Mozilla Web Literacy workshop at Darbar College

Almost a year ago, Mr.Praveen, an assistant professor at Darbar college reached out to me to guide his students to contribute to Mozilla. We did the very first Mozilla event in the whole of Bijapur last year.

It was amazing to receive an invite from Darbar college for the second time to conduct a follow-up workshop. The best part was to see the contributors grow in such a short span of time.

Some observations over time

  • Students had more awareness about Mozilla, what we do for web literacy, about Firefox being open source and even some of the contribution pathways.
  • The teachers and management was more welcoming because of the leadership opportunity they see in associating with such workshops.
  • For them , this is also an opportunity to add this to their showcase of events during admissions. Events like this give them an edge over other colleges in the city.
  • Mr.Praveen, the assistant professor who’s our point of contact from the college, is now doing a research paper including Mozilla Firefox in his test cases on  open source.
  • He is also working hard in spreading the adoption of open source and volunteers his time educating his colleagues on various internet related issues.

The session started at around 10 am with a quick overview about what happened during last year’s session(for the students attending this for the first time). The entire session was divided into two parts

  1. A brief idea about Mozilla, MLN and Mozilla Clubs.
  2. Prototyping and presenting teaching activities.

During the first session, we discussed about various topics trending on the internet such as privacy, surveillance and sharing personal data on the internet like Apple vs FBI, FreeBasics etc. The students agreed that there are lot of issues they are ignorant about, but need to build better awareness so that they can be vocal about these.

During the second half, we started prototyping and presenting concepts in a fun manner. The idea was to explain about technology and computer related topics in a fun and participatory manner to a 5th grade student.

Absolutely loved the energy in the entire room when they started ideating. I’ve tried to capture some of the ideas generated out of these sesssions below.

  1. Team 1:
    Members: Shanwaz, Vaibhavlaxmi, Sujuta, Ashwini, Sushma
    Idea:
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    The team explained the basic idea of networking along with the types (LAN, MAN, WAN) with the help of people standing inside a circle.
    First, they formed a small circle with a PC who would be inside the circle. This mean the PC is in the Local Area Network. After this, the PC moves out of the circle demonstrating that it’s no longer a part of the LAN. The circle then extends to form the MAN and the similar excercise is carried out to show WAN. This was a quick and easy way to show the different types of networks as well as the concept of networking to a 5th grade students.
  2. Team 2:
    Members: Pradeep, Anand, Vinod, Riyan, Madesh, Siddarth, Karthick and Manju

     

    Idea:
    A skit on ordering a custom assembled PC online.<a data-flickr-embed=”true”  href=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/116230719@N08/28259755122/in/album-72157670469998381/&#8221; title=”DSC_6414″><img src=”https://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8699/28259755122_0d4e4c323b_c.jpg&#8221; width=”800″ height=”534″ alt=”DSC_6414″></a>//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

    Details:
    The team did a short skit on a website where you can order a custom PC with your own configuration and the process behind it. Everyone is aware that assembled PC’s are expensive. This offers a platform to order custom built versions. They demonstrated this by showing different students as different components like- PC, website, monitor, CPU, keyboard etc. in a very funny and interactive manner. Especially loved the way they showed Google loading the search results.

  3. Team 3:
    Members:Akshata, Rohini, Asharani, Jyoti, Pooja
    Idea:
    A skit on the contrast between an internet enabled teaching environment and one without internet.<a data-flickr-embed=”true”  href=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/116230719@N08/27747610813/in/album-72157670469998381/&#8221; title=”DSC_6416″><img src=”https://c6.staticflickr.com/9/8657/27747610813_ddf5e54003_c.jpg&#8221; width=”800″ height=”534″ alt=”DSC_6416″></a>//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

    Details:
    The team did a skit in a government school setup with a teacher and two students. The teacher explains the students about the various generations of computers and the students ask questions on how it looks, why is it called that etc. This is when the teacher with internet enabled smart phones comes to the class and teaches her colleague to use the internet on her smart phone and that too in her local language. This impacted the students in a large way and they were now able to understand much better.

