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Are kids too young to learn coding?

Very interesting question that was widely asked and EdTech were criticised for asking kids to learn and pick up coding. I see this question is an interesting for any form of learning until a norm is formed or policy makes it optional to mandatory. I had this question is it necessary during course of engineering studies, why programming language for a non-computer science students? So far, I did a little bit of coding for education and nothing at work. Does it mean coding wasn’t required? or Coding isn’t about writing lines of code but skills one would develop. I realised the traditional approach of syllabus versus teaching that is often aimed at examination point of view missed the really essence of learning coding. I have done a bit to explore various views on coding. What do you think?

Would appreciate your thoughts on my tedx talk ‘The negative part of kids coding’https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bp72J0bywAI&t=11s

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Communication Strategies for a Virtual Age

I love the introduction remark by Ivan Wanis Ruiz, the course instructor, “Knowledge without application is useless”. The course introduces to application through quizzes and a peer-graded assignment. I loved the assignment. Check the embedded video here!

My name is Santosh Avvannavar and I will take own life topic for a peer-graded assignment for the course Communication Strategies for a Virtual Age offered by School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto on Coursera Platform. I will be using Supportive Communication style.

I thank God for the strength, friend, Coursera, course instructor. And also extend my gratitude to QtPi Robotics for the creative ecosystem.

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Crack the Job Code: Workshop for MBA’s

Three day “Cracking the Job Code” workshop was held for students of MBA 3rd Semester students of BVB Sangha’s BIMS Bagalkot from Feb 11 – 13 2021 under the guidance and leadership from Dr. Meena R Chandawarkar, Hon. Secretary of Amrita Foundation for HRD, Bagalkot, Karnataka. The resource persons for the workshops were Mr. Henrich P, Sales and Marketing Officer of QtPi Robotics, Bengaluru and Mr. Santosh Avvannavar, Education Journalist at QtSTEAM and Mentor QtPi Robotics. The overall workshop rating is promising, 4.48 /5.

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Career Skills Program for BVB Sangha’s Arts college, Bagalkote

Career Skills Program for students of BVB Sangha’s Arts College Bagalkot. Thank you Amrita Foundation for HRD Bagalkot and Dr. Meena Chandavarkar, Hon. Secretary of Amrita Foundation for HRD Bagalkot 🙏😇 Thank you Anil Kumar Bijapur, Impact, Founder for gracing the occasion as a resource person.

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Career Skills Program for BVB Sangha’s Science & Arts college, Bagalkote

As we come to the last day of 2020 we all stood tall in the challenging year and we are sure this will also pass away. From 28 to 30 Dec 2020 Amrita Foundation organised “Career Skills” program under the leadership and guidance of Dr. Meena R Chandavarkar for final year students of B.V.B Sangha’s Science and Arts College, Bagalkote students. Over 200 students participated. Through the foundation we would like to help the curious mind to build skills for career and life. Three days session were imparted on Interview Skills, Communication Skills and Team building. Resource persons for the program were Dr. Anil Kumar from Impact Lifeskills Leadership Empowerement, Vijayapura and Mr. Santosh Avvannavar, Educational Journalist & CEO at QtSTEAM and Mentor QtPi Robotics, Bengaluru.

We take this opportunity to thank Principals of Science and Arts college, parents for their support and students who participated. In 2021 we hope to have more students to lead & learn by strengthening themselves and the community.

Wishing parents, students and community, a very Happy New Year 2021!

Dr. Meena R Chandavarkar, Principal & faculty of BVB Sangha’s Science College along with students participants
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Genie Platform: Coding Anywhere Anytime

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10th Student Ambassador: A Live Coding Session

Our weekend FB Live Session by student ambassador is compliments of the QtPi Robotics. This is run by Qrious mind to Qrious learners who would like to tinker and enjoy creativity and its free of charge. Are you the one? Lets code on 27th Dec with our student ambassador, G. Prakyath Goud to code & build “Whizbee Disc”.

Date/Day/Time: 27th Dec, 𝐒𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 6 pm 𝐨𝐧𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐬.

