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  • 2 Jul 2022 3:37 PM | Anonymous

    Middle School

    Shreya Mukkamala Nippani
    Grade 6, Saint Bernadette School, Northborough

    Today is my first day of middle school
    I’m nervous and hope people think I’m cool
    This is 6th grade not 5th
    Memories of elementary school are just a myth
    I’ve got to impress
    And not be in distress
    Everything matters from here on out
    Otherwise, my chance of success will be a doubt
    I walk into middle school thinking about these things
    And all of a sudden, an idea pings
    I realize that middle school isn’t about stress
    That’s what will make life a mess
    It’s about making new friends and learning to grow
    By the end of the year there will be so much you know
    Even though work gets harder
    You will learn to push farther
    New people and teachers you will meet
    With new challenges that you’ll greet
    Just remember that everything will be great
    When you walk through the middle school gate

  • 20 Jun 2022 1:06 PM | Anonymous

    Chai, Samosa aur Naye Purane Geet

    By Sonam Ahuja

    ISW does it again!

    ISW Antakshri, a one-of-kind event, hosted by ISW brought to life a home-grown concept of connecting over music and steeped in Indian culture.

    I had the chance to attend and participate in ISW’s Antakshri recently. A very well-thought and organized event with Prelims and Finals hosted separately on different days. In the era of inclusion and diversity, the event organizers were mindful to allow participation with a minimum of 1 member in a team.

    I participated in the Prelims with another friend and my 5 year old daughter. It was truly family friendly and fun for the whole family event. Prelims were held with a combination of 3 teams competing for a place in finals. Prelims began with classic Antakshari round the one that is most loved during our road trips, on a train journey, in a dorm room, or in a college canteen when someone just says Baithe Baithe Kya Karen Karna Hai Kuch Kaam……

    I was so amazed by the prelims that I decided to attend Antakshri Finals as an audience because my team could not make it to the finals. This time I attended the event with my parents who are visiting us after a long time. For my parents it was a chance to relive the magical music of Indian cinema going back 60 years in time.

    Finals began with 5 teams equally competent and talented in their singing abilities and their love for Bollywood music. Finals Antakshari had rounds such as Prelude, Dhun and Remix, etc, which put contestants to the test. Every team performed extremely well and it was very hard to guess which team would win through those prop, buzzer and dhun rounds.

    My parents and I had never got a chance to be part of a Live Antakshri before this one and it was truly an entertaining and fulfilling experience.

    This event became memorable for us because of its amazingly knowledgeable hosts who not only had deep interest and love for Indian music but also made efforts to keep the audience engaged and involved throughout.

    I hope and look forward to being part of such events hosted by ISW that promote our Indian cultural heritage!



  • 20 Jun 2022 1:01 PM | Anonymous

    by Smitha Nair

    Mount Wachusett is a beautiful mountain with stunning views and one of the best places to go hiking in the summer. So, that’s what the India Society of Worcester planned, a fun hike for all ages on June 18 with about forty people and a beautiful day. What started off as a normal hike, ended with meeting friends, unknown neighbors and learning new information about our community.

    We all met at the ski area at Wachusett to start off the hike at 11:00 AM. Right away people started talking and introducing themselves, creating multiple friends for the hike. Once we started everyone seemed ready to climb to the summit and our ambition only grew as we reached our first and second viewpoints at the top of a ski slope.

    After completing the Balance Rock trail and taking some selfies at Balance Rock, the group split up. Some went up the easier pavement path and others dared to follow the steeper challenge of the Old Indian Trail. Throughout the Old Indian Trail it was enlightening to see people help one another across steep areas and everyone was overjoyed to reach the summit and take victory pictures at the top of the mountain. After lunch at the small fish pond near the summit, and a wonderful group photo of accomplishment, we all started down the mountain, taking the road for the first half and finishing off the hike the way we started, through Balance Rock trail.

    Overall everyone had a fantastic time and many people were wondering when an event like this could happen again because of the exercise and the friendships that came out of this trip. Wachusett is an amazing area in Massachusetts for recreation and I am proud to say that ISW, definitely took advantage of it.


