The task set forth for the interaction groups this time is to design
and eventually build a Sundial. For this event ahead as part of
Falmouth College of Art's Arts for All, there will be school children
(in the age group of 9-10) from Cornwall's St.Mary's Primary School
along with FCA's design students who will interact with school-children
(in the same age group) from a school here (Udayachal school, Mumbai)
assisted by design and engineering students from IIT, Bombay to
work towards accomplishing the given task (of designing and building
On Friday, the 12th of March (around 5:00pm IST which will be 11:30
GMT for UK) we will begin with an online "project-introduction"
session over the computers, fax and email between the kids from
UK and India, as well as between the students from FCA and IIT,Bby.
The idea will be to get the children to introduce themselves along
with facets about their countries to their counterparts from the
UK. The kids will get to see as well as speak and write to their
counterparts from the UK through computer-mediated cameras and software.
I need to mention here that part of our project-challenge includes
having to device interfaces that will foreclose the need for the
children to have to undertake any prior computer training, except
for a briefing from us before the start of the online session. This
will be followed by a few brief sessions across the week with the
children working and sharing ideas with the older design and engineering
students about the sundial. At the end, through the assimilation
and exchange of these ideas between India and the UK, an actual
life-sized Sundial will be constructed in future in the UK, and
given fund-availability one in India as well.