𝐑𝐞𝐠𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫 – https://tinyurl.com/QtPiLive

𝐿𝑖𝑚𝑖𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑠𝑒𝑎𝑡𝑠! 𝐻𝑢𝑟𝑟𝑦 𝑢𝑝!

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9th Student Ambassador: A Live Coding Session

Our weekend FB Live Session by student ambassador is compliments of the QtPi Robotics. This is run by Qrious mind to Qrious learners who would like to tinker and enjoy creativity and its free of charge. Are you the one?

Lets code on 20th Dec with our student ambassador, Bhavika Bhageria to code & build “Mind Hunters”.

Date/Day/Time: 20th Dec, 𝐒𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 4 pm 𝐨𝐧𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐬.

𝐑𝐞𝐠𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫 – https://tinyurl.com/QtPiLive
𝐿𝑖𝑚𝑖𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑠𝑒𝑎𝑡𝑠! 𝐻𝑢𝑟𝑟𝑦 𝑢𝑝!

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Hey Woman, thoda adjust karlo

I feel withered thinking of all those moments my mother had to ‘Thoda (little) Adjust”. I learnt lessons in hard ways to understand the meaning of ‘little’ through travels and observations. One such incident was, I was taking a train to Vapi, a city in Valsad. I boarded a train with few passengers and several got in as the train moved from one station to the other. At a few stations like Vasai, Virar the number of people who got into the reservation compartment were more than the seats available. I saw a lady from a lower berth negotiating a young boy from a middle berth not to sleep as she wanted to sit. He seemed non-negotiable in spite of her attention from fellow passengers. I thought it’s fairly right for every passenger to choose : either to sit or sleep. However, the design of railway coaches limits these options in sleeper coaches. If one chooses to sleep, the person in the lower and middle berth has to adjust. Hence I mostly opt for upper berth.

I wasn’t concerned about this adjustment. But something else shook me in a moment as we crossed Virar station. As I returned from the wash room witnessed a man occupying my upper berth seat. I asked him for his ticket to check if one of us was wrongly occupied. He kept arguing that he is getting down at the next station that’s an hour away. I kept asking for his ticket. I told him either you move out of the berth otherwise I will complain to TC and if required will inform the police. He realised I am a tough nut to negotiate. I thought this is the end of such ‘adjustment’ requests. Two women in the next berth were having hell out of arguments with the mob. I am using mob to indicate men who were trying to put those two women down through their yelling. I am glad two women doubled their voices. It included foul language that my ears weren’t prepared to hear! Two woman were right to ask passengers without reservations to get down and move to the unreserved compartments. Humans are complicated and men are complicated too! I witnessed the mob changing their voice asking two women to behave like ‘women’. We have stereotyped genders and expectations are set accordingly! 

I am not in for the foul language but the mob wouldn’t have understood other forms perhaps. If those men believe to behave like ‘gentlemen’, they shouldn’t have got into reservation compartments. If this is unacceptable, why ask someone to be gentle or to adjust? Unfortunately, the people in the system should help to make the travel experience memorable, not bitter. Plus people should respect one’s itinerary. The Humane side is required at times of crisis but crisis cannot be presented as everyday. 

I have instincts for such requests from passengers. I have denied at times and accepted at times to help the passengers through a dialogue with TC. I might not be able to give a medal to those two women or anyone who fought to fix the issues but would definitely applause for not ‘adjusting’ for the wrong ask! 

Sometimes such wonderful messages often get missed. I am not sure why the editor film had to cut this wonderful message?

Santosh Avvannavar, Education Journalist at QtSTEAM, www.youtube.com/QtSTEAM

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Smart Tap: A Live Robotic Session

Our weekend FB Live Session by student ambassador is compliments of the QtPi Robotics. This is run by Qrious mind to Qrious learners who would like to tinker and enjoy creativity and its free of charge. Are you the one? Lets build a prototype with QtPi Robotic kit on 13th Dec with our student ambassador, Shruthi Pandey to build “Smart Tap”.

Date/Day/Time: 13th Dec, 𝐒𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 11 am 𝐨𝐧𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐬.

𝐑𝐞𝐠𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫 – https://tinyurl.com/QtPiLive

𝐿𝑖𝑚𝑖𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑠𝑒𝑎𝑡𝑠! 𝐻𝑢𝑟𝑟𝑦 𝑢𝑝!

