Brown bag design challenge


Last week’s class gave me a lot of food for thought. I spent quite some time after, mulling over how the session went, how I would have liked it to go, and why it probably didn’t go the way I had expected. When we decided to jump in on the “makerspace” bandwagon, we had some clear goals in mind and decided to do what any best international schools in India or for that matter the world would do. Continue reading “Brown bag design challenge”

“Angry Birds” Akshar Arbol Style


This week, I got to meet with my younger group of “makers” from Grade 5 who were following IB board curriculum. The activity that I had planned for them was going to be “fun”, no doubt, but also a bit challenging. This time, it was not just about building something, but also about getting it to work a certain way! As the students walked in, I was both excited and nervous to see how the session would pan out. Continue reading ““Angry Birds” Akshar Arbol Style”

Stand tall – Pipe cleaner tower challenge


Yesterday, our Grade 6 students experienced their very first “maker” session. As they walked into our lovely, open, fourth floor terrace space, the curiosity to know what was in store for them, and the eagerness to start off, were evident on all their faces. After a round of introductions, and a little chat on what they thought they would be doing in this space, and what other Cambridge schools in Chennai are doing similarly, we moved on to the agenda of the day.  They were told, that for the day, they would each don the hat of a civil design engineer, working for a big construction company. In groups of three, they were to take under 30 minutes to design and build the highest freestanding structure that they could, using just 10 pipe cleaners and 10 straws as their resources! Continue reading “Stand tall – Pipe cleaner tower challenge”