  • 20 Jun 2022 12:58 PM | Anonymous

    Hawaii

    Shreya Mukkamala Nippani
    Grade 6, Saint Bernadette School, Northborough

    Cool breeze, Sun shining, Maui Gold
    This is what makes Hawaii bold
    So many beaches of different colored sands
    Too bad taking some is banned
    The ocean colors are all shades of blue
    I know, I wished I lived there too
    Palm trees sway, Flowers bloom
    And there used to be volcanoes which go boom
    Road to Hana, Haleakala Sunrise
    These are places you’ll be surprised
    A thousand rainbows you will see
    On your trip to Hawaii
    The sun has set, the clouds start to leave
    Though we must go, it’s hard to believe
    That Aloha mean Hello as well as Goodbye
    Leaving this place makes me sigh
    Aloha Hawaii, until we meet again

  • 6 Jun 2022 4:24 PM | Anonymous

    A Summer Day
    Shreya Mukkamala Nippani
    Grade 6, Saint Bernadette School, Northborough

    I lay on the soft lush green ground
    Looking at the flowers blossom around
    The sun shines on my face
    I never want to leave this place
    Bees Buzz, Butterflies Fly
    Frogs Leap, and Birds Soar to the Sky
    The sun is setting
    And the day is ending
    I see the night sky clear as ever
    I wish summer would stay forever

  • 21 May 2022 2:43 PM | Anonymous

    வேர்டல்: தமிழ்

    ப்ரீத்தி சிவசங்கர் மற்றும் ஸ்ருதி சிவசங்கர் 

    வேர்டல்: இது மொழி சார்ந்த விளையாட்டு. இந்த “வார்த்தை விளையாட்டு” அலை, நம் நாட்டையும் நம் உலகத்தையும் ஆக்கிறமித்துக் கொண்டுள்ளது. இந்த கட்டுரையில்,  வேர்டலை பற்றி நீங்கள் தெரிந்து கொள்ள வேண்டிய அனைத்தையும் நாம் ஆராய்வோம். நாம் ஏன் வேர்டலின் மாயவலைக்குள் சிக்கிக்கொண்டிருக்கிறோம் என்பதைபற்றி படித்து அனுபவியுங்கள்!

    வேர்டல் மிக பிரபலமானதற்க்கு பல காரணங்கள் உள்ளன. வேர்டலை சுலபமாக புரிந்து  விளையாடலாம். உலகளாவிய மக்களுக்கு பிடிக்கும். எளிமையாக பகிர்ந்து கொள்ளலாம். இறுதியாக, வேர்டல் மூளையின் தர்க்கம் மற்றும் மொழி சார்ந்த பகுதிகளை ஊக்குவிக்கின்றது. இதனால் ‘டோபமைன்’ ஹார்மோன் ஊக்குவிப்பு, மகிழ்ச்சியை உண்டாக்குகிறது.

    வெர்டல் மொழி ஆற்றலை முன்னேற்றுகின்றது என்று ஆசிரியர்களும், மொழி  ஆராய்ச்சியாளர்களும் கூறுகின்றனர். மேலும், வேர்டல் மக்களுக்காக புதிய வார்த்தைகளை அறிமுகபடுத்துகின்றது. அதனால் வேர்டல் மொழியின் ஆற்றலை முன்னேற்றுகிறது.

    மக்களுக்கு வேர்டல் மீது மிகுந்த நாட்டம் ஏன்? வேர்டல் மூளையின் தர்க்கம் மற்றும் மொழி சார்ந்த பகுதிகளை ஊக்குவிக்கிறது. நாம் வேர்டலில் வார்த்தையை தினமும் கண்டுபிடித்தவுடன், மூளையில் ‘டோப்பமின்’ என்னும் ரசாயனம் நமக்கு மிக்க மகிழ்ச்சியை ஏற்படுத்துகின்றது. வேர்டல் சூதாட்டம் போல் இல்லை, ஏனென்றால் வார்த்தையை கண்டுபிடிப்பதற்கு பரிசு இல்லை. மற்றும் தினமும் ஒரு முறை தான் விளையாட முடியும்.  வேர்டலை உருவாக்கியவர் கூட, "ஒரு நாளைக்கு மூன்று நிமிடங்களுக்கு மேல் எடுக்காது" என்று கூறுகிறார். அதேசமயம் வேர்டலின் நாட்டத்திற்கு காரணம் 'பற்றாக்குறைக் கோட்பாடு' என்கின்றனர்: பொருட்கள் பற்றாக்குறையாக இருக்கும்போது மக்கள் அதற்க்காக ஏங்குவார்கள்.வேர்டல் எல்லோருக்கும் மிகவும் பிடிக்கின்றது. அது நல்லதா கெட்டதா? நீங்களே முடிவு செய்யுங்கள்!◾️

