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Karkhana Reads

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What reading materials were shred around this past week? Let’s find out!


  1. Amrit went through this chapter from the book entitled “Inquiry and the National Science Education Standards: A Guide for Teaching and Learning” from The National Academies Press.
    He shared a precept from the chapter:

    For example, I had planned to teach a physics unit on energy, and I decided to look more deeply into the subject. In the course of the reading I did as part of the program, I gained a much deeper understanding of the relationships among the storage, transfer, transformations, and conservation of energy. As I reflected on my past teaching, I realized that I had taught this subject in a piecemeal manner, jumping from one topic to the next. I never gave my students this broad vision of physics because I never had it myself.

  2. Sachet read an article about school systems from The New Yorker that discussed the perils of putting schools in the free market.
  3. Amrit also happened to stumble upon this blog post that discusses about “Reflection”.
  4. Amrit and Sajeet were discussing about the power of magnet – wondering if it came from God when they stumbled upon this post!
  5. Sakar shared this long read from The California Sunday Magazine on North Korean women.
  6. Sumit has been reading Who Moved My Cheese by Dr. Spencer Johnson. Find the free PDF of this book here.

We’ll share more of these to you next week! 😀

 

 

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Seetu Style!

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Week 2: DOODLING ON THE DESK

This week, Seetu is sharing with us her ritual habit! If you don’t find her looking for inspiration on Behance or listening to songs or illustrating or passing straightforward comments to people or trying to get more inspiration for her work or working, you’ll definitely see her doodling endlessly in her cool notebook or her work table. Now, let’s see what Seetu shares!


I have a strange habit of doodling in my table. Whenever I am bored or have to think about some work related things or have to attend a long meetings, I just doodle on my working space (white table).



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are my doodles from my Sunday’s sprint (weekly planning meetings we have at work). I was listening to what my team lead: Amrit Dai was saying whilst doodling on the table. 

 

 

 

 

 

These doodles help me relax and also helps me get new ideas 🙂

Sorry for making our tables dirty! 😛


Note of thanks to Karkhana founders for having white-topped tables at work! 

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Karkhana Reads

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Besides our routine cycle of creating, designing and delivering learning experiences for students, the Karkhana family also indulges in reading. In the cloud-based internal tool: Slack, we have a lot of reading materials being shared around! This series of blog posts will be dedicated to those reading materials! 🙂

From topics related to religion to politics to space  to science to school system to books to food to death to life and so on, if you are looking for something to read, this might actually be a good blog series to follow! 😀


WEEK 1:

  1. Sakar shared an interesting read about colonization of space from this article from Nautilus:
    1. http://nautil.us//blog/why-we-should-think-twice-about-colonizing-space
  2. Rupesh stumbled upon this article from the New York Times which talks about the Billionaire Yogi behind the PM of our neighboring country, India: Modi:
    1. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/26/magazine/the-billionaire-yogi-behind-modis-rise.html
  3. Hasin shared an old read from the Al Jazeera that talks about the growing fast food culture in Pakistan:
    1. https://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/ajeats/2016/01/rise-pakistan-burger-generation-160111120304597.html
  4. Sakar also found this article about a gangster from the New Yorker to be very interesting! It just adds on to his annals for the weird 😀 :
    1. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/08/06/how-a-notorious-gangster-was-exposed-by-his-own-sister
  5. Sumit completed a long read about a teenage girl written by Jabeen Akhtar:
    1. https://longreads.com/2018/07/17/why-i-lied-in-high-school-about-knowing-karate/

 

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Seetu Style!

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Week 1: Illustrating co-workers

We will be following our in-house designer, Seetu Shrestha, through her designs, doodles and skills in the weeks to come! 😀
For the first week, we are sharing some of the doodles she has crafted inspired by our team members at Karkhana!


I started making different styles of illustration as an experiment this week. I usually make “gigantic studio” style illustrations but I wanted to try a digital painting illustrations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Right: is a gigantic studio inspired illustration. I tried making one of my co-worker Hasin Shakya because he has a scar on his head which made me think him as a electromagnetic person.

Left: Photo of Hasin Shakya.)

Images A is a co-worker of mine, Uttam. We were talking about how he came to Karkhana and his engineering stories. While talking to him, his beard made me interested to draw him in my style. Image B is a cartoon-ish character but with his beard 🙂  I tried manipulating his facial features into a cartoon.

P.S. This is what Uttam looks like! 😀


Hope you enjoyed Seetu Style: Week 1!

 

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Can I?

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  • Yaman Thapa

Incorporating the 4Cs (Collaboration, Critical thinking, Communication and Creativity) in learning does sound fancy and interesting but making the children work together is a challenge. I recently observed a BeeCreative class for the students of Grade 6 at Kaasthamandap Vidyalaya. The students were divided into teams of 4 and had to come up with their own games using only paper cups. Later, using a rubber band tied to four strings, they had to build a tower without directly touching the cups and the rubberband.

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The Cup Story

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It isn’t that easy not having a face. I mean, all the other cups do. And although I’m supposed to be tall because well, I’m a giraffe. No! I mean I have a giraffe! I’m really not that tall. My diameter isn’t that impressive either.

I remember my first day, here. With all the nervousness running down my throat, I was really afraid of this “new house” that I was going to be a part of. Most of the cups had faces on them, with similar colors, similar little scattered tools and the exact same letters on them. Although I was nearly as white as they were, I just couldn’t blend in. I thought I was too childish, too loud, too colorful, too foreign to be there. Also, I wasn’t from the same background as they were. I didn’t have all those tools drawn on me. Trust me, I felt like I didn’t belong there with all the other mugs.