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My School Best School Daffodils Foundation for Learning Episode 4

In the episode 4 of My School Best School, Santa Santosh Avvannavar is in conversation with Principal Dr. Sujatha Girish, Senior Academic Coordinator Mrs.Triveni, we also have a parent Mrs.Namitha.M, and two wonderful students – Ms.Preksha Mahesh and Mr. Aaryan. S in Grade 8 and 9 respectively. of Daffodils Foundation for Learning Bengaluru to know – why do they think their school is best school?

Media Partner Aliska News

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8th QtPi Students Ambassador: A FB Live Coding Session

Our weekend FB Live Session by student ambassador is compliments of the QtPi Robotics. This is run by Qrious mind to Qrious learners who would like to tinker and enjoy creativity and its free of charge. Are you the one?

As rightly said by Philippe Perrin, “It’s only when you’re flying above it that you realise how incredible the Earth is.” Lets fly high on 6th Dec with our student ambassador, Ahlada N M to build “Helicopter Game”.

Date/Day/Time: 6th Dec, 𝐒𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 4 pm 𝐨𝐧𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐬.

R𝐞𝐠𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫 – https://tinyurl.com/QtPiLive

𝐿𝑖𝑚𝑖𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑠𝑒𝑎𝑡𝑠! 𝐻𝑢𝑟𝑟𝑦 𝑢𝑝!

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7th QtPi Student Ambassador: A Live Coding Session on 29th Nov

Our weekend FB Live Session by student ambassador is compliments of the QtPi Robotics. This is run by Qrious mind to Qrious learners who would like to tinker and enjoy creativity and its free of charge. Are you the one?

“Enjoy your drive and take care of yourself and others on the road. Follow traffic rules.”

Lets start on 29th Nov with our student ambassador, Advaita Iyer to build “Traffic Signal”.

Date/Day/Time: 29th Nov, 𝐒𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 11 am 𝐨𝐧𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐬.

𝐑𝐞𝐠𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫 – https://tinyurl.com/QtPiLive

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Sales and Business Development Intern Position at QtPi Robotics

We are hiring Female Sales & Business development intern at QtPi Robotics.The candidate should be able to tolerate a very high level of ambiguity, able to synthesise a lot of inputs, great at persuasion, rapidly experiment and discard a lot of hypothesis and able to navigate through objections, able to establish trust. This is not just a “calling” job, but customer success, enablement & on-boarding.

You own that relationship.

Please email at careers@qtpi.in if interested.

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Paradox: School is Best Laboratory for Holistic Development?

Anuradha Singh & Santa Santosh Avvannavar in conversation with Champa Saha. In concluding Part 3, Champa Saha share on the reasons why success & holistic development are contradictory. However, schools are looked up for holistic development but paradox is its a best laboratory to experience the child’s development.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eItEtUEwYfY&t=32s

Media partner Aliska-News and Supported by Amrita Foundation

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Parenting in Child’s Holistic Development

Anuradha Singh & Santa Santosh Avvannavar in conversation with Champa Saha. In Part 2, Champa Saha share on parents role for their child’s holistic development.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCdGi1vZV0U&t=429s

Media partner – Aliska-News and Supported by Amrita Foundation

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To make every child an innovator

QtPi integrated learning kit for kids helps to develop 𝟐𝟏𝐬𝐭 𝐜𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐲 𝐬𝐤𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐬. Build unlimited projects through our 𝐃𝐄𝐒𝐈 model: Design, Electronics, Software and Integration.

QtPi Robotics Kit which contains building blocks (Q-bits), Electronics (Motherboard, Plug & Play Sensors/actuators), Coding & LMS Platform Access for 1 year. This will ensure a smooth entry to the world of robotics and help you on your path to experience robotics.

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Now Hiring: Openings at QtPi Robotics

  1. Now Hiring: Freelance Coding & Robotics Online Trainer/ Live Webinar Presenter Work From Home
  2. Content creators and Product interns

QtPi robotics, a Make in India initiative, recognised by Karnataka Government and Government of India. Free training provided for people with prior teaching or coding experience. Teach 6-17 years old. Code.org or Python or Artificial Intelligence. Flexible timing and pick your batch.

