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Ekya / December 16, 2017 Posted by : administrator

Ekya School JP Nagar held a Science Exhibition on 31st October 2017. It was a fun-filled event with a whole lot of interesting projects and working models. The showcase brought out the creativity and innovation of our students, whose ideas were completely out-of-the-box! Students were given the choice to make working models of any science stream: Physics, Chemistry or Biology. Our Editorial was on ground, covering the event. Here are some of the many interesting projects from the exhibit:

“We made Candy Floss!”
Cotton Candy Vending machine by Diya Anil Kumar and Trishikha Kiran Rao of Grade 9

 Candy Dispenser and Water Purification

Candy Dispenser and water purification by Omkar Rajesh of Grade 9

Hydraulic bulldozer by Vaishnavi R

“BOOOM!!! It goes!!”

Bazooka by Sanjan D. Murthy of Grade 10.

Solar Eclipse model by Nawal Kotla of Grade 7.

“Care for a little electricity?”

Conversion of Mechanical energy to Electric energy by Prathyush Jain and Vibhanshu Bhagat of Grade 9.

“Break some tension here”

Surface tension project by Isha Saxena of Grade 10.

“Let’s cool down a little”

Air conditioning model by Sameecha Sudheer of Grade 10.

Electric Canon and Kaleidoscope by Nithya Anantharaman of Grade 7.

“We sure have tight security”

Security System Door Alarm by Anirudh U. Reddy and Sushant R. Naik.

Hybrid Generation by Sharvari Ramesh of Grade 9.

Aside these, some of the other commendable projects were:

  1. Remote Control Car – Prasidh and Areyen.
  2. Solar Oven – Adithi Guruprasad and Yukta Jhaveri.
  3. Table-top Hover Craft – Daksh Patel.
  4. Elephant Toothpaste – Tauksik Anil Kumar.
  5. Blobs in a Bottle – Vinay and Eshaan.
  6. Hydraulic Arm – Sushmitha Saladi.

We laud the effort put in by our students for putting up their fantastic and innovative ideas on showcase.

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Ekya / April 03, 2024

The Power of Learning with Intent: A Guide to Purposeful Education

In a world brimming with information, the art of learning has evolved beyond the mere acquisition of facts. Learning with intent, a deliberate approach to education emphasises quality over quantity, depth over breadth, and purpose over passive absorption. It’s about cultivating a mindset that transforms knowledge into meaningful action and empowers individuals to navigate the complexities of the modern age effectively.

At its core, learning with intent involves setting clear objectives and actively engaging with the subject matter. Whether exploring a new language, delving into scientific principles, or honing a creative skill, intentionality infuses each learning endeavour with purpose and direction. As Albert Einstein aptly said, "The only source of knowledge is experience." This quote amplifies the importance of active participation and hands-on learning, highlighting that true understanding arises from deliberate engagement with the material.

Furthermore, engaging actively with the material is paramount. Embrace challenges and embrace mistakes as opportunities for growth. This proactive approach not only deepens your understanding but also cultivates critical thinking and problem-solving skills essential for success in any field.

Moreover, learning with intent emphasises relevance and applicability. Seek out opportunities to apply newfound knowledge in real-world scenarios, bridging the gap between theory and practice. By contextualising learning within your personal or professional sphere, you enhance its significance and utility, making it more likely to stick.

In conclusion, learning with intent is a transformative approach that transcends traditional notions of education. By setting clear objectives, engaging actively, prioritising relevance, and fostering a growth mindset, individuals can harness the full potential of learning to achieve their goals and thrive in an ever-changing world. So, embark on your learning journey with purpose, and let each lesson propel you towards a brighter, more fulfilling future.

By Sweta Pradeep Rao

Senior English Educator

Ekya School JP Nagar

Ekya / April 02, 2024

Gadget-free Summer Break

With summer vacation around, I urge parents to explore various ways to facilitate children to make healthy choices during their vacation time.

