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Manish Jain, Jyothi Krishnan and Ashutosh Bhakuni (Centre for Creative learning)
10:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday, 04 December 2023
ICTS, Bengaluru

Join us for a day of making the Geodesic Dome at ICTS followed by talks on Enigma machine and other related science toys and machines, led by a team from  CCL IIT Gandhinagar.

Center for Creative Learning (CCL) at IIT Gandhinagar focuses on hands-on experimental STEM-education through toys and models and will share interesting models such as the Enigma machine. CCL has developed and curated about 700 toys and models, worked with thousands of teachers and students, created STEM kits, and produced online programs with over 5L registered users.

About the Speakers: 

Manish Jain

Manish spends most of his time investigating the science behind simple (and complex) toys and is passionate about sharing his insights and excitement with people. He is a Teaching Professor at IIT Gandhinagar, and heads CCL whose goal is to bring back the gleam in the eyes of students and children. Before founding CCL, Manish worked at IUCAA’s Science Centre in Pune with Arvind Gupta (fellow IITK alum and a Padma Shri awardee). In his previous avatar, he spent 19 years in the area of chip design at Synopsys (Bangalore & Mountain View), serving as a Director R&D. Manish has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Kanpur (1993) and has also finished a few courses at Stanford University.

Jyothi Krishnan

Jyothi grew up solving puzzles and reading Martin Gardner’s books. Not realising that recreational mathematics provided any scope for a career, she pursued her other love of mechanics and collected a BTech from NIT Calicut, an MS from IIT Madras and a PhD from UC Berkeley. She has worked as a programmer, a bridge engineer, a research mathematician and a school teacher. Having been introduced to the world of modern board games during her PhD, she realised that it was a way to make fairly complicated mathematical reasoning accessible to a large number of children so she created a job playing games with kids in an alternative school in Bangalore. After running her game lab for 4 years she discovered like-minded people at CCL where she is thrilled to be making a living playing games and solving puzzles. At CCL she creates games and looks after math content.

Ashutosh Bhakuni

Ashutosh did his Computer Engineering BTech from G B Pant University Pantnagar, Uttarakhand, and his Master's in Social Entrepreneurship from TISS Mumbai. During his Masters, he undertook a community project in a remote village in Almora district Uttarakhand where he ran an after-school learning centre for children. After graduation, he worked as a Resource Person for Outreach and as a teacher at Brilliant Stars School, Tripura. He then worked as a Science Content Developer and trainer at Pratham Education Foundation. He has also independently conducted several Science workshops for children and loves aeromodelling. At CCL he explores interesting toys and activities in Physics and facilitates teacher workshops.


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