As people came in the kitchen, I noticed how the features of the people aligned with the faces in the cups. THEY WERE THEIR CUPS! But surprisingly they rarely drank from their respective cups. They’d just choose any cup, they’d choose every cup. And guess what? Just the day I came in, people appreciated how I was different and unique and well, cute too. AND I GOT DRUNK FROM TOO. Woah, I sound drunk. I mean they drank from me.

The best thing about this place is you don’t necessarily have to belong to that “background” to be a part of it. You don’t have to have tools engraved on you. You don’t have to be the same shade. And people will make and share and clean and place you back where you were. Here, you can always be different and add value. Besides, I’ve been used so many times, I think I have stains, that are similar to theirs.

– Yaman Thapa

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How not to raise your child?

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Spending time with your children is very important but giving too much attention can backfire. You shouldn’t pamper your child to the point that s/he becomes too dependent on you. Though every parent feels that his/her child is unique and special in general they are not that different from others. Here are few things you don’t need to do while raising your child. Read more

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Merry Christmas!

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Dear Karkhana Family,

Season’s Greetings!

Today is December 25, 2017. It’s Christmas and I stayed home all day. My initial plan wasn’t this. I wanted to go to work, see what gifts my Secret Santa got for me and also take a wild guess at who my Secret Santa was.You know, get into the holiday spirit like everyone else across the globe. But, like I often say, life isn’t a wish granting factory. I didn’t step a foot outside today.

My past few days here at work had been filled with the buzz of “Secret Santa”. I was really excited. Everyone was. I mean, it’s Secret Santa. Who wouldn’t be excited? A few close ones shared with me who their “Santee” was. “Do you know who is my Santa?” This was the question everyone asked everyone. I had a hard time keeping a straight face while answering this. But I saw a few people smoothly answering the question which often left me speechless. The Christmas buzz in the air wasn’t something you could easily deny, at Karkhana. The seasons greetings could be felt in the air itself.

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MIT’s Interconnected Embedded System

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Technology has been in a climb that never stopped, every 18 months its power doubles. We ought to know and keep ourselves updated. As luck would have it, MIT’s Interconnected Embedded System workshop was announced open. After, going through different question the application form was finally completed. Out of approx. 120 like us, we got through the application process and buckled up for the journey ahead of us. The workshop kicked off on 27th July 2017 for a six week long journey at Karkhana.

Workshop was pre-designed by experts, from setting up websites for course resources to managing the desk arrangement in class. The workshop was planned to run for 3-4 hours a day with two days in a week. During the inception of the workshop, we were introduced to our mentors- Mr. Ashim Sitoula and Mr. Prayush Bijukchhe- who later on gave wonderful insight on Internet Of Things (IOT).It was a delightful session which gave us an opportunity to take one of our very first steps on building I.O.T.

During the first week, we familiarized ourselves with breadboard and connection of the teensy (our main micro-controller) with Organic LED and microphone. We connected Wi-fi module to our system in the following week. The outcome till date was outstanding, by giving a voice input to system, we could display it in text which was decoded with the help of Google API. In our next class, we discussed about the concepts in cryptography and developed python programs to code and decode a message. Moreover, we learnt to use Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) device and connection between client and server. Finally, we learnt to pin point our location with the help of GPS module and parsing algorithm.

With our workshop nearing its end, we were given an opportunity to showcase our skill and knowledge that we had collected in the past six week. After intense training and guidance, we were now capable of building our own embedded systems. We were ought to build something productive which could make our lives easier. Now, we had to present our project on Karkhana Mela which was scheduled on 23rdSeptember 2017. Both of us worked every hour we could in making an interconnected system that had multiple application. Some salient features of our system were: displaying Weather, GPS, and peer location. We had been burning the candles at both end to get the program debugged.

Finally, our final code and model was ready. We executed the code and watched it run impeccably, making it a permanent memory in our brain cell. By connecting to the internet through WiFi module, we could display current weather. Not only we could obtain our location but also could share locations to peer. For protection of our system, we even designed our own acrylic casing; made possible through laser cutting technology.  During the Mela, we presented our working with attractive big colorful papers reflecting our work. During five hour long fair, we had received many good wishes and praises for our work. Everyone was supportive and filled us with more enticing suggestions. Some of them even recommended us to use VHF and CDMA to improve our system range.

Overall, the project gave an enriching experience to us and was mesmerized in every way. In addition to learning about the I.O.T system, we also learned valuable life skills such as time management, research and team work. It was one of the most productive time we had ever spent. Not to mention, we also got a chance to meet and be part of an intellectual committee that spends every second of their day building their creative creations focused to make our daily life simpler.

– Anubhav Sharma & Oskar K. Shrestha

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Sports’ Day 2017- Mamina rants

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6th December, 2017 is my scariest day at Karkhana till date. I didn’t see a ghost, I didn’t get hit by a truck, I wasn’t ghosted by anyone. It wasn’t because I broke someone’s heart. It wasn’t because someone else broke my heart. It was because I was scared.

Starting off the day by going through the gallis of Ason and getting things ready for the Sports’ Day after coming at Karkhana, the day had a good start unlike most days. There we were prepping up for this and that and what not. Carrying tables on top of our heads, getting our hands covered with the white cement, making sure the riddles were ready and so were the treasures. It was a mixture- of rush, of excitement, of anxiousness, of memories, of challenge and  of determination.

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