Last week, when we asked our Early Years to visualise their characters and create a story, most of them came up with stories about ghosts and monsters attacking others.  When we had conversations about what gave them this idea, we understood that these story ideas emanated from their online games. While gaming per se develops specific skills and requires focus, it also stifles the imagination of young children. Since it is visually appealing, children tend to remember those images in their heads all the time.

I often see parents providing very young children (1 year to 3 year olds)  with gadgets as the means to keep children engaged and entertained. I see children watching phones in the waiting areas of clinics, hospitals, school lobbies and banks.

This brings us to a fundamental question “ Should children be engaged by parents all the time?” Not necessarily. What is likely to happen if children were not handed over gadgets at the waiting lounges? What would they do? Some of them may cry, some may throw a loud tantrum, and some may crib. If parents show resilience and allow children to settle down themselves, they will soon find ways to keep themselves engaged. Likewise, during summer vacation. What if this is a “no gadget” vacation and parents do not take up the responsibility to engage their children? What would children do? How can parents show resilience here and facilitate children to make healthy choices? I leave the readers with this thought for this summer vacation.

Mathangi R,

Head of School,

Ekya NICE Road.

Ekya / April 02, 2024

The Eye of the Storm

In the hushed embrace of an Indian evening, our journey began, a symphony of anticipation orchestrated by the hum of jet engines and the flutter of boarding passes. The promise of adventure beckoned from distant shores as we boarded our flight bound for the United Kingdom, our hearts aflutter with dreams of far-off lands and newfound horizons. But as we soared through the velvet sky, a foreboding shadow loomed on the horizon, a harbinger of the chaos that was soon to unfold. In the blink of an eye, the tranquil serenity of our airborne sanctuary was shattered by a deafening crack, a burst of purple lightning that danced across the heavens with an otherworldly fervour. The air crackled with electricity as the plane shuddered beneath the force of the storm, its metal frame quivering in defiance against the tempestuous onslaught. And then, in a heart-stopping moment of sheer terror, the heavens unleashed their fury upon us, casting our fragile vessel into a maelstrom of chaos and uncertainty. The sky darkened to a shade of ominous charcoal as the winds howled with a primal ferocity, tearing at the wings of our faltering craft with savage intent. The cabin was awash with panicked cries and frantic prayers as we clung to our seats with white-knuckled desperation, each passing moment stretching into eternity.

And then, as if mocking our feeble attempts at control, the plane tilted almost 180 degrees, its nose plummeting towards the earth with a sickening lurch. Time seemed to stand still as we hurtled towards the ground, our fate hanging in the balance as the world spun wildly out of control. But just when all hope seemed lost, a glimmer of salvation emerged from the chaos, a beacon of light amidst the encroaching darkness. With a mighty roar, the engines surged to life once more, their thunderous symphony drowning out the cacophony of the storm as we clawed our way back from the brink of oblivion. As the storm clouds parted and the sun cast its golden rays upon the horizon, we emerged battered but unbroken, our spirits buoyed by the triumph of the human spirit in the face of adversity. And though our journey had been fraught with peril and uncertainty, we emerged from the crucible of the skies stronger and more resilient than ever before. For in the crucible of adversity, we discovered the true measure of our strength, our courage, and our unwavering determination to defy the odds and chart our course through the tempestuous seas of life. As we touched down on solid ground once more, I couldn't help but marvel at the beauty of the world around us, a testament to the indomitable spirit of the human soul.

Arjun Narasimhan Kuppuswamy

Grade 8C

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Hour Of Code at Ekya JP Nagar – Stories from Our Schools

What is it?

The Hour of Code is an attempt to teach people the basics of computer programming in 60 minutes in a fun, simple way. It is part of a campaign that Code.org, a non-profit organisation, launched in the US with the goal of introducing coding into the US curriculum and raising awareness around what coding is. It is now a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries.

Why are we doing it?

At Ekya, we believe in living the lesson. With Hour of Code, our parents get also a glimpse of how this is done. Across a week, the school hosts competitions for students as well as parents; our aim is to bust the myth of coding being difficult, by pairing parents with the students and helping them to program together. The pairs get one hour to finish the program with the help of our students. We also have students from Grades V to X  participating in exciting coding competitions.

