A busy day of learning Today, we had a lot of things planned out. Wiard, Jari and myself had each prepared a part of the day to do some activities with the children at the school. But first, we started the day with some breakfast with eggs, tomatoes and porrich. After this it was Wiard's turn to work with the children. They were going to build mooncars. Wiard had brought some planks, some wheels and some other materials and tools. The children used a saw to cut the frame for their car out of planks. They worked in groups.
After this they took the two pieces of frame and drilled two holes in each of the to put in the stick that would hold the wheels. Then they put on the wheels and used batteries and wires to make the cars drive. After they were done they painted the cars in bright colours.
Some of the children even made a little solar panel and got it to give power to some lamps. They had great fun learning it all and it was amazing to see.
After coffee, Jari had set up a computer to show the children a game and have them play it in turns to see how a computer works. The game we played was Minecraft, which happens to be one of my favourite games, so I tried to teach the children how to navigate in the game. This was still quite a challenge, because most of them didn't really know how to use the mouse and the keyboard, and the idea of walking around in a virtual world seemed to be very abstract for them. But they picked it up quite quickly, and even though most of the children were quite shy to use the computer at first, you could tell they were having fun.
After this all, we had lunch, and then it was my turn to do what I had planned. I brought two big white tablecloths from home and a bunch of paint. We were going to paint the hands of the children, so they could put there handprints on the tablecloths. Some of the teachers helped with the painting, and all the children were very excited. They could all pick the colour they liked most, and after their hands were painted they went to put there handprints on the tablecloths. They had a lot of fun with that and John put his handprint on it as well. He was very excited about it and said about it; "It made me see that everyone can contribute to the beauty of the world, no matter how old or big you are or where you come from." It was a great day today and everyone learned a lot, both the children and us. We are very excited to see what we can do more.