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Day 4 – Bhuj Workshop

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The students of the schools  were to exhibit what they made in a school exhibition. The exhibition began very slowly for me. I had only three students of grade 11th exhibiting what they made during their workshop with me.

After looking at other subjects- English, Biology, Physics, Chemistry… and their exhibits, the exhibits of robotics and programming looked kind of dry and empty.

This was my first exhibition at another school for which I had trained the students of that school on a subject in which they had gone in for the first time. It made me realize my workshop had trained them for robotics and all but I had forgotten to plan for the exhibition.

Soon students of other schools began pouring into the exhibition of student work at White Eagles’ School but were walking past our exhibits. It made me feel as if the robotics and programming was least interesting of all. Nonetheless, one curious little tot walked towards the exhibits.

Day 3 – Bhuj Workshop

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Today, I learnt how to do a jugad: a workable, spur of the moment solution. I decided to teach MIT’s Scratch to all classes today but of course, I had no idea how to begin – how to begin to teach coding to children who have not done coding before.

I looked up to the God of Jugad (if there is one) for an invocation. Soon enough, my prayers were heard and a clever idea came to my head of teaching those modules in Scratch that I used the most myself.