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posted Jan 23, 2018, 4:06 AM by Shubha Subbarao   [ updated Sep 23, 2018, 9:00 AM by Siva Kumar Puram ]

This was our first class for the calendar year and had a great turnout, with 19 of the 20 students in attendance!! The class was focused on the dry run of the Republic Day projects. We were very happy with the outcome of the student projects on the regional "harvest festivals of India", the excellent research on their poster boards and the enthusiastic presentations! While Group 2, 3 and 4 had their poster boards ready and presented to the class, Group 1 is working on theirs. A few suggestions were shared by the teachers, Shrikanth and myself, the youth assistants, Akshay and Prathithi, and the fellow students.

Here are some general pointers:

1) Include a map of India on the poster board and indicate the region (east, west, etc) and states you will cover
2) Consider appropriate color for your slide background for text to stand out
3) Minimize text, Increase font size, consolidate information where possible (e.g., Holi, West India)
4) Include more pictures if needed
5) Include notes on mythology, culture (dance/music) where available
6) Share a commonality of the festivals of that region
7) Share a geographical feature, e.g. climate that enables these festivals

Pointers for a good presentation on the day:
1) Make note cards with talking points (so you don't speak to your poster board but the audience)
2) Speak LOUDER but deliver your topic in a crisp manner (NOTE: On the day it will be fairly loud in the exhibition area!!)
3) Each group is assigned to less then 3 minutes, for a total of 10 minutes for Group 7A, so choose your speaking points well, the rest of the info can stay on your poster board for questions from the judges/audience.

PROJECT SET-UP: Saturday, Jan 27th, between 2:00- 4:00 pm
Bring your poster boards,and any other related display materials and set up your area. Label all personal items with your name. If you are bringing any food samples on the day of the event, keep them to drier/finger-food types and label with "name of the food sample" and any general disclaimers, e.g.,  "May contain nuts/ dairy, etc." Bring napkins/small plates, etc if needed to serve the samples.

EVENT: Republic Day Celebrations, Sunday, Jan 28th
9.15 a.m. - 9.30 a.m  -Kids assemble in booths.

Looking forward to see you all in lovely festive Indian outfits!

Shubha aunty/Shrikanth uncle/Teju aunty, for Group 7A