Mail applications to freelance@qtpi.in

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Innovation beyond labs

Santa Santosh Avvannavar in conversation with Dr. Nivedita Agarwal on if Innovation are possible beyonds labs. Dr. Nivedita believes the conception of innovation has evolved through different kinds of innovations such as radical, incremental, frugal and so on.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CczijmblvH4&feature=youtu.be

Media partner Aliska-News and Supported by Amrita Foundation

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Join QtPi student Ambassador Bonala Mansi’s FB Live Session to build “Stop Watch”

Join this weekend to cheer our student Ambassador Bonala Mansi’s FB Live Session to build “Stop Watch”.

08 Nov, 𝐒𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝟒 𝐩𝐦 𝐨𝐧𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐬

𝐑𝐞𝐠𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫 – https://tinyurl.com/QtPiLive 𝐿𝑖𝑚𝑖𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑠𝑒𝑎𝑡𝑠! 𝐻𝑢𝑟𝑟𝑦 𝑢𝑝!

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6th QtPi Student Ambassador: A Live Coding Session

The clock is ticking 🙂
Learning and applying the learning as early is future to be sure footed! As rightly said by, William Shakespeare, “Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.” Why one need to wait to learn?
Join this weekend to cheer our student Ambassador Bonala Mansi’s FB Live Session to build “Stop Watch”.

Date/Day/Time: 08 Nov, 𝐒𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝟒 𝐩𝐦 𝐨𝐧𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐬.
𝐑𝐞𝐠𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫 – https://tinyurl.com/QtPiLive

𝐿𝑖𝑚𝑖𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑠𝑒𝑎𝑡𝑠! 𝐻𝑢𝑟𝑟𝑦 𝑢𝑝!


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5th QtPi Student Ambassador – A Live Coding Session

As rightly said by John Bingham, “The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” Lets start on 1 Nov with our student ambassador, Namit Shrivastava to build “Car Race Game”.

Date/Day/Time: 01 Nov, 𝐒𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝟒 𝐩𝐦 𝐨𝐧𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐬.

𝐑𝐞𝐠𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫 – https://tinyurl.com/QtPiLive
𝐿𝑖𝑚𝑖𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑠𝑒𝑎𝑡𝑠! 𝐻𝑢𝑟𝑟𝑦 𝑢𝑝!


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Right Brand Name

I was traveling to Delhi airport after a TEDx talk with a wonderful person Ms. Nabomita Mazumdar. She is one of the Top 100 Women Achievers winner from the Ministry of Women and Child Development, India. During our interaction she said, “whoever has identified the name QtPi, it’s amazing”. Perhaps this wasn’t the first time I had heard. People have smiled on hearing the name “QtPi” (www.qtpi.in). Nabomita’s words were reaffirmation of having the right name! Any branding strategist would agree that the right name is timeless like a workhorse and a brand asset.

Do share your such experience! 

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EdTech to bring inclusivity for less developed countries

This article is in continuation to the : Decoding Parents Asks versus Product offers in EdTech (click here to read). EdTech companies are relatively new to India and elsewhere. EdTech companies have brought in inclusivity and affordability from the traditional brick and mortar environment. Though the earlier generation would prefer brick and mortar or sandwiched models, part online and part in classroom learning. The present generation will eventually move to online and might look for brick and mortar for hands-on activities like maker space. Some readers might not agree to me, that’s absolutely fine. Kindly bear on my thinking till the end!

As I mentioned EdTech companies have brought inclusivity in learning otherwise one relied heavily on competitive exams, cut off marks, limited seats for a course, unaffordable fees, location constrains are some of the reasons to younger generations who are exploring affordability, time saver, hassle free process and goal-oriented. These are evident in less developed countries where there is a larger percentage of the young population. These young people understand the challenges per se in education, job opportunities and career. The internet presents social dynamics among their peers for the young generation. The argument is not to replace the brick and mortar experience but make it inclusive. As inclusiveness is not about being similar; it is about having similar experience despite differences.

