MIX 2011- Learning is Fun

Following the phenomenal success of the Inter-School event over the previous years, Inventure Academy held its 4th edition of (M.I.X.) Multiple Intelligences Xplored in November 4th and 5th at the Inventure campus on Whitefield Sarjapur Road. Nooraine Fazal, Co-Founder, Managing Trustee & CEO, Inventure Academy adds, “MIX has grown to become a much anticipated event among Bangalore’s schools year after year. Participation has also steadily increased over the years with a record number of schools signing up this year.”

M.I.X. is an event based on Howard Gardner’s educational theory of Multiple Intelligences (MI), which recognizes that people are smart or intelligent in different ways.

This theory enables us to identify children’s varied strengths among these intelligences, in order to stimulate and enhance learning according to their individual styles. Recognizing this will have a positive impact on a child’s self esteem and encourage excellence inside and outside the classroom – something we all as educators aspire for irrespective of which school / board we belong to.

Specially designed by leading educationists and professionals, M.I.X. gave students a chance to evoke and showcase their Multiple Intelligences. It will also recognize and reward their abilities across eight of the intelligences.

Given the need for more sustainable development, one of the key focuses for Inventure’s signature event this year was on the environment with a focus on diverse activities. The event was designed to test the students’ ability to come up with creative solutions on wider world issues and scientific problems, to express a given theme through the medium of art, dance, music and puppetry, to construct working and viable models out of recycled material, and above all – to be able to work cohesively with other members across age groups. In addition there was a unique challenge titled ‘The Amazing Race’ which tested the environmental quotient of the participants.

Following the phenomenal success of the Inter-School event over the previous years, Inventure Academy held its 4th edition of (M.I.X.) Multiple Intelligences Xplored in November 4th and 5th at the Inventure campus on Whitefield Sarjapur Road. Nooraine Fazal, Co-Founder, Managing Trustee & CEO, Inventure Academy adds, “MIX has grown to become a much anticipated event among Bangalore’s schools year after year. Participation has also steadily increased over the years with a record number of schools signing up this year.”

M.I.X. is an event based on Howard Gardner’s educational theory of Multiple Intelligences (MI), which recognizes that people are smart or intelligent in different ways.

This theory enables us to identify children’s varied strengths among these intelligences, in order to stimulate and enhance learning according to their individual styles. Recognizing this will have a positive impact on a child’s self esteem and encourage excellence inside and outside the classroom – something we all as educators aspire for irrespective of which school / board we belong to.

Specially designed by leading educationists and professionals, M.I.X. will give students a chance to evoke and showcase their Multiple Intelligences. It will also recognize and reward their abilities across eight of the intelligences.

Given the need for more sustainable development, one of the key focuses for Inventure’s signature event this year was on the environment with a focus on diverse activities. The event was designed to test the students’ ability to come up with creative solutions on wider world issues and scientific problems, to express a given theme through the medium of art, dance, music and puppetry, to construct working and viable models out of recycled material, and above all – to be able to work cohesively with other members across age groups. In addition there was a unique challenge titled ‘The Amazing Race’ which tested the environmental quotient of the participants.

Student’s Perspectives

M. I. X. is an event that gets everyone running around, from what I heard. Not only heard, but also experienced. This was my first experience of volunteering for MIX. I was assigned as the person in charge of creative sparks. It took a great effort on my part to make the event a success, but it would not have been possible without a co- operative team full of team spirit and enthusiasm.

Talking about the two days in detail, they were a exhausting and I was in a state of panic. On day one, I was nervous, very nervous, because I had no idea about what it would be like and whether I would be able to keep up with all the expectations from the teachers who had put me in charge. We had around 10 volunteers, half of them were not to be found most of the time. We managed with the rest. It was a very tiring first day for all of us.

We were really depressed thinking the next day would be worse as there were comparatively more activities, but, surprisingly enough, thanks to my awesome new team, we finished our work right in the morning and enjoyed the rest of the day going for tattoos and popcorns and golas and what not! For me, it was a lesson. A lesson that taught me that you don’t have to be a strict when in charge or behave as someone in a higher post because, the work can also be done when you ask people in a polite manner. A lesson, that taught me that life out there, after school is not going to be as peaceful as it seems inside the school campus. A lesson, that taught me to take responsibilities, and, not just to learn from mistakes as they say, but also to admit that you made them.

I am sure that these experiences will help me later in my life. They have altered my attitude already! Earlier, I used to be afraid of taking up responsibilities because I was afraid of exposing my weaknesses but now, I want to take up more responsibilities. They exhilarate me, and they teach me something every time I opt for one. Along with these experiences and lessons, I was rewarded with a good image amongst the teachers, and made a couple of good friends. I loved being a part M. I. X!!!

M. I. X. 2011,

Hansini Singh

Grade 9 IGCSE