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Robotics at Maharishi School

Maharishi School is not new to robotics as this is their sixth year participating in the First Tech Challenge. This year’s team has eight members, five of whom are participating for the first time, and two of which have been participating for three previous years. In terms of skills and interest, this may be the most diverse robotics team in Maharishi School’s history, with over five countries represented. With the guidance of our experienced mentors and returning members, as well as the novel ideas of our new members, we strive for innovative and effective solutions to the problems presented to us.

Last Years Robotics Team

Fundraising and Outreach with COVID

During the lockdown, the team has come up with various ways to fundraise and spread information about our robotics team. Through a new Instagram account, and the help of our local businesses, our team was able to financially support our innovations.

Programming Innovations

The programming team has been leveraging the use of Vuforia** technology to detect rings, a new addition to our team̗’s skill set and robot̗’s capabilities˼ We are also increasingly mindful of optimizing the driving experience and have devoted a lot of time towards significantly reducing the precision and number of controller movements required to complete tasks such as launching rings and placing wobble goals.

Current Robotics Team

Technical Advancements

The most demanding and new task for the design team this year has, by far, been the in-taking and launching of the rings. Our answers to these criteria were an intake ramp and a hopper with a fly-wheel powered launch ramp. Difficulties mainly arose around efforts to maximize effectiveness and efficiency as well as minimizing complexity, given the complications of building with new materials and mechanisms. Successful construction was owed to a balance of practical and systematic engineering methods, along with communication within the team, particularly with programming.

Who’s on the team?

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Budhil Thijm- Engineering Notebook Supervisor

As a senior at Maharishi school participating in my first year of robotics and possibly my last, I hope to do the best I can with my team. As the future progresses I believe robotics and automation will benefit all of us depending on how it is used and learning about it, I hope to be capable of being involved in that future.

Dominic Magnus Dupoux- Fundraiser and Calculatormaharishi school students 2021

Being a junior in my second year of robotics, I hope to take on responsibilities and go out of my comfort zone so that I might help lead the team next year. I worked as the head of fundraising initially as well as in design and construction, particularly in calculations, hoping to approach design in a more systematic way. My strengths are my attention to detail, creativity, and focus.

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Ishitia Paras Mukadam- Junior Programmer

As my first year in robotics, I truly wanted to learn the basics in this field, especially the programming side of it and how it worked alongside the mechanics, so I can use that knowledge in the future. I loved being there and learning the process of connecting the dots between the code and the robot. The main thing I learned is to be patient and persevere through the challenges. There’s no doubt in my mind that I will continue to be a part of this robotics journey throughout my years of high school.

Miles Christopher Siemsen- CAD Mastermaharishi school student 2021

I joined robotics in search of developing new skills and finding other ways I could work with a team. It has been a great experience this year in learning the basics of coding in java as well as learning how to almost replicate the robot my team has built-in CAD. My strengths are that I’m a fast learner, persistent, and cooperative in a group.

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Saraswati Paz Quevedo-Valls- Business Chef

I joined the robotics team to get out of my comfort zone and learn a variety of new skills. As the season is coming to an end, I can say that I have learned a lot since joining the team. Before joining, I was unable to even screw and tighten screws. As well as better communication skills, as I worked a lot on fundraising˼

Shristi Sharma- Senior Programmer

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I love learning new technologies such as programming mecanum wheels, experimenting with Vuforia, and creating driver enhancements. In my last robotics season, I’m optimistic about the team’s future and have been working with our fantastic members to help them take on the programming portion of the challenge for future years. My strengths are my ability to be organized and collaborative.

Skylar Anthony Halley- Head of Design

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As a senior in my third year in FTC, this year my goals have been to help design mechanisms for the robot that will allow us to succeed at each element of the task as well as share some of my knowledge to help prepare future teams after I graduate.

 

Yeabtsega Woubishet Taffesse- Public Relations

I joined the robotics team because I was always interested in engineering and coding. Once I joined the team I realized that I like being involved in the community so I specifically focused on reaching out to people to talk about the robotics team. Before joining the robotics club, I was not aware of the process of making a robot. I have worked on the base of the robot-like the wheels and the motor part of it. I also worked with fundraising and that helped me build up my communication skills.

