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  

PWS Thailand School Exchange Programme

Student Exchange Program with Anubanmuangmaichonburi School, Thailand.

Students of Grades 4 and 5, accompanied by a few faculty members from Pathways World School Aravali visited Anubanmuangmaichonburi School in Thailand as a part of Student Exchange Program with the School. The Students enjoyed the rich Thai culture by visiting various places and participating in workshops organised by the host school. They also learned to cook a few Thai dishes. The students of both the schools participated wholeheartedly and shared their learning with each other, keeping the ties between the schools strong.

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Published in: on February 25, 2018 at 12:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

Green Dream Initiative at Akhlimpur Government School

Service to a just cause rewards the worker with more real happiness and satisfaction than any other venture of life.

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18 Students of Interact Club, Pathways World School Aravali visited the Government Middle School, Aklimpur on Saturday, 24th February to carry out the “Green Dreams”, a project aimed at making the School into a Green School. This project comes under the wider umbrella project “Hum Saarthi” designed to enhance infrastructure, enrich the resources, skills and cultural activities of the Govt. Schools. Pathways World School Aravali supports more than 14 schools in a similar manner since its inception in 2003.

In the first phase of this project, the students worked on leveling the area with the help of tractors to sow grass in the area. The Students transformed the place within 2 hours. In the next phase, they will work on other areas of the school including planting bigger trees along the sides of the building which will help reduce the temperature of the buildings by several degrees during the summer month

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Girls

S.No NAME
1 Ankita Bharti
2 Priya Kumari
3 Saloni Nijhawan
4 Sarah Ghandi
5 Arpita Bansal
6 Samira Key-Si
7 Anukriti Agrawal
8 Shristi Aggarwal
9 Pakhi Jain
10 Delisha Mehta
11 Khushi Bansal
12 Aliza Sheikh

Boys

S.No NAME
1 Pushpit Ghosh
2 Divyanshu Gupta
3 Ashwin Kumar
4 Ashutosh Walia
5 Sidhant Jaiswal
6 Rishab Jalan
Published in: on February 24, 2018 at 12:39 pm  Leave a Comment  

PSN Golfers shine at JTP Junior Golf Tournament

It gives us great pleasure to inform that our primary and middle school golfer played JUNIOR GOLF TOURNAMENT on 19th January 2018 in NOIDA GOLF COURSE. They performed well along with other good competitors. We secured 2 gold and 1 silver medal. The following are the result details mentioned below:-

S.No Name G Performance
1 Parnika Sharma 3 1st Position
2 Ansh Dubey 3 1st Position
3 Mudit Aggarwal 2 2nd Position
4 Ayaan Dubey 3 Participation
5 Aarav Aggarwal 3 Participation
6 Abir Batra 3 Participation
Published in: on February 19, 2018 at 12:25 pm  Leave a Comment  

Spreading Ideas : The TEDx at Pathways School Noida

As part of its focus on exposing students to new ideas and experiences, Pathways School Noida hosted an exciting TEDx conference with a brilliant lineup of speakers. The overarching theme of Crossing Over wove in speakers from street art, the Neemrana Foundation, youth initiative, photography, design thinking or those working with acid attack victims.

Ishita Choudhary, Founder of the YP Foundation, which develops youth leadership to advance rights of young women, girls and other marginalized youth inspired with her talk on , ‘policy is a platform that unites young people’ and they need to be involved in this for a better future. She ended her powerful oration with a profound statement: “your silence is not your consent and your voice is the most powerful tool you have”.

 


Artist Chandan Gomes spoke about his belief in the “pursuit of knowledge in which lies the beauty of life”. He also brought out how though we are not all born equal, the “power of imagination” can transcend all cultures. The storyteller Rituparna Ghosh shared how story telling would “be the strongest currency in the world”. It was inspirational to listen to Sandeed Farooq, the co-founder of Flawless Flaws. India’s only organisation for acid attack survivors was started by him at age 17. He discussed how uninformed and insensitive the public is towards acid attack victims, especially so in India, where 1/3rd of the perpetrators are found.

The founder of St+Art, the street art movement in India, Italian artist, Guilia Ambrogi spoke about how “borders cannot confine passion”. She shared the importance of democratizing public spaces through Indian street art, showing images of the Delhi Police Headquarters, Sassoon Dock in Mumbai to demonstrate how public spaces within India were activated to provide temporary, yet meaningful experiences for the people in public spaces in Mumbai and Delhi.

Mike Knowles, Director of the Sushant School of Design spoke about “what robots cannot do” focusing on creativity in an emerging era of the fourth Industrialization revolution. He compared the scenario in China and India, the former produces 300, 000 designers every year to India’s 7,000.

On a different “note” the powerful talk by by Aude Priya Engel, the Managing Trustee of Neemrana Music Foundation focused on “Emotions through Opera” .She spoke about the relevance of “relating to emotions because that’s where creativity comes from” describing the uniqueness of Opera, that can be related to any subject. It enables a catharsis of powerful emotions, overcomes language barriers and an art form wherein, the so called, “ugly and fat” people bring out their “inner beauty”. She talked about the over hundred operas that are set in India and how the Indian people are so quick at grasping things, especially languages. This was followed by a fitting finale wherein an opera singer and a pianist from the Neemrana Foundation performed an aria from Verdi’s opera Don Carlo.

Students of Pathways School showcased their own considerable talent with slam poetry, a rendition of This is Me from The Greatest Showman and an orchestral performance of the Avengers’ theme. The audience left the event, feeling empowered and enriched by a TEDx experience.

Published in: on February 16, 2018 at 12:57 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  

PSN @ Vex IQ Robotics Competition Gurgaon

This competition was a blast to be a part of. I remember working very hard and was very proud to win awards for what we as a team achieved. Before I delve deeper into what we made, let’s understand what the competition was about.

The competition was split into 2 parts: STEM Research Project and Vex IQ Challenge. The Vex IQ Challenge was further divided into 3 parts: Autonomous Round, Driver Control and Team Alliance. In the Autonomous Round, we had to program the robot to do the tasks independently. In the Driver Control round, we had to control our robot with a controller and score points by doing the tasks. The Team Alliance round made us partner with another team and the points we scored were added to the points they scored, and then both teams won the points.

 


The Vex IQ Challenge was to make a robot that could do a series of tasks to score points. There were limitations as we were only allowed to use the Vex IQ Kit. Krish worked on that and Madhav helped.

The STEM Research Project’s theme was to use robotics to help people such as the disabled, military, elderly and to perform rescue missions. We decided to make a new iteration of the Blind Man’s Stick. Our final project worked like this: if there is an obstacle within 8 inches of the stick, the stick will make a sound.

After Arushi and I had made the final prototype, we worked on the presentation for our STEM Research Project which was aboard. I wrote a lot of the material and Arushi made it look very professional and contributed to the material.

Next, we had to make a process journal on the whole journey to the competition. Krish, Arushi and I worked on that, too. We also ended up printing t-shirts that I designed.

At the competition, we were delighted to meet other people with similar mindsets about robotics and enjoyed the events. For the autonomous round though, I had to program in 20 minutes as we did not have the Vex IQ Mat. Despite that, we still got 2 points.

In total, we got 18 points and won 3 trophies: Participation, Best STEM Research Project and Best Design. I loved the thrill of seeing something that I worked so hard on, sacrificed my lunches and PE lessons for, to win an astonishing number of trophies.

Overall, I loved this competition a lot and would love to go again next year. This was a tremendous experience.

Vikramaditya sigh 8B

Published in: on February 6, 2018 at 1:00 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