70 Isha Vidhya students explored new possibilities at a 10-day live online workshop conducted by Chennai-based Vaayusastra Aerospace Pvt. Ltd. By drawing and making paper models, students were able to enhance their imagination and creative skills, and to deepen their interest in aeronautics, aerospace, and physics-related studies.
A team of professional theatre artists and aeronautical engineers conducted the science and story sessions about space, aeronautics, and its history in a play-way method through stories, videos, and activities.
Students aspiring to become astronauts, pilots, and scientists found the workshop helpful and inspiring. Our science teachers learned new ways to keep students engaged by employing stories and paper models to teach new scientific concepts.
As the schools had been closed for the Covid-19 pandemic, online sessions like these provide great education experience to the students of Isha Vidhya. We thank everyone who made these kind of sessions possible.
We thank you for your continued support to Isha Vidhya, and we look forward for your continued support.
To make home learning more engaging and add value to online learning, we devised ‘Get Mentored’ sessions, where renowned professionals from different walks of life mentor our higher secondary students to broaden their perspectives and provide them with first-hand knowledge about different professions.
Recently, Viswanath – an educator, musician, entrepreneur, and co-founder of Karadi Tales and Karadi Path Education Company – mentored our students on how to become successful entrepreneurs. He sang and made them sing, recited poems, and inspired them to think creatively and be expressive.
Jeyanthee, from Isha Vidhya Nagercoil, says that she learnt many new things and gained the confidence to pursue her career goals. Our teachers were also inspired by the session and learnt new ways to guide their students.
Some recent guest mentors were Gururaj Desh Deshpande – US Entrepreneur, Shalini – VP Infosys, and Atul Pant , Founder of Timeless Lifeskills Foundation, UK.
Shyamala, a seasoned storyteller, has been conducting interactive storytelling sessions for Isha Vidhya students from Grades 3-5 since November last year. She narrates stories from picture books, tall tales, mythology, fiction, and folklore in 30-45 minute sessions. Most of her stories strive to inspire compassion and discipline.
These online storytelling sessions aim to enhance the students' listening and comprehension skills, enrich their communication skills, develop their vocabularies, and improve interpersonal interactions.
The students enjoy Shyamala's rhymes, songs, voice modulations, and facial expressions, which add vigor to her stories. Kanishka says, “In the whole week, Friday is a super day and the story time is a super time.”
As we are working towards preparations for the schools to reopen, we are so glad to bring this report on the online activites that are happening in the mean time.
We thank you so much for your support to Isha Vidhya, and we look forward for your continued support.
Amoga is a single-parent child – her father died in a road accident. With no support forthcoming from relatives, her mother took up a job as an Anganwadi staff in her village. As her mother's meagre income couldn't support Amoga and her sister's private-school education, they had to drop out.
The siblings scored well in the evaluation test at Isha Vidhya Cuddalore and were granted scholarships. Amoga joined in Grade 6 and has always been a class topper. She feels that she is driven to do well so that she can help her mother and that's why she's always been a school topper. Amoga has just completed Grade 12 with flying colors and is intent on excelling in studies to become an IAS officer and serve people.
Amoga excels in oration and has won many prizes in oration, art, and athletics. She says that every time she wins a prize, it is a boost to her self-confidence and validates her belief that anything can be achieved with diligence.
Harini, who studies on a scholarship in Grade 7 at Isha Vidhya Dharmapuri, has trudged a difficult journey this far. Her father was an alcoholic who habitually abused his wife and was diagnosed with brain cancer. He couldn't be saved despite the family spending INR 3 lakhS for his treatment.
Her mother now runs a shop and also does tailoring from home to feed her 5 children but is still unable to meet their basic needs.
While her siblings study at a government school, Harini is doing well at Isha Vidhya – she's diligent and meticulous with her classwork and homework, and an active participant in class discussions. She has won prizes in athletics at the school level.
Harini loves the computer and math classes and says that she is always trying to do her best at academics to make her mother happy and support her. She wants to become a doctor – like the doctor next door, and work to serve poor people in villages.
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