A – Z of OPEN

I wrote the following in my first post:

“There are a few who believe in appropriation and free sharing of knowledge, information and resources. These few people are the Open Source folks. Since the advent of Internet, communication and collaboration across international and cultural boundaries has grown exponentially. Collaborative and open work like Wikipedia, Instuctables, Arduino, Fab Lab are some of the examples which are empowering people to pursue their hobbies and a few services like Etsy, Kickstarter are enabling these hobbyist into becoming full time entrepreneur. Open source hardware, open source software and open design are altering the way we look at things.”

There are quiet few people who know about open source and what all is happening in its domain. And then there also people who don’t know much about it. So, I had been thinking for some time to make something which could introduce people to some of the open source platforms, organizations and corporations.

Hence this booklet which gives a glimpse to an OPEN WORLD.

The booklet can be downloaded from link

A-Z of OPEN Booklet

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Hill Hacks: Origami Workshop

We got done with the 25 kids of the balloon powered car workshop by noon. As it was a government school, the kids took off for having their mid day meal and we were also invited by the staff to have lunch with them. We had the food given to the kids along with the one brought by the teachers and it was really nice. We talked about the general education scene in and around Dharamshala.

After having lunch we started the origami workshop with a new set of 25 kids. I had made a few origami objects before we started the workshop. I kept them on the table and hung one of them from the ceiling of the room.

Kids started checking the objects and twisted them around and some were trying to touch the object hanging from the ceiling. These objects really got them excited. Then I asked them whether they are interested in making one for themselves. All off them nodded their heads.

As these kids were from 3rd standard and had no prior exposure to origami, I thought we’ll make a  really simple helix model. So, we distributed papers to everyone and then we begun our step by step instructions. Some of the kids really picked up whatever was being told to them, some of them were stuck. We asked the kids who figured out the folds to help the one who couldn’t. Then a lot of them came to me and Henna to help them out. After around 25 minutes of hard work and folding everyone was almost done and each one of them had a smile on their face.

We still had some time left, so I thought why not make the simplest toy I ever played with when I was a kid. The next model we made was a fan using three strips of paper. We cut the strips quickly and gave to the kids. And again the step by step process begun. This was an easier one so, the kids were able to pick the instructions fast. After finishing the fan they had no clue how it works. I took a pencil from one of the kid and placed the fan on the tip of the pencil and blew at it, it started spinning. And within the next seconds there was a sense of amazement in them and all of them got super excited.

After some 10 minutes the school ground was full of kids running with their paper fans. It was really a blissful feeling. A bunch of 25 kids with these paper toys having a blast. I don’t think any expensive toy would give so much joy as the simple paper fan did.

Even one of the teacher got really excited about the concept of making things with paper and she also learnt to make the fan. She wants to teach this to the kids in the future.

The tiny 25 Makers had fun that day.