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Karkhana Reads

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Hi! Are you guys ready for this weeks’ list of reads?


  1. The donors aiming to improve quality and the government focusing on infrastructure and access seems to have created a clash of interest causing a gradual decline in the share of bilateral and multilateral budgetary support. Find more on this here.
  2. Kara Swisher, co-founder at Recode, shares her story and experiences with the worst, and best, bosses. Kara says she is fantastic, not too confident. Read more on this here.
  3. Sakar has always enjoyed reading about strange people that don’t fit into the society well. He finds that there are interesting things to be learnt from the people at the fringes. He stumbled upon this article from the Vanity Fair that tells the story of Khalid bin al-Saud who has made investors from all over the world fall for his schemes.
  4. Prayush shared this tale of the world’s largest megalopolis – Shenzhen, about how to transformed itself from a rural village to its current state. But, this bewildering urbanization comes with a price to pay. Find out more on this here.
  5. Arts and Education is one of the agendas that Photo Kathmandu 2018 addresses. What help does visual code do for teachers and students? Sunoj shared this piece written by Ayushma Regmi with us.

Happy Reading! ^_^

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Karkhana Reads

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Hi all! With the festive season on, vacation days are on in Nepal! We hope that you can squeeze in these lovely reads among all of these festivities! 😀


  1. Sachet shared a beautiful mother-daughter tale of appreciation, thankfulness, self-realization and confidence written by Muna Gurung. This story speaks of living a life in pursuit of beautiful things! 🙂
  2. In a world of digital journalism, magazines no longer have a monopoly on the concept that they invented. However, magazine covers seem to play an important role in the sales of magazines. And now the designs of magazine covers have started reaching out for cultural aspirations beyond pop culture! Read this piece that Sakar shared with us to learn more on this!
  3. This read tells us that pirates are “the most sophisticated and successful criminal organizations in history.” As violent and greedy the pirates were, they prospered fascinatingly outside the rule of law. Follow this link shared by Sakar to learn more on this!
  4. Sometime last week, Dikshya brought this book titled Sea Prayers written by Khaled Hosseini and we passed it around. It was a quick five minute read that left a few of us moving. So, if you are looking for something quick to read this holidays, you could pick this book!

Have a happy dashain, everyone!

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Karkhana Reads

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Hi all! We are a  few days late for this weeks list of fun reads. But, hey, it’s better late than never, right?


  1. Have you ever wondered why our national flag is of an unusual shape? Hmm.. I have and Hasin seems to have found this piece on the Internet that tells us why.
  2. Sakar shared this article from Edutopia that tells us about the 7 Outstanding K-8 Flexible classrooms! Follow this link to know more!
  3. Jasna, our new member at KIC, did some research and reading for our ongoing KIC class: My City. And she shared one of the articles on an Aurora-like mystery called Steve.
  4. And from 11,845 kms away, Dipesh shared with us one of the shorter readings he had the past week on Cognitive Science and Cognitive Science Education. Find the PDF here!
  5. The Mafia grew in India because of the citrus market there! Roshan shared this essay with us that tells us more on that!
  6. Sakar found us an article from The Wired that tells us about the educational tyranny of neurotypicals.

The current school system is too rigid, and it’s designed for a different world.


Okay guys! That’s the list for this week! We’ll send you more soon! Until then, happy reading!

-Mamina Shrestha

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Karkhana Reads

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Hi all! Are you ready for this week’s supply of good reads?

Let’s go!


  1. What do you think is Earth’s oldest color? Rupesh shared a piece from How Stuff Works that claims to tell us what it is! Check the link to learn more!
  2. Hasin shared with us a few readings from The Wire, The Economist and also from The Indian Express on various topics! Find our more here:
    1. From The Wire, India, Hasin read a piece about what writer and activist Arundhati Roy shared at a press conference. Read more  on that here.
    2. What keeps Singaporean education at the top of it’s game? Find out more on that here.
    3. This another article tells us more about the arrests and raids on India’s prime activists and human right advocates.
  3. Do you think afternoon classes are better than morning classes or the other way  round? Inspired by conversations between fellow teachers: Anu and Sonam, Rupesh looked up this research paper that tells us about some interesting patterns!
  4. Sunoj shared with us this article that tells us why Physics needs Arts to help picture the universe!
  5. This article that Rupesh shared tells us how the kids of today are working more and learning little.
  6. Seems like the Singaporean Government doesn’t want it’s children to just ace in exams. They have the best schools in the world, but they are looking for more! Sunoj shared this piece with us.

Happy Reading, folks! 😀

-Mamina Shrestha

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Karkhana Mela – Where it all came together

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With the target of putting together a fun-filled day before the Dashain break actually kicked off, Karkhana came up with the idea of Karkhana Mela. After weeks and weeks of planning and bringing together a set of activities that could be done during the Mela, the big day eventually arrived. Read more

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Creating stories and memories at Kavre

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On September 15th, 2017, the Storytellers at Karkhana were headed towards Shree Indree Vidya Mandir at Panchkhal-3, Ziro Kilo, Kavre. With the primary goal of sharing learning experiences to the students of the school, we had taken with us a few of our lesson plans and presentations, which we had a really fun time sharing with the students. What did we do on that day? If this is a question running in your mind, I would like to walk you through what really happened there. Read more

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John Dewey Students here at Karkhana

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On Saturday, 2nd September 2017, students of grade 7, 8 and 9 from John Dewey School came to Karkhana at 10:30 in the morning.

 

After a brief introduction with the Storytelling Team, the students were split into two groups and taken for Karkhana Tours. Not only did they look around at our working spaces, but also asked a lot of questions regarding how Karkhana operates and how contents are designed and taken to schools. It was also really interesting to see the students analyze our working place in terms of its design and architecture. Having experienced a devastating earthquake two years ago, it was quite obvious for them to be concerned about what Karkhana had to go through during that phase. After a brief tour, the students moved to the Mural Room for their cluster-end preparation class where they worked in teams for certain projects and also prepared for the paper presentations. Read more

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DESIGN CHALLENGE AT NISARGA BATIKA

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Students of grade 6 and 7 from five competing schools had participated to create a Nepali Superhuman in the Design Challenge.

Introduction: Why Design Challenge?

  • Platform for engaging students in thinking, creating and applying new ideas and concepts  
  • Letting students think of ideas and create a collaborative environment for them to work in
  • Making and designing prototypes relating to a certain topic or idea
  • Creating real life scenarios for students to come up with creative, critical approaches
  • Moulding students to develop a critical, creative and collaborative perspective
  • Implanting and developing concepts of 4C’s (creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, communication) in young minds

Read more

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Interconnected Embedded Systems – MIT’s Intro EECS Class at Karkhana

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This blog post is written by Ashim Sitoula, a former Karkhana intern, who is currently studying at MIT.

Let’s face it – trying to make cool things using technology in Nepal can be a challenge, especially if you’re a high-school student or even a college student. Whether it’s building your first robot or learning to program a microcontroller, the odds are against your favor. Here are a few real-life scenarios:

  1. Circumstances out of your control come in the way of your awesome idea. Perhaps your school turns you down when you approach them for assistance; you are instead told to focus on your studies. You hear similar things back home as exams are soon approaching.
  2. If the situation is slightly better, you have everything set in place only to find out that the component you’re looking for is out of stock in the market; it’s only arriving the next month.
  3. In rare cases, everything’s worked out perfectly and you’re looking to raise the functionality of your project but you’re stuck without technical assistance.

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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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