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A vision that changed Zilla Parishad schools of Maharashtra

Mumbai: In the remote village of Pashtepada in the tribal block of Shahapur in Thane district a digital school was born in 2009. It became the state’s first such school. The team behind this school have been going across the length and breadth of the state to replicate the idea. Seven years later, the idea has been replicated in over 15,000 schools, from Nashik and Nandurbar to Gadchiroli and Sindhudurg. Children were dropping out of Zilla Parishad schools. It was a matter of survival for these schools. They needed a brand to survive. The idea of making use of technology…

Pashtepada teacher makes history with solar-smart school

A primary school teacher in a small hamlet called Pashtepada, in Thane district’s Shahapur taluka, is hitting headlines. Sandip Gund, 27, has converted his small zilla parishad school into a “solar-smart school,” with no financial assistance from the government. Over 40 schools in Thane, Yavatmal and other districts have already replicated Gund’s model and have started offering digital shalas this year. His attempt is drawing attention even from other states and officials from Assam and Gujarat are in Pashtepada to study the ‘Gund model’. Gund’s school caters to just 25 students. Here, children don’t have to carry textbooks and notebooks….

Kids Lead Amazing enhancement of Sagarmitra Waste-Plastics-Management Initiative

A few school kids from Bal Shikshan Mandir English Medium School, Pune, India created a documentation model which they have named “Saturation Team Performance Audit”. In the Sagarmitra Program which their school participates for last three years they have observed that some kids do not volunteer to fetch domestic waste plastic from home to school as suggested. These kids keep tab and arrange four peer-pressure possibilities which are documented and urge each kid to fetch waste plastic from home to school. What happens when in a class of 40 kids, 39 fetch waste plastic from home to school and 1…

Women In Hardware – Episode One w/ littleBits CEO Ayah Bdeir

Adafruit and Hackster.io, with the generous support of Microsoft, Autodesk, and Qualcomm, have teamed up to present Women in Hardware – an interview series covering some of the most inspiring women pioneering the hardware industry. From groundbreaking entrepreneurs, to engineers at the tops of their fields, we want to highlight the women who are inventing, innovating, and changing hardware for the better.   For the premiere episode of the series, join Ayah & Limor in an engaging conversation with topics ranging from life in NYC, product development processes, open source hardware and more. Hear the advice they would give to…

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