Fundraising Goals and Efforts

Our fundraising goal this year was to fundraise ̥2000 to put towards our robot. In an effort to do so, we made a list of 38 target companies that we would like to contact for donations. We contacted each of these companies by either calling or emailing in an effort to fundraise money. After contacting all of our target companies, we spent a couple of hours driving to local businesses to get more donations.

When contacting companies or speaking to the managers of our town’s local businesses, we made sure to include what a robotics team is, what we were working towards, and what we would use the money for. If the companies we emailed did not respond, we respectfully sent a follow-up email. So far this season we have been able to raise 1803, which is 197 away from our season fundraising goal.

Sustainability

The Legacy

This year was the last season for three of our robotics team members as they will be graduating. Two of the soon-to-be graduates have been doing robotics their whole high school careers and are the head of our robotics team. The three seniors have been taking this season to not only work on our robot but to teach all of the members who will be here next year.

Our head coder, Shristi, has been working closely with a freshman who is very interested in coding, Ishita. For the whole season, they have been working side by side on the coding elements of our competition. Another soon-to-be graduate, Skylar has been making sure to educate and teach us his thought process and skills he uses when building the robot. I have been working with him alongside Dominic, Miles, and Yeabstega. They take every opportunity they get to let us in on their past experiences and knowledge they have gained from their years in the robotics team. 

Recruiting New Members

At the beginning of each quarter at our school, teachers have the chance to advertise their clubs to students. During the first quarter, the robotics club takes the opportunity and advertises the club to high school students. When we present, we explain all the aspects of robotics such as fundraising, to show how much thought is in the club. As well as pictures of past robots and competitions. We make it clear that you don’t need any experience to join the club, to not limit the students. As someone who has only been doing robotics for less than a year and is fairly new, I think that the team does a good job of teaching and making new teammates feel welcome.

 

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**Vuforia is an augmented reality software development kit for mobile devices that enables the creation of augmented reality applications. It uses computer vision technology to recognize and track planar images and 3D objects in real-time.

Ayurveda and Your Dosha

Ayurveda and Maharishi School

At Maharishi School, we teach a system of wellness, Maharishi Ayurveda, that we believe will benefit our students for the rest of their lives. Ayurveda is an ancient, Eastern system of wellness that aims to keep the body in balance to prevent illness and disruptions to the quality of life. Ayurveda looks at a person holistically – physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually – to find the source of any imbalance that may arise. Each individual is unique, but everyone tends to fit into a combination of the three doshas, or constitutions. These doshas define both the individual’s most balanced and natural state (prakriti) and their current imbalance (vikriti). Understanding these two areas of a person helps identify the ways to return a person back to their individual balanced state from their out of balance state.

The Doshas

According to Maharishi Ayurveda, there are three doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Vata governs movement. Vata constitutions tend to have a thin build, tend to not gain weight easily, tend to learn quickly then forget easily, tend to be enthusiastic, and vivacious, and to easily become cold. Pitta governs all heat, metabolism, digestion, and transformation in the mind and body. Pitta constitutions tend to have a medium build and balanced weight, a sharp intellect, to be goal-oriented, and to easily become hot. Kapha dosha governs the structure and fluid balance in the body. Kapha constitutions tend to have a larger build, have a tendency for weight gain, are slow to learn but slow to forget, tend to be sweet and even-tempered, and dislike cold and damp weather.

Each person is their own specific blend of all three doshas, but most people have more of two doshas. If you want to find your dosha or imbalance, visit Maharishi Ayurveda Products International’s website (MAPI.com). Take the Dosha Quiz and learn more about your constitution and Ayurveda.

Our Students

We provide our students with an in-depth understanding of their dosha and imbalance. In addition, we help give them tools to bring themselves back to balance. Ayurveda is a powerful modality in that it empowers an individual to assess their own imbalance and decide how to address that balance. We want to encourage our students to focus on their whole-body health all of their lives. We believe Ayurveda provides them with tools to do just that.

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Hannah Nichols
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Maharishi School
hnichols@msae.edu
Fairfield, IA 52556

What is a Yagya?

Yagya is a process of bringing the individual into harmony with the
stream of evolution, which enjoys the favor of all the forces of nature
engaged in the advancement of life, individual and cosmic.” —Maharishi

 

What is a Yagya?

