Fun with Liquid Nitrogen in Mumbai

Fun with Liquid Nitrogen in Mumbai
Imagine being able to have liquid nitrogen which is minus 196 degrees Celsius right in your home! For experimenting with, ofcourse. Nitrogen Utsav (56)The team with the various experiments they did.

They started with introducing themselves, Science Utsav, a company, started 4 years ago in Bangalore. Then they invited questions from the children and parents alike. The first experiment was one of pouring out liquid nitrogen into a plastic beaker and putting a fresh rose in it. Nitrogen Utsav (30) Nancy was told to crush the rose and it powdered in her hands!

After this there were various experiments with different objects like cricket ball, banana, chikoo, balloons and Amul cool Milk. Nitrogen Utsav (20)

Pouring Liquid Nitrogen

Pouring Liquid Nitrogen

Yes that is what some of us Mumbai Homeschoolers got to taste, literally of course, at Liquid Nitrogen Science fun organised by Science Utsav, a company that organises science themed birthday parties too.
We met at our home on the 14th of October 2015. There were around 35 of us including a few parents.

Frothy fountain

Puking Volcano

 We also got to see this Puking volcano!
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Pouring out Liquid nitrogenIMAG6118

Experiments in full swing.IMAG6132

Children lining up to get a taste of instant icecream made right before their eyes!

Everyone enjoyed and learnt a lot of physics, chemistry and biology as well! Three cheers to homeschooling and science Utsav!

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Homeschool Creativity Meet

Nikhil hosted this event at his open-to-sky terrace flat in Santacruz today the 5th of Feb 2012, where some of us Mumbai Homeshoolers met for a wonderful time of fellowship and fun.

We started at 4 30 pm with some games designed by Supriya. They were enjoyed by one and all.

Each person was blinded and asked to identify the person amongst the group who told/whispered the sound ‘Ding Dong’. This was a fun session with almost everyone missing the mark!

After this we had another session of an escalating dialogue with emotions, which proved to be a learning experience for one and all.

We also had a lot of other fun and games, which also proved to be an icebreaker for many, like thinking of creative uses for a Hair clip.

Then we had a short talk on six hats thinking by Supriya,

and a lot of informal discussions on various things homeschooled kids enjoy, like wind surfing, para sailing, mental mathematics etc.

Grace cut her cake for her thirteenth birthday, and then we had snacks, followed by even more activities.

More creative sessions followed like three hand skit, moulding and camp fire.

Nikhil explains the details to a rapt audience

Using fevicol to smoothen the final mixture

Delicate patterns emerge

The finished products waiting to dry!

The finale was candle-light dinner served around a real log fire! We baked two potatoes in the fire too.

All in all it was a wonderful evening, cherished by all those who came, and missed by those who could not. We hope they will be able to make it to our next meet!

Here is the link to more photographs:

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Home schooling?

What? Homeschooling?

Many people ask me….You mean you dont send your kids to school?

Yes, I say. They all want to know why….

I say, let me ask you a few questions….

Why do you send your kids to school?

Learning at School

To learn, ofcourse, they say!

I ask them: How do you expect your kids to learn at school?

Why, from the text books ofcourse, and the teachers etc…

I ask them, what world are you living in? Don’t you know that if you want your kids to learn something from school text books, you are way behind the times? Knowledge is advancing so fast that by the time the textbooks your child gets are out they are already atleast a decade old?

If you want to find out or learn about anything, where do you go to now?

Smart way to learn

Did anyone say ‘google’!

Oh, it is as if a light bulb popped open in their brain…they wonder…..what on earth!

Then they say, aha, we send our kids to school so that they can ‘Socialise’ and learn to mix with other people.

I look at them and ask again, politely…where in the real world would you expect your child, assuming he or she grows up, to ‘socialise’ only with people his same age??

Are you preparing for the Real World

What kind of artificial ‘socialisation’ are you talking about? Would it not be better if your child mixes with their neighboring kids and with their brothers and sisters at home and around? Learning to share and play together?

By this time, the parent who asked me the question is left wondering why he or she did not think of all this before.

I reassure them, that there is still time. If you believe your kids are the most precious gifts you have, you would do your best for them. Since you thought that sending them to school was the best you could do for them, you did that. Now that you know there are better ways, think about it. Plan it as a family, pray about it. See if you have the necessary time and resources to homeschool.

Hey, homeschooling works!

Then be ready to change!

Hope you have a wonderful day ahead. Life is full of challenges and changes.