1st March 2018
Hello everyone,

Summarizing the most memorable moments for the Design Thinkers in the past 6 months.

#1 International Olympiad Examinations

10+ Design Thinkers wrote all the 5 of the following examinations conducted by National Science Olympiad.

1) International General Knowledge Olympiad (IGKO)
2) International Math Olympiad (IMO)
3) National Science Olympiad (NSO)
4) International English Olympiad (IEO
5) National Cyber Olympiad (NCO)

One of our kid, Barath Mathiew got selected for Round 2 in both IEO & IMO securing top ranks in the city.  The results are yet to arrive!

#2 A complete tech-aided smart classroom

With the help of the funds raised, we were able to inculcate a lot of technology in our day to day learning.  Some of the technologies that we use include,

1) Google Chrome Cast (For instant sharing of information from mobile to Smart TV)
2) Interactive Smart Board (Touch supported)
3) Google Drive resource sharing (through the 4 Tablets that we have)

We realized that we came a long way when we saw the kids tracking their own progress using Google Sheets.

#3 Student-led classroom structures

Students independence and investment towards learning has been two major aspects of our vision for Design Thinkers.

We brought in an interesting classroom structure called as the Class Council which included students assuming leadership roles and solving various problems that exist in the classroom/school/community.

We have very interesting roles like Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Cleanliness leader, Orderliness leader for teams divided into Regions like Asia Pacific, Europe, Africa and America.

#4 Chennai Students Kondattam 2018

All the Design Thinkers enthusiastically participated at 30+ events at Chennai Students Kondattam, an inter-school competition and won 11 prizes on competitions like Group Drama, Design Squad, Art from Waste, Lemon and Spoon race.

#5 Trip to Chennai Museum

Kids were taken on a trip to visit Chennai Museum during Dec 2017.  The one-day event provided a lot of insights for the students about the Indian culture, kings, and monuments.  Then, they had an opportunity to watch a drama 'Happy Potter' which is an exclusive play conducted for kids who love Harry Potter.

Kids made an excellent growth in terms of outcomes in the recent Term 2 examinations.  They are possessing strong Math and vocabulary skills now.  We are trying to push for even more outcomes in the final 2 months of Grade 5!

What's next?
- Watch out for a major update.  Kids beyond borders!
- We are building a blog for our classroom.  Get ready to read daily chronicles from the Design Thinkers!

Thank you so much for your continuous support.  Feel free to reach out to: aravindhan.a2016@teachforindia.org to know anything about kids.

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