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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.

Day 2 – Bhuj Workshop

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I disassembled the robotic kits that I made yesterday so that they could be used again today. This has been a big learning for me. It may have be easy to take as many kits as the number of children but many children in other schools await such opportunity therefore it is necessary that the same resources be spread to cover more children hence the kits had to be reused. This added resource management angle to the workshop which is a learning!

Some of the robotic kits, I realised, were not used to making durable robots so after yesterday’s workshop, I was left with 2 out of 4 robots of each type as remaining were either malfunctioning or had parts that were missing.Even though robotics kits in the scheme of  Line Follower or Obstacle Avoider were selected with assembling and reassembling in mind but they could not stand the test of handling and tinkering.

People who are conducting such workshops should remember  that these kits at the end of the day are parts curated from China, India or some such tech manufacturing hub where eye is to manufacture to scale and not to quality.

Day 1- Bhuj Workshop

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I would be working with grades 9 to 12 of The White Eagle School, Bhuj over the next four day period, starting 11th April. I was anxious as well as excited. Anxious whether I will able to handle it smoothly and initiate the students into electronics and robotics with as much engagement and excitement as I myself have. Excited also I was – to see how the dynamics of self learning, to see how tinkering with robotics will take students like myself into a whole new world.