  4. Team 4:
    Members: Nasira, Amruta, Shreya, Arun, Pradeep, Akash, Varun, Shashikani
    Idea:
    A skit on how Online Shopping works.<a data-flickr-embed=”true”  href=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/116230719@N08/27747597784/in/album-72157670469998381/&#8221; title=”DSC_6419″><img src=”https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8598/27747597784_db851b6c2d_c.jpg&#8221; width=”800″ height=”534″ alt=”DSC_6419″></a>//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

    Details:
    The team did a skit on how online shopping works. Right from the placing of order, to dispatching the same by the courier service. They also showed the availability or returning an order. This is used by ecommerce services like Amazon, Flipkart etc.

  5. Team 5:
    Members: Mahadev, Vishwanath , Akash , Anand , Varunkumar , Vishal, Ravikiran
    Idea:
    A detailed explanation on what happens during software installation.<a data-flickr-embed=”true”  href=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/116230719@N08/27747546123/in/album-72157670469998381/&#8221; title=”DSC_6420″><img src=”https://c4.staticflickr.com/9/8636/27747546123_b3e909e528_c.jpg&#8221; width=”800″ height=”534″ alt=”DSC_6420″></a>//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

    Details:
    This team gave a detailed step by step process of installing a software. From browsing, to installing to setup to packaged installer to admin permissions to files in the registry.

    Press Report:

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    My day in Bijapur:

    Flickr link

Mozilla Learning Networks

As I was writing my previous blogpost and checking out images from the Whistler Work week, I came across this one:
Mozilla learning Networks
I thought to add this in my previous post, but then I figured this is more important and needs a blogpost for itself.
If you’re reading this, you probably know that there’s been a lot going on with Mozilla Webmaker. Mozilla Webmaker previously acted as an important entry point to Mozilla contribution. The Webmaker project aimed at imparting Web literacy and education in a very hands on and participatory way. But the vision for this was is really huge! Like SUPER HUGE(in terms of Potential and Impact)!

This very much relates to Mark Surman’s blogpost on Mozilla Academy.

“Okay, cool! So what’s all this about? What is the end goal?”

All efforts of the Mozilla Learning Networks team funnels into the end goal of Universal Web Literacy.

So let’s dig deeper into the Mozilla Learning by splitting this into 3:

  1. Networks
  2. Groups
  3. Convening

1.Networks:

Hive is an example of a Learning Network. It’s a constellation of communities around the globe that are championing digital skills and web literacy through connected learning.
It’s a peer to peer professional development network.
It catalyzes innovation through:

  • Curriculum
  • Practices
  • Projects
  • Collaboration
  • Funding


2. Groups:

A Mozilla Club is an example of a group. A Mozilla Club meets in person regularly to learn how to Read, Write and Participate on the Web through informal participatory activities & peer to peer mentorship. Interested in running a club? Sign up here.

We activate Regional Coordinators to recruit and support Club captains to successfully run their clubs.

3. Convenings:

There’s no explanation required here to say that Mozilla Festival is the biggest convening of educators, makers, hackers and technology enthusiasts. Mozilla Festival this year is from the 6th-8th of November.
It’s a platform and opportunity to network. It’s a converging of network leaders motivating educators to become regional leaders.

Maker Party(July 15-31,2015):
Maker Party serves learning by connecting with Mozilla Learning Network. Working with clubs by conducting learning events to identify and promote leadership and spreading Universal Web Literacy.

Interested in learning more about Mozilla Learning? Follow the wiki and watch the video below:

Webmaker at Dayananda Sagar College of Engineering

Having reached Bangalore on 30th (March) morning from Kannur, I must say that sleep was something that I yearned. But no! The mind and body wanted two different things, so the body finally compromised with coffee. Got to the office at around 10:30 am to notice that there was no one inside. Opened it myself and started working on the slides for the event(yes, just few hours before the event because that’s the way I roll). As I was preparing the slides, I dropped a text asking Sagar and Sam (the super hero event organizers) what time I should be starting  from my office. I also had another Mozillian co-speaker, Shivika, who was supposed to reach on the venue since she was co-presenting. Status check with her and I figured that she already boarded the train.

The traffic sure decided to mess things but having taken their advice, I was wise enough to leave early just to reach there by 1:30 PM. Sagar accompanied me inside the venue and showed me around the college. Felt good to be back to college(like a real college COLLEGE). Little later, Shivika had arrived and we soon started off with the sessions.

