Following are some of the after-school activities conducted at Ekya Schools:
Design Thinking Challenge
The annual Design Thinking Challenge is an opportunity for the Ekya community to immerse themselves in a socially relevant problem. Independent student teams tackle human-centered challenges such as ‘How might we better integrate the elderly into Bangalore’s society?’ and ‘How might we solve the garbage problem in Bangalore to improve the lives of citizens? Students are encouraged to think critically, identify insights, build on each other’s ideas and learn from failure. With Design Thinking, we aim to bring in the next generation of innovative leaders and problem solvers who are prepared to tackle the challenges of the future.
The Robotics Program gives students an insight into the world of robotics, automation, and engineering. The program gives students hands-on exposure to the practical usage of the physics and engineering that they study. Through immersive learning experiences, students hone their skills of thinking creatively, learning important scientific concepts, and learning visually.
The Aeromodelling course at Ekya Schools is designed to teach our students how to build and fly glider type aero-models, offered in three-course levels: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. As beginners, students will be introduced to the overview and scope of Aeromodelling, getting hands-on experience in building models with various materials and exploring the theory of flight and the technology behind it.
Students then graduate to more complex airplanes with engines and motors in the Intermediate course, also being introduced to the basics of drones and the technology that runs them. The advanced course enables students to build and fly their own radio-controlled (RC) models. This being a government restricted field of operation, the elaborate practical training will be based on government directions on the subject from time to time.
Hour of Code
As part of Computer Science Education Week observed every early December, Ekya students host the Hour of Code. The programming event, organized and managed entirely by students, aims to educate people on the basics of computer programming in a fun, simple way. Parents of students are also invited to participate in the programming challenges – Crack the Code, Techno Quiz, Discover-Design-Display to name a few. The recently held Hour of Code had students present interesting projects using software such as Scratch, Visual Basic, Java, Python, and Arduino.
From the Ekya Blog: Hour of Code at Ekya JP Nagar
Reap Benefit‘s Creating Leaders for Environmental Awareness and Protection (L.E.A.P) program at Ekya aims to build the next generation of problem solvers by partnering with the schools’ environment club and encouraging students to find solutions to the local environment and civic problems.
QuizShala is a quizzing-oriented developmental workshop, aimed at inculcating curiosity and inquisitiveness in our students. The workshops include quizzes, discussions and other activities that are centered on topics ranging from mathematics to sports, the constitution to current affairs, as it is geared towards grounding the participants with a strong streak of curiosity, enabling them to work in teams effectively and make well-informed decisions. Students are encouraged to ask questions, think independently and form their own opinions, leading them to be outspoken and expressive, both in thought and action.
At Ekya, we train students who participate in MUN conferences. Model UN or MUN is a simulation on a “Working of a Model UN conference” that involves a student’s researching, public speaking, debating and writing skills. In addition to these, his/her critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership abilities are also tested. In the final module of the recent mentor training program, students as delegates were made to represent various countries of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) discussing the agenda of “Global Poverty Alleviation”.
Organized by trainers from Open House Productions, students from Grade 1 to 5 will be introduced to the basics of theatre and drama, including articulation, gestures, stagecraft, and live performances.
Visual Art classes are conducted after school hours for students who are interested in learning finer techniques than those covered in the curriculum. Students learn about various techniques of visual expression like abstract art, glass painting, Madhubani, contemporary and realistic art, 2D and 3D art, canvas painting to name a few.
Students are trained in the technical intricacies of classical music and musical instruments such as keyboard, drums, and violin. Children are also groomed in the genres of Carnatic Vocal, Western Vocals and Classical Hindustani.
Classes on Bharatanatyam, Odissi and Contemporary Dance are conducted by trained instructors who help students gain technical proficiency at theses dance style.
Basketball coaching is conducted on campus for students of various ages. Our program trains students for inter-school competitions. In addition to Basketball, the campuses provide coaching for Karate, Gymnastics, Skating, Badminton, Table Tennis, and Cricket. We also facilitate indoor games like Chess and Carrom with the provision for Yoga available at all campuses.
*Subject to availability based on campus. Kindly refer to the respective school’s site.