AMC Science Day | MakerFest Glimpses

CLI, IITGn have been working with teachers and students of AMC(Ahmedabad Municipal Schools) for almost 5 months where we visit their schools every Tuesday and Thursday.  Every Wednesday 100 AMC school students visit us. This is part of Project Spark. (

On 28th February all the students and teachers of 274 schools exhibited their unique work. Due to the initiative, now the  school now has its own science/math corner. There were a total of 548 models for the display. Apart from this, there was live model making session where children made working projects from raw materials. This feat got selected for the Limca Book of Records.

We need to trust our children and teachers, provide them with material and opportunity to work. 17 people from IITGn went to judge the events by the children. It was heartening to see the spirit of collaboration and synergy between the entire team to make this event possible. The session chief guest were Prof Sudhir Jain ( Director, IITGn ) and education minister of  Gujarat – Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasama.

Here is what Prof Sudhir Jain has to say about the event:

Few glimpses of the event:

AMC Children visit to IITGn

100 children from AMC schools visited IITGn today. They had a wonderful time making tangram, gliders and learning about the ultrasonic sensor and its working! Have a look at the glimpses of the session.

After the session one of the child made a sheet of t-shirt out of the paper and showed me! Then we had tour campus and children really liked the library 🙂


Let’s fly together!

#ProjectSpark #AMC #CLI #IITGn

Can you make a A4 size sheet paper to travel 40 feet ? Yes, the children of AMC had wonderful time making several different types of paper planes and then testing it to see which one travel the farthest!

You can have a look the glimpses here too:

These children are from the following schools

  • KuberNagar Hindi 1
  • Amarpura Hindi 1
  • Thakkarnagar Hindi 1
  • Rakhiyal Hindi 1

Happy flying!

AMC Children Visit to IITGn -24 Jan 2018

It always heartening to see the children engrossed in doing the activity. Today, 100 children from the AMC schools visited IITGn. They were shown many low cost no cost activities via which they can learn science and mathematics. The children were really delighted to see the ghost cube and wanted to recreate those after going back to school.


Have a look at the glimpses of the session here:

AMC Children Visit to IITGn- 3rd Jan 2018

Today 100 children from the following schools visited IIT Gandhinagar

  • Amraiwadi Guj School No 16
  • Amraiwadi Guj School No 4
  • Amraiwadi Hindi School No 1
  • Amraiwadi Hindi School No 7

The children had immense fun getting engaged in doing Hands-on activities. They enjoyed making various paper caps, playing with tangram, making a simple paper copter along with doing other activities. The interesting thing about today session was 2 children already knew how to make paper caps. So we asked them to facilitate the session for their peers. They had awesome time explaining the making in Gujrati. After the session, we had a visit to IITGn library and a brief glance at the serene Sabarmati river. Hope this experience will be meaningful to the children. 

Glimpses of the session:

Fun with Paper Copter!

So this week we visited the following schools on
Tue: Saijpur Guj. School No. 5
Thurs: Saijpur Guj. School No. 6,9 & Asarwa Guj. School no. 1
100 children visited IITGn and had an awesome experience making paper copter and discovering the pattern behind a simple calendar. P.K. Srinivasan book on “Fun with Calendar” is something which every educator and children should get their hands on.
Here is the link to the pdf:

Glimpses of the session:


Magic Maths!

#ProjectSpark #AMC 100 children from the schools Shahapur 1,4,15 and Asrawa 4 visited IITGn today. The children has wonderful time discovering the mechanism behind the working of cycle which moves forward when one paddles backwards,on how to make beautiful mathematical structures with cube blocks,and working and making of a DC Motor. The session was enriched by present of Maths Educator,Mr Rupesh who works in the area of recreational mathematics based out of Mumbai. Children were amazed when he did an activity where he predicted the total number of brothers and sisters in one’s family.He also performed few card tricks which left the children awed.

Printing a concrete !

#ProjectSpark IIT Gandhinagar
Today 75 children from AMC Schools (Amaraivadi School No 1,5,11 ) visited IITGn . The session kick-started with design thinking session where participants got the challenge to design a purse for their fellow partners. This exercise helped children to appreciate the importance of empathizing with the end user while designing any solution. This was followed by an introduction session on Arduino microprocessor.
The best part of the day was when the children got chance to see the civil engineering lab and amazing work Shashank is doing!
He is a doing Ph.D. in civil engineering here. He is building a 3D printer that prints concrete! He shared children about his project followed by taking them to the lab to show its working! Children were amazed and inspired seeing the hard work, patience and creativity that went behind the creation of the prototype. It was truly eye-opening for the children and many thereafter expressed their interest that they too want to study here. Experiences like these make our day. Thanks Shashank for rekindling the spark which is within each one of us!
Here are more glimpses of today’s session:

1100+ children, 5 schools, 2 locations, 1 day

#ProjectSpark 1100+ children, 5 schools, 2 locations, 1 day #AMC#CLI_IITGN
This is what Project Spark is all about! To ignite the spark and bring back gleam in the eyes of every child.
After the session, a child came up and said “Wonderful demonstration!” another was curious to know how the touching Velcro slate was made, many wanted extra straws to make their own basuri!
One child who was sitting in front row, came up and told “Bhaiya, mujhe bhi newspaper cap banana aata hai” He even added that he knows how to even make camera and projector.
The warmth, joy, and exuberance which you experience while being around with them is something which can’t be put down in words.
Children naturally want to pull things apart, see the inner working, re-work according to their own whim and imagination. Sometimes, all we need to do is to stand back, give them the space to be themselves and learn to help them only when they ask for.

Happy Children’s Day!

What is more joyous and fulfilling than to celebrate Children’s Day with 700+ children from 4 AMC schools (Saraspur Gujarat School No 3,7,13,6) and share the joy of making? The entire space was full of excitement when we shared various low-cost toys which can be used to learn science and mathematics in the bargain. These visits are part of Project Spark, a joint initiative of CLI IITGn & AMC to ignite young minds!

We must remember that children are natural explorers. We must strive to create an environment where their agency is respected and valued.
Let the Child Act
The child likes to do things.
Let her wash his own hanky,
Let him fill her own cup,
Let her arrange the flowers,
Let him clean the plate,
Let him pod the peas,
Let him serve the food,
Let the child act,
And act at her own pace,
And act on his own wish.