Hill Hacks: School Program

One of the reason behind coming to hill hacks was to visit schools nearby and do workshop on origami. So, I visited the Government Primary School, Naddi along with a fellow hill hacker Henna. Kids from other nearby government schools also came for the workshop. We conducted two workshops, the first one was on balloon powered car and the second one was on basic origami.

We took 25 kids of 3rd and 4th standard for the workshops. In the balloon powered car one we divided the kids into a group of four and then we distributed them a pack which had a cardboard sheet, two pairs of plastic toy car wheels, two steel rods, two straws, one rubber band, a pair of scissors and electrical tape.

We asked them to make the car. They started tinkering with the material given. Some of them passed the steel rod through the corrugations, some stuck the rod directly to the cardboard using the tape. But all this was making the car stop in a very short distance.

We asked the kids to figure out a way to attach the wheels in a free rotating manner. Initially they had difficulty but after 10-15 minutes some of them figured out that they can pass the steel rod through the straw and then attach it to the cardboard body.

Then the next challenge was propulsion. We started asking them questions like how does a car moves, how does an airplane flies, how a rocket launches itself. It was the rocket question that made some of the kids realize that they can use the balloon to power the car. The next challenge was to figure out how to make this happen using the parts available.

One group stuck a balloon to the straw using tape and tried putting it on the car. But the problem was that the balloon kept on coming off the straw, Then one group used the rubber band to tie the balloon to the straw. They had to try and test how many times they had to ply the band. Too tight the band lead to slow release of air and too loose lead to the balloon coming off.

After everyone group was done making the cars we had a couple of races. Kids were so excited in the entire process. We suggested that the can build more toys using the same concept and some of them said they would like to make a boat or a rocket.

Hill Hacks’16

It has been three days since I arrived in the mountain surrounded village of Rakkar in Himachal Pradesh. Ghoomakad is the base for the hackbase Infinity. Infinity is an environment for (un)learning, (self)exploration and creative community living. I’ve come to this place to attend the annual Hill Hack.

Hill Hacks is a conglomeration of crazy people from different backgrounds, places and age. The youngest participant is an 10 year old enthusiastic kid. A lot of things are happening in the hacks. Some people are learning how to ride a electric unicycle and some are helping the host family in cooking food. Then there are some who are taking workshop for kids in the surrounding schools and some who are taking workshop on film making.

This is network of alive people in an alive environment, with an open source sharing platform, giving birth to new ideas and concepts. Everyone who comes here takes something from here. It is all due to the involvement of everyone towards each other. There are so many amazing people around. You can find some people sitting and talking about android app development and then in some places you’ll find some talking about human mind and feelings. The sort of conversations which are happening in this place is something which I haven’t come across a lot earlier.

Every night we have a Tribe Vibe, in which people come together and share their experience and knowledge. The first day we talked about feelings and desires and then an Australian fellow shared his experience of solo sailing. Yesterday we had a discussion on time, intuition, abstraction and a whole lot of other things.

You can sleep anywhere. People sleep in tents, hammocks, mud houses or under the open sky.

There is an amazing stream which flows along Ghoomakad. The peaceful sound of water, high mountains, flora and fauna makes you feel one with nature and blissful. Taking bath once or twice in the stream is sort off a ritual. It makes you feel alive.

Infinity and Hill Hacks is a way of life;  A sustainable, collaborative and frugal way.

 

Sonic Architect: Gilmour

 

The oldschool character of the Gilmour is sure to bring back old memories and will capture your eyes and ears. Every system is unique, handcrafted using wood or MDF covered with raxine. Gilmour packs a punch with its Hi-Fidelity stereo electronics to fill your living space with full, powerful music.

Powerful performance on the go.

  • Wireless control via Bluetooth
  • Powerful 50 Watt Per Channel Class D Amplifier
  • Handmade to Order
  • Small Form Factor with Big Sound
  • Ported Enclosure
  • 4″ Full-Range Driver
  • 3.5mm AUX input
  • Naturally Stained Wood or MDF covered with Raxine
  • Detailed and Natural Sound
  • 12 Volt Power Adapter

Sealed Lead Acid or Li Polymer Battery pack and leather strap also available as an optional.

In case you would like to buy, send an email to thappa.sahil@gmail.com

Sonic Architect: Vai

 

The classic and vintage character of the Vai is sure to capture your attention. Every system is unique, lasercut and hand assembled. Vai packs a punch with its full range drivers and an efficient class D amplifier.

Take your music anywhere with it.

  • Efficient 6 Watt Class D Amplifier
  • Handmade to Order
  • Small Form Factor with Big Sound
  • Sealed Enclosure
  • 4000 mAh Battery
  • 1.6″ Full-Range Drivers
  • 3.5mm AUX input
  • Detailed and Natural Sound
  • Leather Handle

Bluetooth connectivity available as an option.

In case you would like to buy, send an email to thappa.sahil@gmail.com

 

Sonic Architect: Clapton

 

The beautiful rustic character of the Clapton is sure to capture your attention. Every system is unique, handcrafted using Burma Teakwood. Clapton packs a punch with its Hi-Fidelity stereo electronics to fill your living space with full, beautiful music.

Play and control your music wirelessly via the available Bluetooth.

  • Wireless control via Bluetooth
  • Powerful 50 Watt Per Channel Class D Amplifier
  • Handmade to Order
  • Small Form Factor with Big Sound
  • Ported Enclos
  • 3″ Full-Range Driver
  • Naturally Stained Wood
  • Detailed and Natural Sound
  • Burma Teakwood
  • 12 Volt Power Adapter

Battery pack and leather strap also available as an optional.

In case you would like to buy, send an email to thappa.sahil@gmail.com

System can be made using Pinewood also.