Event poster
Kicking off with an introduction Mozilla, the manifesto and why we volunteer for Mozilla. This was followed by an interactive spectrogram(Hell yeah, because I love doing that).
Protip: Post lunch sessions are difficult for students. They tend to fall asleep even if the topic if really interesting and it’s upto the speaker to capture their interest.
Disclaimer: I can go to any extent to prevent you from falling asleep during a session that’s scheduled post lunch.

Talking about why I contribute to Mozilla and specifically to the Webmaker project was something that I loved doing(and hope the students liked it too, atleast they pretended to have :D). I contribute to Webmaker to #Teachtheweb because I believe that not everyone has the “luxury” to know how the web works. I believe this should be considered as a necessity, and not Luxury! Create more clubs in regions in your reach. Let the movement spread across the city, country and world. Empower regional leaders and create an impact which is evident to the educators, who in turn shape the curriculum for the future. Push them to feel that Web literacy should be a part of the educational curriculum in the country.

If you’re looking to read more about the event in detail, I’d save myself the pains of taking it from deep inside my highly unorganized memory(that’s what happens when you blog 3 months post the event date) and link you to two awesome blogposts.

  • Shivika, my co-speaker, blogged about her experience of the event. You can read it here.
  • Sam, one of the organizers wrote about the event here.

Photo with my co speaker and the event organizers

#MozLove to the wonderful organizers Sagar & Sam for the hospitality at DSCE and to Shivika for giving that wonderful talk on WoMoz, challenges faced by women in tech and how to contribute to Mozilla.

 

[Day 1]Makerparty Chennai-Train the Trainer event

13th September, 2014-Train the Trainer event.

I woke up early in the morning at around 5 am! Partially due to the fear of something going wrong at the event and also due to the excitement. I remember lying down on the bed the previous night and on 13th morning I wake up noticing that I’ve got a laptop near my bed with the Makerparty slides just under construction! I somehow managed to complete it before we started to MIT. We had a lot of swags and banners, so we had to go in a cab, in which it was easy to manage and work on the slides final design.

As soon as we reached MIT, we had the organizations coming in one after the other. As soon as everyone reached, we started the session.

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I started the session with an introduction about Mozilla, Webmaker and Hive.

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I then told them about the Hive events in the past, including the one that happened last week in Pune.

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Below given is the presentation that I’ve used.

Once this was done, the station super mentors were requested to come to the stage and give a brief about their station to the volunteers so that those interested in helping the particular station, may do so.

This was started by Jeyanthan and Muthu from Google Developers Group, Chennai. Jey told us about the GDG stations and talks like App Inventor, Google glass, Google Cardboad and Material design.

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Muthu told us about Android Wear and smart watch.

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After this, we had Mr.Pavanaja, from CIS to talk about contributing to Wikipedia. He told us about the importance of language and the reasons why we should spread the awareness about it to sustain cultural and linguistic diversity.

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This was followed by a session on Game Design and development by Cerlyn, Arun and Varun. They told us that the game design station would be split into three phases- Concept, Design and Code, where the attendees could give suggestions for a game and at the end of the day they would choose one game idea and develop it into a game and give credits to the person.

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Next we had Achyuth and Shashank taking care of the Webmaker station for Mozilla. They gave us insights on the different tools in Webmaker and the importance of Web literacy.

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After this, we had Nikil, from the Appmaker station by Mozilla, on the stage. He was also handling Firefox OS with many devices to display.

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We then had Greema, from the Vibrant Hue station, to talk about the Art station. She told us a lot about the significance of colours by pointing out the designs and patterns on our dress.

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Next, we had Damini, Satya and Jerald from the FSA station for Mozilla. The FSA station was an experimental station that we came up with, in order to follow up with the participants who would be interested in contributing to Mozilla after the Makerparty.
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Then we had Surendranath Reddy from Redd robotics, to brief us about the hardware stations like 3D printing, Arduino, Augmented Reality, MindBot etc.

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We then heard from the Null community on how you can stay safe on the internet, about user privacy, hacking, malwares and network protocols.