    Wordle

    Preethi Sivashankar and Shruti Sivashankar

    Wordle: The language-based sensation that’s sweeping the nation and taking the world by storm. In this article we will investigate everything you need to know about Wordle; what it is, its popularity, how it helps you learn a language, similar games, and whether Wordle is addictive. Stick with us to find the answers to all these questions! 

    There are many reasons why Wordle is so popular. It’s easy to understand and play, it appeals to a worldwide audience, and can very easily be shared. Finally, while playing Wordle, the language and logic parts of the brain are activated. This activation releases dopamine, which is a hormone that is associated with happiness.

    People think Wordle is a rewarding way to learn new words. English teachers also agree that Wordle keeps their students excited to learn new words. Experts from Chicago think it can help improve your context understanding by teaching you new words and new ways to find them. In short, Wordle helps you improve your language by keeping people interested in learning vocabulary, and improving your context skills. 

    Is Wordle addictive? Some people say it is addictive because Wordle activates both the language and logic parts of the brain. So, when you get the day’s Wordle correct, you feel happy because of a chemical in your brain. You could say it is not addictive because you can’t play endlessly, and it is not like gambling because there is no money involved. Even the maker of Wordle (Josh Wardle) says it is not meant to take up more than three minutes a day. But with this same logic, Wordle can be addictive because of a theory of Scarcity. The idea is that if something is in limited supply, people want it even more. 

    So whether Wordle is addictive or not is up to you.◾️

  • 22 Apr 2022 2:18 PM | Anonymous

    During the early Covid pandemic, faced with the demand for face masks, Alkesh Shah helped the IIT alumni organization, IIT AGNE, procure 12 printers that were used to print hundreds of masks for frontline workers using the services of Bobby Whitcomb at Excelsior Comics. Now, with these printers in hand, IIT AGNE was looking to use them to introduce young students to CAD and 3D printing and to spark an interest in STEM careers. With the newly expanded ISW India Center fully operational, ISW offered their site as well as volunteer members time to assist with a pilot workshop.

    Vivek Badami, from IIT AGNE, helped conceptualize the workshop and its curriculum. IIT AGNE enlisted the services of Bobby, a 3D printing guru, to run a train the trainer workshop to bring a group of 10 ISW and IIT AGNE volunteers trainers up to speed on the software and the 3D printers being used.  

    The pilot student 3d printing workshop was held on two consecutive weekends of March 26 & 27 and April 2nd & 3rd with six eager students ranging from Grade 6 to Grade 10. The students were introduced to an online CAD program, TinkerCAD, and very quickly were printing their first assignment on the six 3D printers in the room.

    After the first class, things progressed very quickly. Students were encouraged to find pieces they liked from online repositories like Thingverse and to modify them with the CAD tools. Soon they were creating interesting objects ranging from chess pieces, dragons, and creative mutant combinations. Students learned how to create and modify objects in CAD. They quickly learned from trial and error about the dos and don’ts of 3D printing. The students were even treated to an online presentation and conversation with Jeremy Simon, founder of 3D Universe and Enable, a collective that donates 3D printed prosthetic hands to underserved communities.

    Roopesh Mathur from IIT AGNE and Ashish Cowlagi from ISW provided overall instruction and were supported over the four days by Bala Balasubramanian, IP Singh and Kapeel Krishan from IIT AGNE and Anthony Thinager and Ramendra Chauhan from ISW. The workshop was offered under the ISW University umbrella and organized by Shiamin Melville, its chair. Word of the workshop was shared with the ISW Cultural & Language School students by School Director, Ruchi Chauhan.