I think consumers must help EdTech through constructive feedback, collaboration and their ask to narrow down the differences that were caused because of exclusivity. I assume we learn to fight out the curiosity. It’s a feeling of deprivation that comes from what we know and what we want to know. Humans are constantly looking for ways out to fill this gap.

At the moment the need is all about board exams either it be 10th and 12th, though it holds true in higher education as well. Hence the curiosity level is low. In other words parents, education institutions have little or no expectations at all. As exams do not have an element of curiosity. They are measures of already taught and known. There is no exploration! This also could be a strong reason that in most Parent Teachers Meeting (PTM) the discussion revolves around academics. I am not against exams completely but it’s always 1/3rd for me. The 2/3rd has elements of physical and mental stimulus. The board exams strong expectation from parents makes children avoid finding truth and therefore have low curiosity.

Santosh Avvannavar, Education Journalist at QtSTEAM, www.youtube.com/QtSTEAM

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FB Live Coding event with QtPi student ambassador

Join 𝐅𝐁 𝐋𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐬𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧 with our 𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐀𝐦𝐛𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐚𝐝𝐨𝐫

Lets talk about your joys by coding and building an app – “Talk to Me” led by QtPi Student Ambassador, Ms 𝐀𝐚𝐬𝐡𝐧𝐚 𝐌𝐚𝐧𝐨𝐣, Grade 7, Shishya 𝐁𝐄𝐌𝐋 𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐜 𝐒𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐥, 𝐁𝐞𝐧𝐠𝐚𝐥𝐮𝐫𝐮

Date/Day/Time: 𝟐𝟓 𝐎𝐜𝐭, 𝐒𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝟒 𝐩𝐦 𝐨𝐧𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐬.

𝐑𝐞𝐠𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫 – https://lnkd.in/gD7VcxN

𝐿𝑖𝑚𝑖𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑠𝑒𝑎𝑡𝑠! 𝐻𝑢𝑟𝑟𝑦 𝑢𝑝!

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Episode 3 Baaton ka Bharta – The Parenting Lessons that I have learnt | Santosh Avvannavar

Episode 3 – “Baaton Ka Bharta” 😊 translate loosely as “Talker” in English. The series aims on important parenting lessons one could have learnt from personal experiences or observations.

Media partner – Aliska-News and Supported by Amrita Foundation

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Decoding: Parents Asks versus Product Offers in EdTech

I have more questions than answers in this article. How do you view money? Small or Big? I see money is often viewed as big and small rather than affordable and costly. Today I read a write-up from a parent on a platform about an education product. Initially I thought it was pros and cons of the product. Then I see several threads intertwined. I shall try to decode the same. 

Firstly the parent think – “my child didn’t like the product and its lying on the table as it is since some days.” The thread unfolds to help me to understand that it was a self-learning module. The question that continues to linger is – isn’t it choice of a parent? Any good product developers would develop for a larger application. I felt the issue wasn’t with the product but on the generalisation by the vendor and secondly the buyer on buying the idea that’s applicable for their child. Did the parent try a trail session? Or a smaller session? If the answer is yes, then the first and future points are more repentance of choice than the product itself. I believe that the parent has to understand that everyone’s (not just kids but adults as well) learning processes are different. Once the problem is understood fixation is required than asking the same offer to do wonders. It’s like asking Margherita Pizza to have all toppings! I am all in for deliberations to choose a product over ranting and raging. 

Secondly the parents talk about school work load, tuition work load, busy and occupied parents and so on. According to me the conclusions were drawn of the product mostly relying on these arguments. Unending questions were popping out – Is an ambitious and career orientated parent doesn’t have time for their own child? Does the parent expect the self-learning module to do wonder by itself? Unlike in the past, today parents might have one or two children. Is parenting one child so difficult? Or priorities are misplaced? 

I smiled ear to ear on reading the closing remarks – “let your children naturally blossom.” Perhaps this was only a point that resonated to me though with caution. I am not sure if the parent meant what Author Tim Harford shares about the slow-motion multitask in his TED Talk (click here) and Adam Grant shares about the habits on original thinkers in his TED Talk (click here) . Though, I doubt the parents meant the same! 