Primary school

The opening week of the event saw students from Grade I to IV, paired with their parents, code on simple languages such as Scratch, MS logo, Python and Tynker. Our parents seemed to enjoy the hour-long session of coding, typing away their code with ease, including those who were unfamiliar with the concept behind it. Our team of students were efficiently able to help and guide parents on each step. We asked a few parents for feedback and to our delight, they were all encouraging and motivating!  
It was an exciting experience. I guess we all felt a bit nostalgic coming back to school and our computer labs. The students did an amazing job executing the entire event. Kudos to all of them.
~ Padmapriya Venkataraman, parent of Ashwat Venkataraman (IVC). On 4th December, we were joined by parents of our Grade III students, who joined their children to code using MS Logo. They ended their session with the motivation to learn more about programming while printing interesting designs they coded.
I got the chance to meet the next-gen Einsteins! Great job by the kids.
         ~Niraj Milak, parent of Reyansh Milak (IIIA). Meanwhile, parents of our Grade II students used easy coding blocks to guide dragons on the game 'Dragon Dash', using Tynker the new coding language.
I first coded during my engineering but now they (the Grade 2 students) are coding from such a young age which is brilliant. We had difficult languages like C and C++, I’m glad that easy coding is taught to the children. Great job to the team of students for navigating us throughout the session.
          ~Arunjet Taneja, parent of Anika Taneja (IIA). The students of Grade I also coded with their parents on Tynker. They had an energetic session played the game ‘Candy Quest’ in which they had to guide the hungry monster to the candy.   
I love coding even though I’m not from a tech background. Nowadays, kids only play games on the mobile phone. I’m happy that through Tynker they are learning the logic behind it. I’m thankful to the school for taking this initiative. 
           ~ Ashvini R, parent of Kshamya Pradeep (IB).

Middle school

Students of Grades V - VII participated in the coding competitions, programming in simple languages such as Scratch, Python and HTML. Everybody was ecstatic and excited about their events. Students were divided into pairs and only one pair in each class could emerge as the winner. They participated wholeheartedly and made it tough for the judges to announce a winner. Here are a few scenes from their competitions:  

High school

Our senior school students also had their share of coding competitions. Writing their programs in the languages of HTML and Java, they went through a preliminary round of coding, as students were paired roll number wise and each pair working on two programs. Being the fastest team was the qualifying criteria for the knockout stage, one which also decided the winner at the finals.

What’s in store?

We appreciate our kind parents for taking the time from their busy schedule to attend the first round of coding events. Now that the basic introduction to coding is done, we have some exciting events lined up on 9th December. We look forward to hosting our parents at the ‘Hour of Code’ finale which will be held on 9th, starting at 9 AM onwards. We have programs like skits and dance and quizzes and much more based on the central theme of coding, so don’t miss it!

Mother’s Gift – Poem by S. Madhivadhanan

On this feature of Poets of Ekya, we celebrate the wonderful piece of S. Madhivadhanan, Grade IX, Ekya School ITPL. Titled ‘Mom’s Gift’, the poem captures the degree of emotions that a gift brings to a child, with a bittersweet twist at the end. I was playing video games on my phone, Just when mom came in and said she’s home. “Look what I have brought for you! “, she said “You might want to have a look!” She opened the box and out it flipped, A small puppy which tripped! “You’ve got to be kidding me!”, I said Because the puppy had a foot missing. It came towards me, but I pushed it away, As I watched it stumble, I felt no sympathy, For I thought that Mom was definitely mocking me. But the puppy with three feet, Picked up a ball with its teeth. And slowly, step by step, It came towards me Struggling so much as if each step was a huge achievement. I watched it with awe and inspiration, The puppy dropped the ball on me with exhaustion “Come on boy! Let’s play”, I said. I grabbed my walking sticks and scrambled out of bed, I played with the puppy all day long, As we shared a secret, Both of us didn’t have a leg. - S. Madhivadhanan Grade IX, Ekya ITPL

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