By Digital Empowerment Foundation
Published on: April 18, 2023
Makerspace in Puducherry continues to be a vibrant space housing creative ways of learning as children find the space welcoming to educate themselves freely with no age bound or concept bound limitations. The place continues to fascinate young children and adults.
True education happens when fresh minds are given the space to experiment and explore various aspects of living. A child learns a lot more by seeing and doing rather than hearing and reading. Makerspace is intended for children to do this in the best of their capacity with support in terms of resources and guidance. Irrespective of the background that the children come from, having a makerspace of this kind retains and nurtures the inherent quality of self directed learning.
Yohnas is a 13-year-old boy residing in Puducherry. He studies in a Government School. Yohnas visited DEF Center in Puducherry with his father. Yohnas was fascinated by the place and wanted to participate in the Digital Literacy and STEAM learning program supported by Accenture and implemented by DEF. Initially, he planned to visit only on weekends, but as he began to learn more, he started coming every day after school. He even inspired some of his classmates to visit the makerspace with him.
Yohnas spends his time at the makerspace learning about software, computer applications, and researching technology. He also chooses science experiments to conduct on his own and regularly experiments with them. This has helped his friends also to conduct simple science experiments as a team. On Saturdays, Yohnas spends the entire day at the makerspace engaging in various activities such as farming, learning about trees, and working on improving his language skills. His goal is to become an entrepreneur.