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Lastly, we had Himanshu, telling us about his Chain reaction station, which was based on Goldbergs machine used for printing.

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After all the sessions were done, we had volunteers pick the stations they are interested in. We then had lunch.

Post lunch, we had breakout sessions where these volunteers interacted with their station super mentors to discuss their plan of action for the next day.

Wikimedians busy editing the wiki and making it better for us:

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Null hackers and security enthusiasts hacking their way:

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Game designers developing games:

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Our awesome Google Developers community discussing on how they can plan for their sessions:
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The Chain reaction team were quick to start work with their volunteers as soon as the talking was done.
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All the teams were done with their discussions and everyone dispersed. The organizers and the Chain reaction team stood back to set things at the venue and to decorate it. The stalls were set up and the chain reaction machine was tested to perfection despite flaws.

Tired, exhausted, sleepy-everyone went back with much hopes and expectations for the big day!

Hate reading but love checking out pics? Check out our collection on Flickr:
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BroMoz Makerparty

After the super awesome WoMoz Makerparty conducted at Sathyabama University, only for girls, the boys went came and asked us to conduct an event for them. “Why should Girls have all the fun!?” was their question.
We agreed to conduct the event even though it was on such a short notice. This gave rise to the BroMoz maker party-Brothers in Mozilla 😀
I must admit I was reminded of Barney when we decided to name it BroMoz.

Since college was coming to an end, even though we were busy with record submissions and practicals, I gathered my team and we were up and prepared for the event.

On 27th March, Thursday, the volunteers from IInd year-Franklin, Navdeep and Subash arranged for the registrations which were limited to 60 at the max.

They got the names of the students and the session started at 1:00pm in the Digital Library.

I asked the students whether anyone had attended any of our previous Mozilla Events before. We got a few hands up.
After that, I asked these students to explain to their friends about their understanding of what Mozilla is, as an organization. I was really proud to see them explaining so well about Non profit and sharing knowledge and volunteer community. I was proud that I was successful in spreading the word during my events.
I told them about the Mozilla Community and general functioning of Open Source.

I also told them about Persona and it’s uses, so that they could use it to save and publish their makes.

The next session was taken by Achyuth and Shashank who explained them about Webmaker tools.

When we interacted with them, we found out that they were more interested in doing things rather than listening about the tools, so we told them in advance that since the time is very less(the session was from 1pm to 3:40pm), we had to go quick in order to cover all the three tools. But fear not! For we had our super awesome webmakers to the rescue!

  • Achyuth
  • Shashank
  • Nikhil
  • Franklin
  • Navdeep
  • Subash



We also had the WoMoz team lead, Damini, and WoMoz volunteer- Monika, to help out so that they could assist the boys if they had trouble using the webmaker tools.

We started with X-Ray goggles, since it’s one of the tools that is very less time consuming and extremely easy to understand.

Students had a good time playing around and creating a lot of fun stuff using X Ray Goggles.

We then moved on to Thimble. We gave them the general theme as Meme making since Internet meme’s and trolls were widely popular in here.
Results were some hilarious and creative makes!
We saw multiple makes in thimble from some students who were really interested.

Last session was about Popcorn. Everyone had a great time using Popcorn maker.
Though initially some had a tough time understanding the concept of different Layers in popcorn, I explained them in detail about the need of Layers.

Achyuth, Shashank and Nikhil walked around and helped everyone with their doubts and troubles with saving their makes.

In the end, we had our WoMoz team judging the makes and 3 were chosen among the best, though they had a tough time judging the 100+ makes by these students in the limited time.

Finally three winners were chosen.



We gave away Mozilla swags to the winners.
And no, we never forget to have our share of fun.
Here is #thedaminipose by us:

Links to awesome makes from the event[WARING-A lot]:https://etherpad.mozilla.org/bromozwebmakerparty

Event flickr link: here
and here

Hive Vizag

Hive Vizag Day 1:

