PATHWAYS-REWIRED: 2nd Alumni Homecoming Dinner Reception

On the 19th of August 2018, Pathways Schools hosted their 2nd Alumni Homecoming Dinner Reception, at Hotel Roseate House, New Delhi. The event was very special for the reason that it was held in Pathways’ landmark 15th year of existence.

The nostalgic evening saw close to 250 Pathwaysians (Alumni, Faculty, Principals, School Directors, Former Faculty) rewire together. Alumni from all thee Pathways Schools graced the event and we saw representation all the way from the Class of 2005 to the Class of 2018.

We also had a very special guest make his debut amongst our Alumni for the first time: The School Mascot

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Tree plantation – CAS project

In the fast-paced world of today, one of the biggest challenges humanity faces is to live in harmony with Mother Nature. Working towards creating this harmony, on 12th of August 2018, students of DP 1 went for a plantation drive to Wazirabad Bundh. The long drive and traffic did not dampen their spirits and the students arrived at the destination eager to make their contribution to this noble cause. Ms. Anjali, who is a volunteer at the ‘I AM GURGAON’ NGO, briefed the students about native plant species of the Aravalis: Goya Khair, Gundi, Bistendo and Adusa. Not only did she brief the students about the plantation activity, but also shared that some of the plants had medicinal and religious importance.

The students were divided into groups of three and each group was tasked to plant fifteen saplings. However, they were so enthused that all the groups planted more than the mark. Stepping out of their comfort zones, they soiled their hands, more than they ever had in a very long time. This activity helped them understand, that making a change or being the change is so much easier. The activity ended with a short quiz by Ms. Anjali and prize distribution to the winners. The smallest of contributions can help way more than is imagined and all we need is to make a start. With an impetus to carry forward this initiative, the students now await going back to Wazirabad to see the growth of the saplings.

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Published in: on August 21, 2018 at 3:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

Rainwater Harvesting Project by Grade 10 Student

Tavishi Singh, a Grade 10 student of Pathways School Gurgaon embarked on a noble mission to provide clean and sustainable drinking water to the needy, while simultaneously replenishing the fast-depleting water table in Gurgaon. She took upon the ambitious task of installing a rainwater harvesting system within the premises of Earth Saviors Foundation, a NGO which provides shelter to abandoned senior citizens and the homeless. Through her project, ‘Endless River’, she has help the Foundation to meet their daily water needs of 10,000 litres which was earlier being sourced from a borewell.

In order to understand the requirements of the project, she took guidance from with Mr Sekhar Raghavan – ‘Rain Man Of Chennai’. He helped navigate the waters in selecting the most efficient and cost-effective method of rainwater harvesting. Senior Engineer Mani Mishra and IPS officer Mrs. Renuka Mishra helped her sail through the difficulties faced during the installation.

This National-level swimmer wants to continue to take her work forward even after she finishes school and make a positive impact on the lives of others. Talking about her family who has been a long-term donor to this foundation themselves, she says: “They are extremely proud of this step taken by me, and the manner in which the project has been completed.”

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Published in: on August 1, 2018 at 3:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

First Woman in India to summit Mount Stok Kangri

On July 9, Sangke Konyak became the first woman in India to summit Mount Stok Kangri, Leh, which is the highest summit that can be trekked (20,187 feet) in India and the highest mountain in the Stok range of the Himalayas.

Konyak is a Student Counsellor – Middle School at Pathways School Gurgaon. The avid climber’s interest in mountain climbing grew after she had inspiring stories to tell her students back at the school.

Konyak had no formal technical training in mountaineering prior to Stok Kangri. According to her, a lot of running and yoga went into preparation for the trek.

Scaling Stok Kangri generally takes 3-4 days on an average, but Konyak completed the summit with her guide Dorjay within an astonishing period of 24 hours. Apparently, the duo did not sleep for 24 hours and kept eating energy bars to stay awake to continue climbing up the mountain.

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Published in: on July 10, 2018 at 3:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

PSG students wins First Tech Challenge at the national level

Pathways School Gurgaon is delighted to share the success of two students from the Diploma Programme. Team ACDC captained by Abhimanyu Dev Singh, Captain Water House, are winners at the national level of the First Tech Challenge and the only team to have been considered in all 15 categories of awards. Abhiraj Gulati, also a student of DP1 and Team Member- Technology, was a part of this winning team which also won the Captain of Winning Alliance out of 29 participating teams.

FIRST TECH CHALLENGE, popularly known as FTC, is a robotics competition for students from 12-18 yrs.in the words of the organisation that manages it, ‘Guided by adult Coaches and Mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles (like keeping an engineering notebook), while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and sharing ideas. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and can be programmed using a variety of languages, including Java.’ The team will now represent India at the competition to be held in USA in April later this year.

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Published in: on March 1, 2018 at 1:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

H2OME: Low Cost Water Filtration System (An Initiative by a student from PSG)

The H2OME Campaign is a social initiative that started as an MYP Personal Project of Anjali Bhutani at Pathways school Gurgaon, but gradually grew into something that has the ability to impact hundreds of lives, through broadening access to simple and low-cost water filtration systems.

