First Principles Thinking

Connecting School Math To How Cellphones and Computers Work

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A walk down a technology lane, with the children, demonstrating how a 'first principles' thinking can connect simple physics, maths to magical pieces of technology all of us hold in our hands today (Smartphone phone processors)

The course aims to bring excessive curiosity, fearlessness and promotes the kids to ask the most fundamental 'why' questions on modern digital technology.

Dynamic grouping will be done assessing class interest and mood, and DIY kits custom designed with simplicity will be provided to the children. (kits fun-tested on 500+ children from govt schools)


At the end of this session, you will :

  • Get a peek into the magic that happens in brain when the child connects one piece of learning to another, eventually to grasp the “how it works” of a phone chip.
  • Understand the power of real DIY – brings a calming comfort of entirely knowing what the child holds in hand – derive an appreciation for the simplicity of science from the child, yet game level after level and show how the learning is progressing (DIY kit has 12 fun levels)
  • Gain resources to learn continuously beyond the course – free simulators/github codes/games/apps as may be appropriate for the kid to express himself/herself.

Who should attend

The course has no pre-requisites. Anyone who is curious about technology and wants to connect simple physics, maths to magical pieces of technology can attend.

Your Instructor

Dr Arun Janarthanan
Dr Arun Janarthanan
A teacher and a technologist - born and raised in Chennai/Tanjore, dad of two children 8yrs and 4yrs. Masters and PhD CSE from University of Cincinnati US, Silicon Architecture with Intel, California, Bangalore and recently Qualcomm Chip design Chennai. Enjoys crunching whole of grades 1-12 Maths, Physics and Chemistry into 1 hour of story each, combining vernacular, also enjoys building DIY science kits through Qualcomm's CSR and personal enthusiasm, has reached more than 2000 students in underprivileged communities in 2019. A learning enthusiast who finds the boundaries very hazy between science, arts, sports, music and many other beautiful facets of life.

Course Curriculum

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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