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Maker Fest competition held

posted 19 Aug 2017, 21:08 by Webmaster Alqamar

The Grand Al Qamar Maker Fest was held after the Independence Day celebrations.  9 teams from Grades 4-7 participated.  The Challenge : Make "something" which will bring an egg down safely when launched from the terrace.All teams were provided with an indentical set of supplies. And had one and a half hours to make their invention. The winning criteria - the egg must not break or crack, the least amount of material used, the most innovative engineering.
The Rocky Boyz came up with a plastic bag stuffed with balloons. The Funky's Play had a neat straw and sponge lined tray. The Purple Pygmy Puffs stuffed their egg into a plastic funnel and lined the sides with semi blown up balloons.  The Challengerz Playz and Dragon Warriors - both from the 4th grade - had simple solutions - a plastic bag parachute carrying a funnel with the egg. 

The teams had IITian Hauroon Jamal judging their inventions.  Finally, he chose the simplest and most effective inventions by the Dragon Warriors and the Challengerz Playz!

Independence Day celebrated

posted 19 Aug 2017, 20:45 by Webmaster Alqamar

Independence Day was celebrated on 15th August at Al Qamar with great fervour.

We were honoured to have Dr. Sultan Ismail, noted scientist, conservationist, ecologist and educationist, as the Chief Guest.

Dr. Ismail spoke about the key importance of certain values - punctuality, cleanliness, healthy eating as vital to our nation. He encouraged the children to take inspiration from the national flag in their eating habits - but including something orange, white and green in their food daily.

Dr. Ismail gave away the Annual Awards for 2016 and honoured the prize winners from last year. He also visited the exhibition of books written by Al Qamar students on environmental and social issues.

The young students presented a cultural program - with speeches and songs.

Student learn to design board games

posted 16 Aug 2017, 20:13 by Webmaster Alqamar

Most kids play board games - but how many get to create and design one?

Elementary students at Al Qamar got just that opportunity working with Santhosh of Bambaram Toy Library. They're undergoing a 3 part workshop series of which the first was held yesterday. Eventually, they will end up designing their own board game after designing and prototyping mentored by Santhosh.

After an ice breaker, children played Scattergories to get a flavour of a board game. Santhosh then handed out different board games - Checkers, Spell-o-fun, Taboo, Rush Hour etc. The challenge - create or modify this into a new game. The kids came up with all sorts of ideas. Some even tested their new game by playing it.

One group modified Othello into an interesting one - a player can choose whether to flip the opponent's coins or add some of her own. Another group created new rules for Rush Hour - where an ambulance has to get out. A third team created a chess like game from checkers - where the coins occupy a triangular space in a corner.

Next week - designing their own board game with pieces, rules, themes etc. Some of them already asked Santhosh "Are you going to make us famous with this ?" ;)


Al Qamar authors featured in The Hindu Young World

posted 16 Aug 2017, 20:11 by Webmaster Alqamar


"A Book in 60 days" - Metro Plus article on Al Qamar authors

posted 2 Aug 2017, 04:57 by Webmaster Alqamar   [ updated 2 Aug 2017, 04:57 ]


Al Qamar student authors' books launched

posted 19 Jul 2017, 04:37 by Webmaster Alqamar

It's a proud moment for any school when their student becomes an author of a book.

But there are no words to describe our feelings when not 1, not 2, but 12, yes, 12 students became authors.And their books were launched in a formal event on Sunday, 16th July 2017 at a Book Launch attended by representatives of NGO's working in the very areas the children wrote about.

The children worked with conservationist and nature educator, K. Ramnath Chandrashekhar for a period of 2 months. They wrote books on environmental and social issues to raise peoples' awareness and consciousness about the problems we are facing as a society. And in typical child fashion, they outlined innocent solutions full of hope! 

Ramath's skillful mentoring helped students choose their themes,  imagine stories, pen down the words, and illustrate their books.  Books dealt with deforestation, honey adulteration, animals eating garbage, ruin of wastelands, dying trees, rainwater harvesting.

Congratulations to Mariam Akbar, Anam Fathima, Abdul Majid, Ishal Abdul Azeez, Iman Akbar, Asfiya, Aayshah Maseerah, Asma Naser, Fathima Abdurraheem, Aathif Ahamed, Abdurrahman Jamal & Shaheeda Sathik.

May you contribute throughout your lives to human betterment.

Upcoming: Book Launch - Al Qamar child authors

posted 7 Jul 2017, 18:47 by Webmaster Alqamar

For children, by children
  • 12 children’s story books 
  • 12 child authors
  • 12 stories with a powerful message
  • 12 conscience stirrers
  • 12 calls to action
Al Qamar students worked with noted conservationist and nature educator K. Ramnath Chandrashekhar to write books for children on ecological and environmental issues. In doing so, they created fascinating worlds, filled with intriguing characters who raised our awareness on serious issues.
  • Come meet Ani – an adventurous bee who rebels against human bee keeping jailors.
  • Or travel with Beeno, the ball of fluff, who floats in a cloud over a garbage filled city.
  • Rally with Fazal at the Pallikarnai marsh against plastics which choke animals to death.
  • Go with Meela, the ant, on a mission to rescue her Queen from “Evil Scientists”
  • Or maybe evaporate and condense with Mr. Water Molecule whose water cycle leads him to interact with humans and their wasteful ways.
  • Weep with an Indian Citizen – the Neem tree - as his life ebbs during Vardah.
Come meet Kaua, Alagu, Nisha, Ruqia, and all their friends. Come be transported into wondrous worlds created by children for children……Maybe you’d be inspired to order a special autographed copy for yourself.

Talk by Ansh Mishra, the nomad hitchhiker

posted 30 Jun 2017, 08:14 by Webmaster Alqamar

Incredible talk at Al Qamar by Ansh Mishra - the nomad hitchhiker who is travelling throughout India - without a penny in his pocket. After travelling through 9 states and 3 Union Territories, Ansh arrived in Chennai.

He held us spellbound with his narrative on why he embarked on this incredible journey after setting himself a challenge of not using money, not even accepting money from anyone. How he's hitchhiked on bicycles, cars, trucks. Most eye opening and heartening were his tales on how at every stage people came forth to help, give shelter, food and a ride. How he's made friends, and experienced kindness which seems a rarity in today's environment.

A not to be missed experience! We felt we were travelling along him as he described the blackness of the Thar nights, the sweetness of the Gujarati dhal, the Kerala rain, the warm welcome of the Tamilians.


Superb performance in the Global Math Challenge

posted 8 Jun 2017, 22:25 by Webmaster Alqamar

Very thrilled to report that 3 of our students did excellently in the recently concluded Global Math Challenge from Sony Education, Japan. MashaAllah.

Aathif Ahmed of Grade 7 won a Silver Prize and was ranked among the top 5% of the participants.

Ameeth Ahmed, Grade 5 & Hanan Samsudeen, Grade 4 won the Bronze prizes, ranking them in the top 20% of the participants.

Congratulations, kids, on your superb results.

More on the Global Math Challenge - https://demo.global-math.com/about_contest

Al Qamar classroom featured in How We Montessori

posted 30 May 2017, 01:22 by Webmaster Alqamar

Thanks "How We Montessori" for featuring Al Qamar's Elementary classroom in their round up of Montessori environments around the world! 

http://www.howwemontessori.com/how-we-montessori/2017/02/montessori-classrooms-around-the-world-switzerland-and-.html

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