Workshop at The White Eagles School, village Devpur, Kutch, Gujarat, April 2016

After conducting workshops in rural schools in the Himalayas, I reached The White Eagles School in Devpur village, 50 k.m. from Bhuj in the Kutch region of Gujarat. Conducting workshops with me I had Mehul, a 12th grader from Delhi and my son, Manan, who is studying in the 9th grade. We interacted with students from grades 5 to 12 and also with the teachers. The topic of our workshops was Tinkering with Electronics and Robotics, with life skills like creativity, collaboration and critical thinking embedded in the hands-on activities. I also conducted workshops on the same theme for the teachers.

Students learnt about electricity, conductors, insulators, circuits... and used this knowledge to make electronic art, craft and robots!

Students learnt about electricity, conductors, insulators, circuits… and used this knowledge to make electronic art, craft and robots!

Manan worked with students from classes 6 to 8 and build sensor-based robots that do not require a micro-controller.

Manan worked with students from classes 6 to 8 and build sensor-based robots that do not require a micro-controller.

Mehul worked with students from classes 9 to 12 and they built Arduino-based robots.

Medulla worked with students from classes 9 to 12 and they built Arduino-based robots.

Class 5 students making a simple ScribblerBot.

Class 5 students making a simple ScribblerBot.

Senior students built more complex robots.

Senior students built more complex robots.

Mehul had curated videos to explain future trends like sensors, robotics, Internet of Things and the whole gamut of what is being called the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Medulla had curated videos to explain future trends like sensors, robotics, Internet of Things and the whole gamut of what is being called the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Manan and Mehul also conducted workshops to introduce Scrath, MIT Media Lab's free tool to teach coding.

Manan and Mehul also conducted workshops to introduce Scratch, MIT Media Lab’s free tool to teach coding.

A Scratch workshop in progress.

A Scratch workshop in progress.

I also conducted workshops on Tinkering with Electronics for teachers.

I also conducted workshops on Tinkering with Electronics for teachers.

Teachers learnt to make electronic greeting card and toothbrush bots.

Teachers also learnt how to make electronic greeting cards and toothbrush bots.

Hard at work!

Hard at work!

Ah, the LEDs light up!

Ah, the LEDs light up!

And those are some creative ToothBrush Bots!

And those are some seriously creative ToothBrush Bots!

The White Eagle School campus.

The White Eagles School campus.