    Now with the basics under their belt and with heightened interest in the technology, ISW and IIT AGNE will be holding two follow up classes. A beginner’s class for students as young as Grade 1 which will be co-taught by some of the students who graduated from the 3D printing workshop, and an Advanced class for students who have a basic familiarity with CAD and 3D printing. These will be offered on April 30th and May 1st from 9 am to 1 pm at the ISW India Center in Shrewsbury. More info at the ISW Website

    Students with their final 3D printed projects, From L to R:  

  • 22 Apr 2022 2:17 PM | Anonymous

    Are you planning to pursue a career in youth development or teaching and looking for an exciting, hands-on experience working directly with youth to support learning and enrichment?  Are you interested in helping an out-of-school time organization expand its capacity to serve youth? Worcester Education Collaborative (WEC) seeks undergraduate and/or graduate students to apply for its Hanover Fellowship.Fellows will serve approximately 220 hours total for total compensation of $3,300. over the summer,  while acquiring valuable skills, mentoring  and education. 

    https://www.wecollaborative.org/wecblog/hanover-fellowship-2022

  • 16 Apr 2022 11:15 PM | Anonymous

    ISW Member Sharad Mehta is Chair of the Committee of the Environment at the Westborough Rotary Club. The Club in partnership with Sustainable Westborough is cosponsoring the Westborough Energy Fair 2022 at the Mill Pond School on April 30th from 1:00 - 5:00 PM. It includes a Seminar with domain experts from fields of renewable energy, high efficiency building heating and cooling, EV charging and other energy related topics. An exhibition with over 35 vendors and student displays on related topics will also be on concurrently. More information can be found on the event page on Facebook, Instagram and the Sustainable Westborough Site.

    Westborough Energy Fair 2022 

    Speakers and Topics
    Time Speaker Organization Topic
    1:00 Hallie Pellish and Michelle Hung Westborough High School Environmental Club A Student’s Perspective on Climate Change
    1:30 Pete Dunbeck Sustainable Westborough Westborough’s Journey to Net Zero in 2050
    2:00 Caitlin Osepchuk HMFH Architects The First Net Positive Energy School in Massachusetts - Fales Elementary School
    2:30 Bob Zogg Heat Smart Alliance Green Heating and Cooling for Your Home
    3:00 Mark Durrenberger New England Clean Energy Solar Electric: How it Works and What's in it for You
    3:30 Natascha Finnerty/ Kai Haskins Nashoba Valley Climate Coalition/Endless Energy Experience of a Reluctant Converter – a Personal Heat Pump Case Study
    4:00 Chris Coy National Grid Clean Transportation Review
    4:30 Dave Gibbons National Grid Overview of Current MassSave Programs


    For more info contact: Sharad Mehta Chair, Committee Of The Environment, Westborough Rotary Club

  • 11 Apr 2022 4:03 PM | Anonymous

    प्रकृति

    लीशा गुप्ता 


    प्रकृति हर जगह 

    जहाँ भी तुम जाओ वहाँ वहाँ। 

    इधर-उधर इतने रंग 

    आगे बढ़ो  - पास आओ 

    देखो  कितने अच्छे लगते हैं एक संग। 

    एक दिन जब बारिश हो 

    फूल, पौधे भी खुश हों। 

    ऊपर देखो तो चमकते तारे 

    नीचे देखो तो हमारी धरती माता। 

    प्रकृति हर जगह 

    जहाँ भी तुम जाओ वहाँ वहाँ।

    Nature

    Nature is everywhere

    wherever you go its always there

    colors everywhere you look

    move forward - come closer

    Look at how good they look together

    When it rains one day

    flowers and plants will burst with joy

    When you look up you see sparkling stars

    When you look down you see mother earth

    Nature is everywhere

    Wherever you go its always there

    Leisha Gupta is a freshman at Westborough High School. She graduated from ISW Cultural and Language School last year. She is currently volunteering as a student teacher and works with Hindi K2 students.

    (Photo credit:  https://wallpapersafari.com/nature-wallpaper-hd/ )


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