I started from Chennai on 5th evening at 5pm. The bus departed 15 minutes late from Chennai. I was told that the bus would reach Vizag at around 8 am on 6th. The journey was pretty good but tiring. On reaching Vizag, I called Rajath, one of the point of contact that Vikas had arranged. He told me the name of the hotel as Royal Fort.
I got an auto from the bus stop and reached Royal fort. On reaching, I saw a guy sitting on the sofa near the reception wearing a Mozilla tee.
As I told my name to the reception, they told me my room number and also that the guy sitting there was my room mate.
I got introduced to him. He was Santosh Viswanatham, an FSA from Hyderabad. It later struck me that he had organized the App Days at Sreenidhi College recently.
I asked him if he was waiting for someone. He told me that Vineel had asked him to wait in the reception. He accompanied me to our room. We were discussing about how we contribute to Mozilla and I learnt that he was an App Developer for Firefox OS. I told him that I’m more into Community outreach, SuMo and that I’m a Webmaker Mentor and also initated KidZilla.
We realized that Gauthamraj and Ankit were in the same hotel, but since we did not have their contact numbers or know their room number, we couldn’t meet them. Later, Santosh got in touch with Gautham who told him that they were in a room on the same floor as ours. He went in to meet them while I took a shower. Later, I joined them. Gautham greeted me with a really awesome news that my video was chosen as the “Video of the month”! I was overjoyed to hear this!
We had some chit chat and later we got a call from the reception saying that Vikas and Vineel were in the reception waiting for us to join them for breakfast. We met them too and had breakfast. At around 10:40 am, we started off to Gitam University in the cab.
We were also joined by Pratheesh[Robo Inventions] and Surendranath Reddy[Redd Robotics]. It was really great meeting these two. Quadcopters and 3D printers are always a crowd puller where ever they go.

The view on the road was great with the Ghats on the left and the sea to the right. Vizag sure did get our liking for that!
The university was quite big. We were taken to the workspace of the GUSAC team. The place looked great and there were students working everywhere in keeping the pre-Hive spirits.

I was amazed at the way Vikas and his team were arranging and organizing things there. The amount of effort they had taken for Hive was really showing. Vineel, Ankit and Gautham started on planning how things should begin.

It was a “Train the trainers” session.
We were later taken to the auditorium where the event was to happen. We had all the volunteers and mentors of each station to assemble there. Vikas introduced Vineel, Gautham, Ankit, Santosh and myself.
We were given the ID’s that read “Super Mentors”. It was a really proud moment for us!

Ankit started with an ice breaking session. It was a spectrogram. He asked questions like “Is privacy important at all times. Does it really matter if some things were looked over”, “Is Open Source the best option at all times in every situation”. Interesting were the replies from the students and the session went really good. The last question he came up with was ” Do you think this Hive Vizag is gonna be the best Hive event ever!?” We had an amazing and enthusiastic reply for the same!
After this, we had a short lunch break after which the sessions resumed.

Later, Ankit started his presentation about the concept of Hive. It also had a video on the Mission of Mozilla.
The slides contained pictures from various Hive events across the world and it really motivated everyone.

After that, he told the students to get into their groups, sit with volunteers and discuss about what they were going to do in each station. Any random member from the team was to come and explain and answer three questions:

  • What is your station about?
  • What do you plan to do?
  • One thing you would like to take away

We had volunteers from all stations come up to the stage and answer these three questions.

After all this, we showed them something really special. It was video from Mark Surman wishing us all the very best with Hive Vizag. He also expressed his sadness in not being able to attend the event in person.
It was a really important and big video for all of us.

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The volunteers and mentors were then given their ID cards and the Hive t shirts were distributed.
After this, the students began sticking the posters. I was amazed when Vikas told me that they had worked about over a month to complete 100+ posters. I took time in reading and snapping all the posters I could find. It was great! The time, effort and creativity portrayed in each one of them.

After this was done, we had a few trial makes with the 3D printer. It was really facinating to actually see it in action. It was the first time that I had seen a 3D printer for real. The little boy in me came out! In no time, I was hooked to it and began playing with the 3D models that Surendranath Reddy had made.

It was a long day. We all went back to the hotel and had dinner.

Everyone equally excited about the big day next day!

Hive Day #2

Me and Santosh woke up at around 6:30 am the next day. We were really excited about Hive. We got ready at around 7:30 am and Vineel and the rest of the team joined us for breakfast. Over to the other table we noticed a team of people and they had “KiDiHOU” printed on their t shirt. We knew that they were also coming for Hive Vizag.
Post breakfast, we got introduced to each other and we learnt that they are a Children’s learing museum based in Hyderabad. Got a lot to know about what KiDiHOU aims at.

