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  

Pathways School Gurgaon wins ‘Gurgaon Battle of the Bands – 2017’

Pathways School Gurgaon’s band has won the Gurgaon Battle of the Bands – 2017 competition. The competition was organized for teen rock bands through the State and our students were truly humbled to showcase their musical talent at this level.

Two bands entered the ‘battle’ from Pathways School Gurgaon. The first band performed the song Don’t stop believing by Journey and stood first in the State of Haryana, while qualifying for the finals Nationals. The student band members are Salil Sodhi, Karuna Rao, Ileesha Singh, Vatsal Bagri, Kareenjyot Sandhu, Shivi Anand, Suhani Prakash and Jin Rew. The other band performed Heart-Shaped Box by Nirvana and came fourth in the State. The band members are Anushhka Thakur, Abhay Virk, Vedaant Raswant, Yashas Khar, Sebastien Kumar and Kriti Swarup.

The young musicians practiced rigorously for days to prepare for one of the biggest musical events for enthusiastic teen rockers. They placed their heart and soul in their melody to gear up for the D Day.

Published in: on December 29, 2017 at 10:58 am  Leave a Comment  

Pathwaysian adopts a government school

 

Tushar Mehrotra, a student of grade 10 at Pathways School Gurgaon, has almost single-handedly transformed a rundown government school in sector 54 Gurugram

Tushar has practically adopted the small school with over 300 students, through crowdfunding (and his own savings), installing facilities like fans and water purifiers, donating books and uniforms, and even teaching the kids on weekends. He has started English and Moral Science classes for the students.

Tushar’s interest in the school began in the form of a project for his school wherein all students had to complete a project related to social responsibility. Tushar chose to donate books and set up a library in the government school, which is in his neighbourhood. “Initially, it was supposed to be for my school project. I just wanted to donate books, set up a library and leave. But once I entered the school and saw the condition, I was compelled to do more,” says Tushar.

Tushar began by starting a crowdfunding initiative online and reaching out to his family abroad for the money to procure fans for the school. “Till then, the school had no fans and I couldn’t imagine how the kids would study during the summers,” shares Tushar. His mother tells us, “The first, Rs. 2000 came from Tushar’s own pocket. He had been saving that money to buy a new golf club.”

Getting the fans installed was only the first step in Tushar’s new project. He says, “I try to come here every Saturday. I talk to the kids about topics relevant to the current times and involve them in activities based on that.” When we recently visited the school, the teenager was teaching the students about pollution through a poster-making activity.

The school administration says that Tushar’s initiative has rejuvenated the students. Balvinder Singh, the school in-charge, says, “What Tushar is doing is commendable. It’s not just about money or the things he is bringing, but also the attention he gives the kids. Since he started coming here, the kids’ interest in studies – and particularly English – has grown. They want to learn more. I wish more people followed Tushar’s example.” And Tushar is far from done. He recently bought 600 notebooks for the students and is now gearing up to gift the school a new water purifier and winter uniforms for all students.

The biggest change has been in the attitude of the students though, the young teacher says. “When I first started my activity classes here, I asked the kids what they wanted to learn and almost all of them said, English. They wanted to learn but were scared of the subject as they didn’t know how to go about it.” Today, if you ask any of the 300 students in the school what their favorite subject is, the reply is a loud “English!”

We are proud of Tushar, a pathwaysian in true sense, paving the way for future changemakers and making a difference in the society we live in.

*source – TOI November 25, 2017

Published in: on December 14, 2017 at 11:17 am  Leave a Comment  

An Interview with Sukkriti Nath – A 15 year Old Author of ‘The Burning Truth’

An Interview with Sukkriti Nath – A 15 year Old Author of ‘The Burning Truth’

Sukkriti Nath, a student of Pathways School Gurgaon, is a 15-year-old first-time author of a fiction novel ‘The Burning Truth ‘that highlights the causes and impact of teenage smoking. It is wonderful to come across children who are so passionate about writing and want to work towards social issues. I also got an opportunity to speak with her mom Shruti Nath, who shared that Sukkriti has always been fond of writing and she used to create beautiful notes and poems for her on special occasions like birthdays and Mother’s Day.

