Faire in April, where we met some representatives from the Singapore Science Center. They were interested in the work we do and our approach to teaching. So they invited us to run a workshop for kids in Singapore. We conducted a making workshop at the Science Center in May 2014.

Workshop on Making

Workshop on Making

In the Exploration phase, the kids observed how a Carnival game was made and explored the different mechanisms involved, the materials used and the science behind the games. This phase helps the kids realize how simple the world around them is once they figure out how things are made, just by careful observation.

We then introduced the Karkhana design cycle, TMPI (Think, Make, Play, Improve). We wanted the kids to learn that making is an iterative process.

In the Expression phase, we gave the kids some materials like cardboard, glue, duct tapes and paper to make their carnival games. The kids express their ideas (communicate), they learn to work in a team (collaborate), they solve problems they face in making (think critically) and explore innovative ideas (creativity). Read more

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Lessons from the kitchen

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Cooking is one of my hobbies. Rater than cooking let’s call it experimentation. I like to try to recipes, which I have never tried before. Today, I wanted to share one of my experiments.

I was inspired to make spaghetti and sausage by this  picture.C:\Users\innovation\Desktop\sausage-spaghetti-cool-food-ideas-6.jpg

Photo: http://www.coolfoodideas.com/

I love spaghetti and  Sausages, so when I saw the picture above, I wanted to make this dish. So I read some recipes and articles.

Then  felt like I was ready to give it a go and went to the grocery store and collected following.

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