1/ Join us Sat, Sep 19 in our 12th Adda on 'The role of hands-on work in learning'. The panelists are- Himadri Das (co-founder, @repaircafebang ), Murali (Maya Organic), & @seensomewhere (Electronic Systems Architect, Cradlewise). Register at genwise.in/education-addas
2/ This interactive session runs from 1130 AM to 1230 PM. While hands-on work and skills are clearly important in skill-based activities like crafts, playing sports, playing a musical instrument etc., we believe that hands-on work is also relevant to learning 'academic subjects'
3/ This adda explores questions like- In what ways are hands-on work and learning theoretically, related to each other? Does one enhance the other? What can parents and teachers do to help students develop hands-on skills and integrate hands-on work/ doing into academic work?
4/ At the deepest level, can we separate hands-on & minds-on work? Was the vernier calliper invented by a craftsman or a scientist? Or someone who was both? Read this essay for some interesting thoughts on the matter.


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