Gears of My Childhood

This is an exercise to think about things that I loved as a kid that later helped me learn things that I do now.

I have played with many toys. I have broken many toys. I have tried to fix many toys. At some point of time, I stopped being a maker. I can’t say I had a set of Gears of My Childhood but this process of breaking and fixing has had a profound effect on my mind. It shaped the way I approach life and problem. It has also made it hard for me to get into non-spatial learning. Most part of undergraduate classes are non-spatial.

I remember using resisters and then learning how color coding on resisters are used to ascertain resistances created by the resister.

As an adult, I find myself easily following manuals and instructions to build and tinker with any sort of home or work applications.

Learning Creative Learning

Joi Ito, director of the Media Lab, is one of the best examples of why we need to bring innovation in education. Education is a highly private affair. Education in its current form was established to fill ranks of industries’ skill workers. Industries have now become highly modernized and mostly controlled by machines but we still treat human beings as skilled workers.

We are thinkers. Thinkers think, absorb and create on their own time and not sometime around 8:35 am at ASB building. Education can’t be imparted by a scientist who pretends to be talking to 300 students. We have to make it a social affair where we can see, touch and modify science.