Teaching Open Source (and Aerodynamics) with Aerogami

#mozsprint 2017 Interview Series

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What is Aerogami?

Aerogami is open courseware that teaches how things fly by making paper planes and with other minimal setup using household objects. A learner can experience what’s happening for themselves instead of believing the teacher or textbook. It is also an open educational practice project that seeks to establish a model of interaction / maker based learning of complex concepts, starting with basic aerodynamics.

Why did you start Aerogami?

I have a background in engineering and I have taught undergraduate engineering students. I realized while teaching that explaining engineering concepts that I think I know well is very difficult, and there’s too much new information and complex concepts that a student is supposed to learn in an hour of class. I think this is the case in all domains. I wanted to do something to try to change this and make learning more interactive, intuitive and fun. The idea developed little by little. Aerodynamics is a fascinating subject for many, and everybody has had the joy of flying paper planes. That is why I decided to start with how things fly.

What problems have you run into while working on this project?

The major problem was the structure of the course. Having little experience on curriculum design made the process slow, but with time, research, and consultation, there has been progress.

What kind of skills do I need to help you?

If you want to learn how things fly, you can try one of the workshops alone or with friends. Then, share your experience and provide feedback for improvement.

How can others join your project at #mozsprint 2017?

You can join remotely or at the #mozsprint venue in Kathmandu. The GitHub Repo will be ready and unambiguous for all potential contributors soon.

What meme or gif best represents your project?

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From: http://i.imgur.com/RsfaXlV.jpg

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