For the past 2 months we have been busy setting up a makerspace in Riverside School, Ahmedabad. Over the last 15 years, Riverside has designed, implemented and shared a unique user centered curriculum that is providing schools with an alternative model which focuses on quality of learning AND student well being. The practices have been recognized worldwide and the school has regularly been honored for its academic achievement as well as its unique philosophy of ‘Doing Good AND Doing Well’. Riverside School’s achievement stands as a testimonial of a true 21st century model with its students consistently outperforming the top 10 schools in India.
Don’t let anyone tell you that you aren’t good enough. You can do anything.
– Kiran Bir Sethi, Founder & Director
In this project I am collaborating with Krishna Teja and Soumeet Lanka from The Makers of Things. This is probably the first makerspace in a school setting in India. The purpose of this space is to create a curriculum (Better by Design) which will enable the students to learn about digital fabrication and rapid prototyping using activities involving design thinking. This space will also facilitate kids in bringing their creative and interesting ideas to life.
The space is powered by digital fabrication machines from Creator Bot. The machines include:
- 3 Axis CNC milling machine
- 2 Watt Laser cutter
- 3D printer
We are providing the kids with various hand and power tools, electronics, material etc to help them in prototyping their ideas and coming up with high fidelity outcome.
We have been doing a lot of activities with students from different standards. We built some knockdown furniture using CNC milling machine for the space.
I’ll put some of the work we are doing in the school soon.