Here’s the interview with this young & talented achiever

Please tell us something about yourself

I am a fifteen-year-old first-time author and have recently launched my debut novel – The Burning Truth. I am passionate about reading and writing, and I come from a family of academicians whose roots began in the ancient, holy city of Varanasi. I currently live with my parents, brother, and grandmother in Gurgaon, Delhi NCR, India. Presently, I am a student in my MYP – 5, (Grade 10) at Pathways School, Gurgaon.

Your novel, The Burning Truth, what is about?

My novel portrays the roller-coaster-like life of Sana Sharma, a teenager who belongs to Gurgaon. The readers get to witness the life of a common teenager, and the things they face in their teen years through the eyes of Sana.

I personally feel that it is a must-read for every teenager, parent, and adult. It foreshadows the things a teenager encounters, and parents would be able to actually understand what goes on in the mysterious minds of teenagers. And I must not forget to mention, it would take you on a ride back to your school or college days.

On a more specific note, I penned this book to highlight the causes, impacts, and solutions of teenage smoking and prior to writing, I have researched the subject extensively through surveys, expert interviews, and secondary sources.

Furthermore, since Cancer has always been a cause close to my heart as I have seen my paternal grandfather battle cancer and eventually pass away in front of my eyes I have decided to donate all revenue generated from the sales of this novel to Cuddles Foundation, an institution supporting underprivileged children fighting cancer.

Lastly, the novel was published in the month of September 2017 and officially launched in October 2017.

What made you write this book?

As I started to brainstorm ideas, various concepts came to my mind, however, one that stuck was the concept of ‘Teenage Smoking’. The reason why I chose this topic was because it had always affected me deeply, and it was one that I could relate to personally, being a teenager myself.

My maternal grandfather was a chain-smoker and we all know how commercial advertisements can be fuel to a six-year old’s fiery imagination, this deeply disturbed me since I became aware that smoking leads to cancer. As stated previously, my paternal grandfather was fighting cancer in front of my eyes. I somehow joined the dots at a young age, and since then, it was written in stone for me that smoking was injurious to health.

Hence, when given the opportunity by my school to work on something personal for our personal project, I took the opportunity to pen down my thoughts on the same so that I could reach out to people far and wide.

How long did you take to write it?

I have spent over six months on this novel, from developing the plot to writing it and I find it reasonable to say that the entire journey was an exhilarating roller coaster ride, for there were times where I didn’t know what the character would do next, and there were times when I was so certain of every single detail that was to be written. There were times when I wrote several pages in one go, and there were times when I felt undoubtedly low. But all in all, the view from the top was truly beautiful and breath-taking.

What was your reaction when you received the copy of your book?

Ineffable.

It felt like for a few minutes, I wasn’t sure what was happening around me. And undoubtedly, it took me some time to be able to truly comprehend the fact that I had the copy of my own novel in my hands.

Since when have you been penning down your thoughts?

The answer to this is unquantifiable. This is because I have had my own set of phases – when I was six or seven years old, I wrote my own diary to describe the world around me when I was in my pre-teens, I began expressing myself through poetry, and eventually in my teen years I began writing short stories leading to my novel at the age of fifteen.

However, I have always felt that whatever it is that I am writing, it is always a mirror reflection of the world I am living in, which also implies for my novel – The Burning Truth.

Is another book or blog on the cards? If yes, what would it be about?

You would be happy to know that I am already working on my blog on WordPress called SN’s Blogs – https://mymemoir312.wordpress.com/ wherein I post self-written poems, short stories and much more.

I would definitely work on another book in the near future, and as I said previously, it would be once again a reflection on the society we all live in, and on a topic which is close to my heart, and the people around me can relate to it.

Some tips or suggestions for the children who want to write.

There is simply so much to writing!

Be it hatching the idea, developing the plot, finding the right publisher, or marketing it. But if I were to point out the most important thing that every child who aspires to write must have is – the willingness to write. I personally believe, that writing a book, or rather a quality book, is a lengthy process, and unless and until the author is truly willing to write, it is a task which will never be completed.

Therefore, I’d like to say to all the young, aspiring authors out there – believe in yourself, and don’t give up, because regardless of how long the journey may seem, the destination to where you are headed is indeed beautiful.

 

Published in: on October 25, 2017 at 4:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

Global lessons

Lasya Ramakrishnan, student at Pathways school Gurgaon, shared her experience at regional round of the World Scholar’s Cup in Monday edition of Education Times

 

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Published in: on May 31, 2017 at 10:34 am  Leave a Comment