We reached Gitam to see the Hive everywhere! The venue was filled with a lot of people with Orange colour Hive T shirts.Everyone working hard to set up the station and make the arrangements from decoration to setting it up.

While playing with the Android controlled Car, I met Galaxy.
Someone whom I really wanted to meet after hearing his name 😀
TOTALLY WORTH IT! #crazy

In total, there were 22 stations. Each one had their mentors and the volunteers.
Here are the links to the events:http://makerparty.hivevizag.org/
Below is a walkthrough video to the stalls.

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Though all the stations were amazing, something that I was really interested was the Stop Motion Animation as well as the sound editing.
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I really like the Python and Arduino station too. It was really informative and opened new doors to the endless possibilities.
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The Silk Screen Bandana and Hack the T shirt were really creative.
I was awestruck at the wonderful things they created at the Origami station. The amount of patience required to make something is great.

I looked into the Webmaker stations. There were some fascinating questions and doubts from the mentors. One asked me as to why Popcorn maker was dynamic and I told them about the flickr photostream that gets updated when we insert into the existing photostream. I also got to learn new techniques from them too. One of the webmakers asked me during the discussions as to what is the major difference between w3schools and thimble if both are HTML editors. I told them about the Open source concepts as well as the instant output which is shown in thimble. Also the major advantage of being able to share the makes in thimble. The satisfaction of having spread atleast some amount of knowledge was great.

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Om, from the Python programming station, approached me saying that there were some students from a nearby college wanting to start a Firefox Club in their college. I was really happy to meet them. I told them all about Mozilla, FSA’s and Firefox Clubs. I also gave them my mail id and told them to contact me whenever they need.

It was soon time for the Quadcopter flight. We saw Pratheesh in action with the amazing Quadcopter. Seeing a quadcopter in real was something extraordinary!

When we came back , we had a Redd Robotics showdown with 3d makes.

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A little while later, we saw the Mascot Fox come up into the venue! Everyone were really excited to see the mascot! All had a lot of fun with the fox and showered it with love.

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We even had a Foxy dance!


Hive Vizag was truly one of a kind experience!
Truly, Explore+Create+Share

More photos on flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/116230719@N08/sets/72157642151878314/

KidZilla 1.2 at St Joseph’s High School,Khammam

On 22nd February 2014, we the Mozillians from Sathyabama Firefox Club, went to St.Joseph’s High School in Khammam as a part of our KidZilla initiative. We were all really excited after the grand success of our previous event.
Though really tired after the event at SRM, we managed to get our spirits high and from Chennai to Khammam.
Our train was at around 7 in the evening on 21st.
The team:

  • Damini- Our very active WoMoz from the region
  • Shashank- Webmaker enthusiast
  • Achyuth- Webmaker enthusiast
  • Satya- Firefox OS geek
  • Nikhil- Firefox OS geek
  • Jerald- Teachtheweb enthusiast and the “shooter”

We reached Khammam at around 3:30 am in the morning, rushed along to the Hotel to get some quality sleep.

On 22nd Morning, at around 9 am, we reached the school.

The team walking towards the school.

We received a warm welcome from the senior staffs in the school.

Since we had a really tight schedule, we had to start off with the event almost immediately. We were surprised to see that the students were already made to assemble in the auditorium and were waiting for the session.

Ms.Roselin requested the students to pray before the event, as is customary in the school.

After the prayer, she started off by introducing Nikhil, an alumni of the school.

She then welcomed each one of us on to the stage and told about the session to the students. I started off the session by asking thanking Ms.Roselin.

I was really amazed seeing the number of kids in front of me who were really attentive and interested to hear more. I was to find out that there were about 300+ students in the auditorium at that moment.
We planned to conduct it in two phases;
One common session for all the 300 students about the basics of computing and then a classroom session for 7th and 8th grade separately so that we could give more attention and teach them in a better way.

I asked them some basic questions about Computers so that we could decide on how to approach the students and what could be taught to them. The crowd consisted of students from 7th and 8th grade.
We had already gone through their Computer Textbook to see their present syllabus.