According to a study conducted by The Wall Street Journal and WaterAid, India has the highest number of people in the world without access to safe water. The report also states that each year approximately 140,000 children die from diarrheal diseases, after consuming dirty water. These rather disturbing figures motivated Anjali to take this project to the next level.

 

Pathways School Gurgaon interviewed Ms. Anjali Bhutani :

1. Ms. Anjali, you joined Pathways School Gurgaon last year in MYP 4 and children of your age tend to spend their time in fun activities. How did you start thinking about such serious issues in the country and what motivated you to drive this initiative?

I live in Sainik Farms and there is a huge Slum area nearby in Sangam Vihar. Near to my house, there is a poor family having 5 children who are absolutely devoid of basic necessities like food, clothes, shoes and they don’t even have water to drink. They don’t have a proper shelter as well, they just live under a cloth sheet tied to two trees.I was rather appalled to look at them every day like this and I created videos on YouTube to spread awareness among the privileged ones, about such poor families. Then the time came when we all had to work on some ideas for our Personal Project in MYP 5 and I felt that out of all the basic needs that this family has, pure drinking water will have the highest priority and hence I developed this low-cost Water Purifier.

2. That’s a very noble thought Anjali. How did you create this water purifier? What all material have you used in this to make sure it remains affordable to this strata of society?

When I created the prototype, it was done keeping in mind just this one family and not for mass production. I used Silver Nitrate and Ceramic Filters in the purifier prototype. However Silver Nitrate can be toxic if not handled with care. Taking this into consideration, I started looking for other more secure options that could replace Silver Nitrate, while not compromising on the purity level of water. Hence I ended up using UF membrane filter along with Ceramic Filter in the mass production of these filters.

3. So which of the two models were more affordable, Silver nitrate one or the UF membrane one?

The UF membrane model has a slight additional cost to it but at the end of the day it is safe for them to use and even small kids can use it without hurting themselves in any which way.

4. So how can a poor family get this filter? Where is it available at? Do you distribute it?

I have collaborated with an NGO – ‘Parvaah’. This NGO was created by a set of High School Students and its mission is to strengthen the underprivileged and economically backward rural people. We recently had our first event in Delhi, wherein we did not raise any funds. I contributed from my own savings to distribute a particular number of Purifiers. I will be conducting a series of educational workshops explaining the way my filtration system works and how families can use them! In fact Mr. Somnath Bharti (MLA of Malviya Nagar) got so impressed with this product that he has himself placed an order for 400 Water Purifiers and we are having another event on distributing these filters along with basic education on the same to these 400 families on 19th February.

5. Have you taken into consideration a feedback mechanism for your product, wherein these people can connect with someone if they have any issues in using the Purifier or they need an exchange or new set altogether?

Yes, each purifier has a sticker on it, which carries our contact details. In case a family faces any problem in using the purifier, they can get in touch with us and we will be more than happy to retrain them or solve all their queries.

6. That’s great!! What are the upcoming events that you are organizing to popularize your product?

My next event is on 19th February with Mr. Somnath Bharti (MLA Malviya Nagar) in Malviya Nagar, Bakshi Park. My next event will follow soon on 23rd February where I will be giving 18 Water Purifiers to 18 Baliwars. One kind lady from an NGO is helping me with this event. Then again in April, I am planning to raise funds with Fashion Capsule, where people can sponsor as many filters as they like and these can be further distributed to needy families. 

Apart from this, I am also creating a website for the same through will I shall further increase the visibility of the product and the intention so that more people can contribute to this noble cause. I have an Instagram Page by the name H2OME which carries details of all events that have happened so far and all the upcoming events. I have been promoting this page a lot these days.

7. So how much have you spent from your own savings so far on this project of yours?

So far I have spent around 15 thousand rupees. I have distributed 25 Purifiers to different families, each purifier costing 500 Rs. I intend to distribute some more in the coming time. I am grateful to my mother for being a great support throughout in this endeavor of mine.

8. It is indeed an extremely noble act and I am sure you will excel further in this. Anything else you wish to focus on while distributing and fundraising?

I believe that educating these people on pure water is of highest priority as well. They need to be enlightened on how they can prevent themselves and their family members from losing their lives to Water Bourne diseases and I would like to take this up as much as possible.

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Published in: on February 15, 2018 at 12:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

First Lego League

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FIRST LEGO LEAGUE (FLL) is a program that supports children and youngsters in order to introduce them to science and technology in a sporty atmosphere.

Its objective:

  • Make children and youngsters enthusiastic about science and technology
  • To equip the participants with the idea of team spirit
  • To encourage children and youngsters to solve complex tasks in a creative way

This Years FLL Topic:

This years FLL topic focuses on Hydrodynamics which means the branch of science concerned with forces acting on or exerted by fluids (especially liquids). So you already know it is related to water but what about water? This year our task was to think of a problem in the human water cycle and then design a solution to our problem that we have chosen our basic goal was to design an innovative solution that adds values to society by improving something that already exists or inventing something totally new. Then you had to think that who your product or design is targeted to (who is the target audience of your product or design) and how will it help him or her.

