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
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
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
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
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
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.
Every place has its own unique feature which represents its core values and/or cultures. It provides a way of identifying itself to the foreign world. Having spent a little more than a week amidst the distinctive art scene in Yogyakarta, it was clear why the city was a common hub for artists, makers, designers across the world. The streets filled with distinct sculptures and walls painted with colorful graffiti, the city provides a vibrant exuberance among the people.
Our classes at Matribhumi runs every Friday. Grades 5-6 and 7-8 have their turns on alternate Fridays. We take 40 minutes class content for each grade. Suresh conducts classes for grades 7 and 8. Similarly, I along with Samir engage grades 5 and 6.
Students are very excited and it takes quite sometime to channel their energy into a fun learning experience more than just fun. Yes! our classes are different than their regular classes and their expectation is fun. Fun: Why not? we can have fun while learning too. And that’s what we are trying to help them understand. We create an environment where they try out new activities and explore “interesting concepts”on their own, discuss those concepts in groups and present their understanding by developing stories based on facts, experiences and imaginations. Read more
When the aftershock struck midway through the training session, I could see uncertain faces sitting around in the room. Located on the second floor, the training hall had a single door for entry and exit and the walls had multiple cracks. Nervous but resolute, the participants decided to continue with the session we were facilitating. The determination shown by the teachers to continue was praiseworthy. However, the 5-hour session, initially planned to be 7 hours long, had not started with the same zeal.