Some of the main questions that I focused on were:

  • What is a Computer?

Uses of a computer-Components of a Computer-Hardware & Software-Input devices-Output devices

  • What is an Operating System?

Types of Operating System-Open Source where you could modify the software and it’s functionality.

The students were really enthusiastic in answering the questions.

When they saw us giving swags and goodies to the active ones, they were more and more interested in interacting with us and answering our questions.

We had a lot of girls among the attendees and that made our WoMoz-Damini, very happy.

Initially, only the boys were answering the questions and were interacting, but soon, after a bit of motivation, even the girls came up to interact and give some wonderful answers and get goodies.

The session was really interactive with the students asking us a lot of questions.
They asked me about the Firefox logo on my Tshirt and stuffs.

The second session was taken by Achyuth.

Some of the topics that he covered were:

  • What is Internet?

Uses-Educational purposes-How it works

  • What is a Network?

Different types of network-LAN-MAN-WAN

How different websites work.
He asked the students various questions including how data is fetched from the internet when we search something on Google.

The last common session was taken by Damini.
The topics she covered were:

  • How to access the internet?

What are web browsers-what are webpages-different types of web browsers- Firefox

  • Why use firefox and we are from Mozilla

Due to lack of time, we had to end the common session and proceed with the separate session in the classrooms.

In the classroom sessions, we initially started off with 7th grade and then moved on to 8th.
We had 3 classrooms allotted in each 7th and 8th,and the team split into groups of 2 and went to each class.

In the classroom session, we asked the students about HTML.
We came to know that they did not know anything about HTML apart from the definition. We moved on to teach them HTML from the basics-right from the tags, to changing background colour of a webpage.


Once the got the concepts of HTML and webpages, we told them about Webmaking and the different tools of webmaker like Popcorn, Thimble and X Ray Goggles.


The kids were amazed seeing the wonderful things X Ray Goggles could do.

We also had a small session on Paper prototyping.

After the classroom session, we all departed for lunch. It was session for students from 7th and 8th grade. So they left the school after our session. They told us that they really enjoyed the session.
The kids asked us for our autographs and also our Facebook id’s.
It was a bit emotional when they asked us “Can you come again?”.

Post lunch, we had a 45 minutes session for the students of 9th grade. The students had exam in the morning and came in the afternoon to attend our session.

Since it was a fairly shot session, we covered the basics of HTML and told them more about Mozilla and Firefox.

We also told them about Firefox OS on mobile phones.

Session for teachers:
Our visit to the school had a very strong purpose this time. It was to initiate a Webmaker School Club.
Having had several discussions with Emma Irwin, an awesome Mozillian who initiated Webmaker School Club concept, we found ways to collaborate KidZilla and Webmaker School Club in a way that KidZilla would be a one day session on basics of webmaking and it’s importance. If the school likes the concept, they could initiate a Webmaker School Club in their school. This would be supported by local Mozillians or computer enthusiasts who are interested in helping with this initiative.

For starting something like this, we found it necessary to educate the teachers about the importance of such an initiative.
Here is a Popcorn make about the entire session for the teachers:
https://dunebuggie.makes.org/popcorn/1sko
Alternate link on youtube:

Here is a feedback by the teachers about our initative:

Here is the agenda for the teachers session:

We would like to thank St.Joseph’s High School for inviting us to conduct an event and also for being interested in starting a Webmaker School Club.

The team would also like to thank Nikhil for arranging everything from the logistics to the transportation and accommodation.

It would be incomplete if a team does not thank Shashank, Shashank’s mom for arranging such varieties of wonderful and delicious food and allowing the team to stay at home. 😛

I would like to thank all the Mozillians who contacted me or the team to volunteer for KidZilla or to start an initiative as such in their school.
We’re currently working on a structure that could facilitate the expansion of KidZilla and Webmaker School Clubs.
Please watch out for more updates.
If you’re impatient like me, don’t hesitate to contact me at: shreyaskutty@computer.org

Event link on reps portal: https://reps.mozilla.org/e/kidzilla-1-2-at-st-josephs-high-school-khammam/
Flickr link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/116230719@N08/sets/72157641462885663/

PS: I miss Flash 😥