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Learning in the digital age

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The idea that technology is the great leveler in making the world flat has been around for quite a while. The internet has loads of resources available for almost anything you can imagine. When I was an engineering student, I learned a lot from the internet but almost all the resources I searched for were technical. I had never learned anything out of the technical domain using the internet.

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Kathmandu Mini MakerFaire Kidzone

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Kidzone is dedicated space for kids from age 8 to 14 years old inside the Kathmandu Mini Maker faire. It celebrates the idea of making through activities, challenges, making, and competitions. The kidzone would have three segments to engage kids. Beautiful part of this is, the it is FREE.

 

Date: 24th and 25th September

Venue : Nepal Communitere (http://goo.gl/d4CCa8)

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An Energizing start to Energy Mela

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It has been two years since Karkhana started running its session for the students of Bal Bewasai School at Sifal to give them a better learning experience. One of the sessions that the students enjoyed the most was Energy Mela, where students apply the concepts of energy to make their own carnival (Mela) game.

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Talking to satellites I – making your own DIY Yagi-Uda Antenna

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While studying about Yagi-Uda Antenna in a boring Engineering class, I never imagined making one myself. I recently joined Karkhana to help out in their new project focusing on space exploration and DIY satellites. This year Karkhana Innovators’ Club is focusing on space exploration and DIY satellites by running three separate sessions. Through this program we intend to send  two small satellites into space within 18 months and create a science based curriculum around space technology for Nepali schools.

On the very first day at Karkhana, we went shopping for some old antennas and a duplex radio. Unfortunately, we could not find any that matched our requirement. Instead, we ended up buying a TV card. After returning to Karkhana, Hasin suggested that we make our own DIY Yagi-Uda antenna and see if we catch Nepal TV or Kantipur on our computers. At first I thought he was just kidding but after realizing he was serious, I was startled. The Yagi antenna that I had once studied only for the tests and grades was going to be built by me for a real experiment. Read more

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DIY Satellite – Book List

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The idea that it is now possible for individuals and small organizations (like Karkhana) to design and send their own satellites into space was lingering somewhere in my awareness for at least a year. I am not sure about the exact moment it grew into an obsession… but for last 3 months or so I have been totally consumed by this idea. So I have been doing a lot of research, talking to anyone who will listen about it and tinkering a bit of with the technology needed. Thought I would share some of the reading material, links, interviews etc I found though a series of blog posts. Today’s post is about books!

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My fountain of youth

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One of my new year resolution in 2013 was that I would exercise everyday. I bet most people have it on their list. I really wanted to exercise but like everyone I was too busy and didn’t have time. I was looking for the perfect exercise that would keep me fit and young.

For past two years I have been riding cycle every day for commuting. As I like to travel a lot, cycle has been my mode of transport as well as a fountain of youth for me. I would like share six benefits that I got from pedaling.

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Picking the right school: A guide for parents

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Dear Parent,

It’s that time of year again in Nepal. The newspapers are filled with pictures of happy kids advertising schools. Alongside these ads are advice from reporters and supposed experts. You have asked your friends and family for their advice. You plan to explore each school carefully. And (if you are reading our blog) you are probably not the kind of parent that is impressed by big board of the SLC toppers outside the school. Nor by the random “bideshi” teacher hanging around. 🙂

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The Chicken Coup

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Eight chickens and a #MakerKT’s rush to build them a home within six hours

Last Monday, eight chickens unexpectedly showed up at my doorstep. What do you do when seven hens and one rooster lay siege in your house? You take out your #MakerKT apron and start building them a home of course!

Here’s the story of how a chicken coup led to an emergency coop that Monday…

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Nine chickens were heading to my house at the back of a Maruti 800 taxi early Monday morning. They were being brought by a well-meaning man who had decided on an impulse that a passing comment i had made about rearing chickens someday should mean that “someday” should be “today”! He called to let us know that the chickens were already on their way! Read more

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Nawa Marga: Post-quake Relief Through Education

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In April 2015, Nepal experienced a devastating earthquake. As much as the earthquake was a tragedy, it was also an opportunity for us to promote new approaches to teaching that value emotional well ­being of students. In just over a month, we trained 277 trainers who went on to train 6,412 teachers in Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Kavre, Nuwakot and Dhading. Our efforts that started with just three teachers ultimately reached 200,600 students.

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Yantra 4.0: Blending Art and Technology

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Karkhana conducted Creative Computing workshop for a group of artists and engineers. It was designed to create interactive projects for Yantra 4.0. Yantra is an annual art-science-tech showcase that brings artists, engineers, educator and researchers to the same platform and creates collaborative working environment among them. The workshop for art-tech collaboration ended with a twitter activity where everyone wrote their feelings about the Creative Computing session. Most engineers were excited to see the process of generating project ideas and the uniqueness of those ideas that evolved throughout the session. Artists, after visualizing the possibilities of technological intervention were excited to implement it in their regular work. Yantra organizers decided to take four projects from the workshop for the annual showcase. This blog is about those four ideas, their evolution, successes, failures and learnings in our three month long journey from Creative Computing workshop to the Yantra 4.0 showcase.

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