Participants’ Reflection:
Aradhye Singh: Grade 8 A

For our FLL project, our main motto was to design a product, which could help decrease the water scarcity in the world. We chose Africa since it does not have clean water and is facing issues related to water scarcity. Our main idea was to use drones with embedded ph meters. Using these drones to look for water sources and checking if the ph level of the water is safe or not can be a great help. Also, these drones will send signals to the trucks we had designed that would purify and transport the water.

We worked with dedication for almost a month to get our truck up and running. Simultaneously we looked at the robot designs of other teams which could help us understand the concept on a wider scale. After a while, we started working on the extensions, which we had started programming. It took us about 15 days to complete our robot and finally, we were ready.

But the day before the competition we experienced technical glitches that we had to spent time in fixing. We were ready to win and on the final day of the competition, we waited as they called our name for round 1. I was nervous and excited all at once. Sadly, our robot did not work properly but we still had hope for round 2. Gladly our robot worked really well in the second round.

We qualified for Nationals!

Arnav Garg : Grade 8B
This year’s FLL with the topic of hydrodynamics gave me a lot of knowledge about the branches of hydrodynamics: how water is transported, found, disposed and used. We got to know that a robotics competition isn’t just about the robot game, it’s also about the core-values that FLL taught us. FLL made me understand that collaboration of different opinions and ideas is essential for a team’s success FLL became a big platform for learning as there were many creative minds at work which could be observed. I believe that FLL is a very good tournament as it develops every aspect of a person from knowledge to sensitization. I would like my school to host more competitions like FLL.

Priyansh Goel : Grade 8D

This was my first time being a part of FLL. Form this competition I developed many skills, like teamwork. I have also learned new things through my team’s project. For example how aqua farming works. I would like thanks our mentors for giving us a chance to participate.

Shreyhan Lakhina: Grade 8
My FLL experience was very interesting as I learnt a lot of new things and understood where we needed to improve. I think if we would have put more effort into the project, we could have gotten an award. We created two prototypes, out of which one was 3D printed. The practical working of this model would have purified water.

This was the first time I had participated in FLL and I learnt a lot of different things like how to make an extension so it could easily be taken off the bot. I also learnt how important the project is for FLL. I found out that using a box bot is the best as it can easily have extensions added to it. We used head pegs and knob gears to easily have all the extensions slip in.

Next time, I would like to make the process as important as the robot itself.

Harjagat Awla: Grade 8D
First, we started with a design of the prototype and then we printed it in 3D. Then we found the parts we needed and started the work. After the prototype was completed we started to help with the robot as the other teammates were working on the robot when we were working on the prototype. We had a lot of fun while building the prototype and the robot. We all got to know each other better.

 

Published in: on February 14, 2018 at 12:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

CanSupport Walk by Primary School Students of PSG

CanSupport Walk for Life’ is a much-awaited annual walkathon, held in Delhi, aimed to increase awareness about the rising incidence of cancer in India, besides shows solidarity with those suffering from this disease.

Pathways School participated again this year and completed the walkathon, with the supporters from other schools, cancer survivors, cancer patients, their family members, sponsors, volunteers etc. Through this experience, the students understood that, showing solidarity towards a common cause, make them a responsible member of the society.

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Published in: on February 4, 2018 at 12:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

Cross Country Run at PSG

Running is the greatest metaphor for life,

Because you get out of it what you put in!

Over 500 students along with the teachers and support staff, of grade 2 – 5, of Pathways school Gurgaon, participated in a 3km cross-country run over natural terrain around the school to encourage health and well being of the children, on 31 January 2018. The run was flagged off by our school director, Capt. Rohit Sen Bajaj. Students and teachers enjoy competing with their stamina and readiness and put in a huge effort into the run and were a real credit to our school. Awards were presented to individual grade winners by our director Capt. Rohit Sen Bajaj, Primary school Principal Ms. Anvita Gupta and Primary School Deputy Principal Ms. Anuradha Sawhney.

 

 

Published in: on January 31, 2018 at 12:22 pm  Leave a Comment  

British Council International School Awards to Pathways School Gurgaon

On 13th December 2017 Pathways School Gurgaon was awarded an accreditation with the British Council International School Award (ISA) for the period 2017-2020. International School Award recognises and celebrates exemplary practices of internationalism in schools.

The British Council International School Award (ISA) is a benchmarking scheme that accredits schools as having an outstanding level of support for:

  • Nurturing global citizenship in young people
  • Enriching teaching and learning

ISA was introduced in India in the year 2003 and nearly 2500 schools across the country have joined this exciting journey since then. The range of schools participating in the International School Award varies from the well-resourced private schools to government schools from rural areas and schools for the less advantaged communities. The International School Award now has a presence in 31 countries worldwide.

 

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(L-R) Ms. Hanu Narang Instructional Coach Grade 4 and Ms. Anvita Gupta, Principal Primary School receiving the award from British Council, Delhi

 

Published in: on December 29, 2017 at 11:37 am  Leave a Comment