Parent rant and rage is understandable if the promises are broken from the vendor. I am not sure what the vendor promised. I can only assume from the bit and piece from the write-up. I think anyone must read articles & ads as : “Nothing said in general to be read for specific and nothing said in specific to be read for general. Both cases aren’t wrong!”  I think it’s also a good case for the vendor to revisit such a request from parents and promises to offer in the future. How do parents see such ads? I have a piece to read – click here

Let us revisit on my first thought – How do you view money? Small or Big? I see money is often viewed as big and small rather than affordable and costly. Let’s assume as a parent you are with your child in a supermarket. I am sure a child wouldn’t leave you till one favourite thing is bought. Let say you pick up a toy in order to give you peace of mind to shop for household needs. As you move with your child from one row to another row the child is occupied and busy with the toy. You have won and the child has won! Isn’t it? As you move to the counter to pay and you notice the toy is broken into pieces. You still pay for it either being a happy parent of a child utilised the toy to the maximum or regret handling behaviour. Lets extend with another possibility, the toy is intact. You pay and walk out and the child hands it over to you at the exit door and says, “I don’t want it”. Would you go back to return it? Would you blame the vendor? Would you blame the supermarket for stocking toys? Would you blame the child? Would you blame yourself? Would you pacify yourself with a pat thinking it was affordable? Would you go on a platform and rant about the toy?I warned you in the beginning I have more questions to seek answers over answers to them. 

However this could happen with any product or service. My original intention of the article is firstly, for individuals to revisit on understanding the way we see and think about money. As I think every coin or banknote has a face value (a true story – click here). Secondly, ways to see ads and have deliberations and take a test ride before buying. Thirdly, not all services and products appeal; it could be aesthetic, value, promises or so on. Fourthly, don’t worry about failing an experiment and it’s going to help your child make an early better decision than repenting in mid-career. This would be very difficult to reverse. Several people would nod with the fourth point atleast if not all!

Santosh Avvannavar, Education Journalist at QtSTEAM, www.youtube.com/QtSTEAM

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My world My everything

Santa Santosh Avvannavar in conversation with 14 year old Ela Chakravarthy who is multifaceted personality interested in umpteen activities like music, recitation of shlokas, quiz competition and helping the community. Ela formed a concept of “Swasth Shaala” to help students during pandemic. This concept is through her Future Leaders Programme. She is a student of Daffodils Foundation for Learning, Bengaluru.

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FB Live Coding Session

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Join 𝐅𝐁 𝐋𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐬𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧 with QtPi 𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐀𝐦𝐛𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐚𝐝𝐨𝐫 to code & develop a “Jumpy Ball”.

Date/Day/Time: 18 𝐎𝐜𝐭 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟎 Sunday from 4 pm onwards

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Episode 2 Baaton ka Bharta – The Parenting Lessons that I have learnt | Santosh Avvannavar

Episode 2 – “Baaton Ka Bharta” 😊 translate loosely as “Talker” in English. The series aims on important parenting lessons one could have learnt from personal experiences or observations.

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Rage & Rant on Kids Coding Ads 

Let me begin on ways to read articles & ads: “Nothing said in general to be read for specific and nothing said in specific to be read for general. Both cases aren’t wrong!” 

Ads with facts in general or in specific talks about “calling” mostly through a known person in an ad. That person calling may not have to do with anyone else or product itself. People resonate with them as economic growth keeps mankind together. This is true as one’s calling romanticise several others. This unrealistic love could take a hit on a good life. If this is to be true then, how should one see any ads? See them as they are! In other words, see them as a craft. Focus must be on learning or doing an activity not driving relationships to the person in the ad. This is highly true for kids! One doctor friend gave an interesting view on things to use on skin (to keep it healthy): Apply those are edible! The doctor did make sense; one that’s good for internal development of the body holds good for external too! Don’t we miss the “calling” of the external body?

There is nothing wrong with setting lofty goals but only on the condition that one maintain a distanced, level-headed relationship with goals. Even one has to argue on a handful of names that falls in the bracket of “calling” & “success”. However, there is a larger pool of miserably failures. One needs to take calling with a pinch of salt because there are people such as terrorists, cheaters, criminals can also claim on their calling. 

