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  • Donate WORKBOOKS this WorldBookDay

    by Akshara Foundation on April, 23 2017

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    Hello, 

    Hope this mail finds you well. Thank you all for supporting our Robotics Champs last year. We have started a new campaign and thought you may be interested in it. 

    Celebrating every kind of book this World Book Day, Akshara Foundation asks for your support in providing 900 WORKBOOKS for 900 CHILDREN so they can perfect their written English skills.

     EASY English is Akshara Foundation's technology-based digital English programme. It has been piloted in three educational clusters of Karnataka – two rural clusters in Hoskote, Bangalore Rural district and one urban cluster in Bangalore city.

    A total of 37 Government schools are covered under this programme, benefitting around 44 teachers and 416 children in Class 1. In the coming academic year, Akshara Foundation plans to extend the programme to Class 2 in all the 37 Government schools. Thus benefiting about 900 children and 40 teachers.

    The old saying that goes, ‘Practice Makes Perfect' holds true in every sense. Once the children finish their sessions on the Tab in class, they are each given a workbook that they can practice their lessons on. These workbooks are curriculum driven as well, and have been designed to make English fun and easy to practice.

    Here’s where we need your help!

    For the next academic year, help us raise funds to ensure every one of these 900 children gets a workbook and in turn, help them better their written English skills.

    Interested? You can donate at https://www.ketto.org/fundraiser/workbooksforkids 

    Happy #WorldBookDay!


    Best Wishes,
    Team Akshara

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  • Checking in 10 months later...

    by Akshara Foundation on March, 23 2017

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    In 2013, Akshara Foundation with support from the Lego Foundation, set up a robotics lab in a government school, in Bangalore. 


    It’s overwhelming to see how the children have progressed from not being able to turn ON and turn OFF the computers to gaining the expertise in building Robots and programming it using computers.

    Just over 2 years later, in February 2016, these geniuses from the Seva Bharath Trust, made us all proud. Fighting against all odds, they were recently placed First in the ‘Dance’ category of the Robocup Junior National level Robotics competition and fourth among 39 teams in the First Lego League 2015 national competition, earlier this year.
     
    This gave them the opportunity to represent INDIA at the International level of the Robocup Junior competition in July 2016. 

    Here’s a look at their innovative robot, the E-bot Max that won them the 1st place. 


    Meet the team behind the coolest robot in India – the Master Minds. 

    From left to right: The Instinctive One (Ameenuddin), The Collaborator (Balachandra), The Mechanic (Aravinda Reddy), The Thinker (Lawrence), The Silent Programmer (Ramesh) and The Challenger (Ramakrishna).

    And their achievements haven’t gone unnoticed. They have driven Local and national media into a frenzy with their accomplishments! 

    But these young geniuses remained unfazed with all the limelight on them. All they wanted to do was prep for the next step, their next competition in Germany. They walked into the lab every day, rolled up their sleeves and immediately got to work on bettering the E-bot Max. 

    As a small tribute to these WHIZ KIDS, Akshara Foundation created a video that highlights them at their creative best. 

     
    After an action-packed fundraising quarter, E-bot Max and the Master Minds, finally made it for the International RoboCup Junior Competition that was held at Leipzig from June 29 to July 3, 2016.

    Initially, a 6-member team was supposed to go. But the challenges in getting their passports kept us swinging from courts to government offices, till finally it was time to leave and just three had managed to overcome all those hurdles. 

    We apologize for not updating you'll of their progress in time, but ensuring these kids got their visas on time took up all our attention and time. 

    While the Master Minds just about missed out on an award or two, they definitely did not fall behind on all the cheering, encouragement and positive feedback. 
    "It was a fabulous first-time effort", as quoted by one of the organizers. 

    That's all that matters, as long as they've come back richer with experience and had fun while at it. All this goes to prove that given an opportunity, anyone can reach for the stars.   

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About the Fundraiser

Robotics is a subject of interest among the students of all age groups, across the world. In the age of interplanetary exploration Robot education plays an important role in catering to the curiosity of the children. But this privilege is mostly reserved for the children from the economically well to do families. The children from the economically challenged section of the society are deprived of this opportunity. To fill in this gap Akshara foundation created a space for the underprivileged children to experience the world of Robots. This initiative also provides the students an opportunity to learn and apply Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in an integrated way.

Akshara Foundation, with the support of LEGO Foundation, set up a Robotics lab in Seva Bharat Trust Government School, Vivek Nagar, Bengaluru in 2013. All students of grades 5-7 and selected students of grades 8 and 9 participate in the Robotics program.

It’s overwhelming to see how the children have progressed from not being able to turn ON and turn OFF the computers to gaining the expertise in building Robots and programming it using computers.

 

MAKING WINNING A HABIT

 

Last year, for the first time, selected children from the lab participated in the regional level competitions of Indian Robot Olympiad, First Lego league and Robocup Junior. They went on to qualify for the national level competitions of First Lego League and Robocup Junior. Though they could not win at the national levels, the high spirits of the children was not dampened and they vowed to prepare even harder for this year's competitions.

This year again, the "Master minds" team qualified in two national level competitions - Robocup Junior and the First Lego League 2015 robotics competition. They will now go on to represent India at the international level finals.

The team “Master Minds”constituting 4 students from Seva Bharat Trust Government School, Vivek Nagar, Bengaluru and 2 students from Sacred Heart Boys School in Bengaluru were placed First in the “Dance” category of the Robocup Junior National level Robotics competition held in Banglaore and was also placed fourth among 39 teams in the First Lego League 2015 national competition held in New Delhi, both in February 2016.



These children have achieved this feat by surpassing various popularly known private institutions across India. We are very proud to announce that ours was the only team with students from the Govt Schools. They will go on to represent India at the international level of these competitions which will be held in Germany and Philippines respectively.

The team includes Ramesh (14), whose father is a construction worker; Lawrence (15) whose mother is a house maid; Ameen (12), whose father is an electrician; Ramakrishna (14), who was brought up by his grandmother as he lost his mother, Arvind (14), who is not so good at studies but very talented in building mechanisms and Balachandra (12).

The Lab experience is a self-esteem boosting experience for Ramesh. “I can also do it. I can tell people that I know all this,” he says. “I can show it to them.”

We would like your support to send these children to represent India at the International competitions in Germany and Philippines later this year. The team has come up through sheer hard work, putting together robots, measuring and calculating speeds, distances, timings, connecting wires and tinkering with computers.

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Let us give them the opportunity to showcase themselves at the international platform. Your support matters!

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