Does this mean one should avoid the ads? Absolutely no! Ads help us know about a product or service for the community. There are two right outcomes: Learn and practice (with respect to ads of coding) or use and test (with respect to food). One could also avoid the ads. And remember its child who is participating, not you, parent! As much food is to the body, learning is to the mind. See it as one more activity for the development of mind. A development that’s going to gain experiences and skills. As one day, everyone might need to do a job to make bread for the day mostly through an ad. 

Santosh Avvannavar, Education Journalist at QtSTEAM, www.youtube.com/QtSTEAM

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The Negative Part of Kids Coding

In one of my interactions with a pilot I asked a question, what runs in your mind while being in the cockpit of the plane? The pilot paused and said, “I am not aiming to give a spectacular feeling to the passengers but to ensure a safe reach. I just hope not to crash.” Today I could relate to this several aspects of parenting. I can always prevent my kids from learn coding because I think it isn’t safe or save them from a possible crash. The items in “Isn’t safe” are – exposure time to screen, impact to eyes, and wrong use of the internet. And the items in “Save” are – not sure if today they learn would become redundant, young to code, time, and money

As a parent sometimes I see it like investing in the stock market. I often think investment to be “upside” preferably, not “downside”. This conservative move misses mistakes and in turn experiences. See its safe to avoid a bad experience! As a conservative parent I end up asking – what Coding isn’t, rather than what Coding is. In other words what coding could guarantee? I often don’t ask, by not doing what does it prevent? As a well-wisher of my child I often forget to ask myself the thinking I have through the knowledge is somewhat puny. 

As a parent it’s my duty to “save” children from alcoholism, drugs, dysfunctional marriage, debt, loneliness, self-comparisons with others, rage, envy and so on. I don’t think anyone needs to educate me on this. As a parent I need to see how close “coding” is to this save list. Is it bad like war, destroys house, disease, divorce and bankruptcy? 

This thinking has left me to revisit my “upside” and “downside” plus to understand the difference between thinking and doing. As one of my professor rightly said, “Engineering is an ideal degree if you want to become a engineering professor but not if you want to be an engineer”. This thought reminded me – one becomes an engineer by “doing” or practice. This is true in every field! Nobel prizes are for “doing” not for just “thinking”. Doing ( or Tinkering) can take anyone to anywhere. Here “anywhere” I refer to a position in a company or become a founder or a scientist. 

These thoughts have made me move from “thinking shoe” to “doing shoe”. Be the proverbial king who dressed as a beggar to mingle with his subjects to help understand thinking and doing. What would you do – thinking or doing?

Santosh Avvannavar, Education Journalist at QtSTEAM, www.youtube.com/QtSTEAM

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Communication Experiment

Could you please spare 10 min for an experiment?

I am researching on Communication Skills and have a request to do an activity with the given link – https://youtu.be/AWuoT2QGtIo ; would appreciate your support and help!

Please do share with your friends to help me broaden the future findings.

Thank you once again

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A Live Coding Session by QtPi student Ambassador

“Finding” is like solving the quiz. There is a problem, and one has to solve the same. This weekend our Ambassador would help to develop “Quiz App” through a 𝐅𝐁 𝐋𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐬𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧 on 𝟏𝟏 𝐎𝐜𝐭 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟎 from 4 pm onwards.

Register – https://tinyurl.com/QtPiLive

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The parenting lessons that I learnt Ep 1

We begin a new series titled “Baaton Ka Bharta” 😊 translate loosely as “Talker” in English. The series aims on important parenting lessons one could have learnt from personal experiences or observations.

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Glimpse to 3 day BIMS, MBA workshop at Bagalkot

Three day “Cracking the Job Code” workshop was held for students of MBA 3rd Semester students of BVB Sangha’s BIMS Bagalkot from Feb 11 – 13 2021 under the guidance and leadership from Dr. Meena R Chandawarkar, Hon. Secretary of Amrita Foundation for HRD, Bagalkot, Karnataka. The resource persons for the workshops were Mr. Henrich P, Sales and Marketing Officer of QtPi Robotics, Bengaluru and Mr. Santosh Avvannavar, Education Jouranlist at QtSTEAM and Mentor QtPi Robotics. The overall workshop rating is promising, 4.48 /5.

The video edited by Henrich P