Yagyas are performed through the recitation of sound to reach a certain result. Yagyas are based on the ancient knowledge of saints of the vedic tradition.  Yagyas are performed to creative a positive effect and to best support nature positively. Specifically trained pandits (pundits) perform the yagyas. The goal of yagyas is to promote harmony in order for a person or group of people to see the positive effects of life.

Maharishi School and Yagyas

Each year, Maharishi School uses yagyas to fund-raise to provide for the school’s needs and so that the school may benefit from the strength of yagyas. Participate by donating $100 or more to Maharishi School and contribute to the glorious benefits of Maharishi Yagya® performances. The five Maharishi Yagya performances are based on the incorporation date of Maharishi University of Management. All donations are tax-deductible. At least fifteen percent of your gift goes directly to the performances and the balance contributes to the Maharishi School Annual Fund.

Donate $108: $100 will apply to your share and $8 will go to those who would like to join but are unable to purchase a full share.

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Thank you!

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Hannah Nichols
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Maharishi School
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Why We Promote Creative Problem-Solving

Why We Promote Creative Problem-Solving

At Maharishi School, we want to promote creative problem-solving in our students because it is a valuable lifelong skill. We accept that our students will come across many problems throughout life. These problems with need solving, as problems tend to need. We want to give students a taste of this reality by providing a safe and constructive space to try, fail, and succeed. One way we provide this space is through Destination ImagiNation.

Destination ImagiNation

Destination ImagiNation (DI) is the world’s largest creativity and problem-solving competition and inspires participants in its programs to think on their feet, work together and devise original solutions to solve the mind-bending challenges. The students must come up with solutions to the challenges on their own, without adult interference.

Below is one DI performance our students produced. It is incredibly insightful, nuanced, and intelligent.

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Hannah Nichols
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Maharishi School
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Why We Manage Stress

Why We Manage Stress

Life is full of stressful events. Just when we think we have conquered one, another stressful situation pops up. As adults, we know our stress transitions from deadlines on homework to deadlines at work, on taxes, on bills. However, we know that those stressors as kids and teenagers were real and pressing.

According to the American Psychological Association, 30% percent of teens feel overwhelmed and depressed as a result of stress overload. Growing up is tough. Teens today are under immense pressure and sometimes it can feel as if they are out in the ocean being tossed and turned by turbulent waves. But that turbulence is only on the surface of the water, as you go to deeper and deeper levels of the ocean, there is more and more calm. Transcendental Meditation® is the technique to effortlessly let go of that surface tension and sink into that depth of calm.

Utilizing Our Full Potential

With goal-setting, it’s important to have perseverance and push upwards, but what if we could make that process easier? By accessing our own inherent intelligence via the Transcendental Meditation® technique we utilize our full potential and are able to move towards goals with less turmoil. Regular practice of TM erodes the effects of stress and creates skillful action allowing us to do more, with less energy expended.

When stress begins to melt away, that’s when the real self begins to emerge. At Maharishi School, we believe change begins within and we give you the tools needed to beat stress. We teach you how to transcend turbulence and to access that rich reservoir that is at the deepest level within.

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Hannah Nichols
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Maharishi School
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Why We Use the Science of Creative Intelligence

Why We Use the Science of Creative Intelligence

The world is a lovely, complex, and connected thing. We see things that are true and observable across all of nature. At Maharishi School, we want to define these observations to make them easier to see. We call this the Science of Creative Intelligence.

Our students have a unique interdisciplinary course focusing on the Science of Creative Intelligence where they see underlying, universal principles that are common to the structure and functioning of life—their academic subjects, in nature, and in themselves. For example, we see how life is structured in layers: whether in the earth’s crust, our government, the analysis of literature, a math theorem, or one’s family and personality.

This is one way Maharishi School cultivates vertical thinking: making connections between all the details on the surface of life with the big ideas at their basis.

SCI Classes

In SCI classes, students learn that the laws of real-world science are the same laws that guide human growth. For example, one of the principles is: Every action has a reaction. In science, we see this in literally everything. If temperatures rise on our planet, that means drastic changes for many species. A small change in one part of the world can lead to a ripple effect globally as in the butterfly effect.

In the same way, every action has a reaction in our lives. The words we use, the actions we take, and the education we embrace all have an affect. By understanding this principle in depth, students see the power they carry and are able to better understand the mechanics of not only the physical world but also the mechanics of their behavior and life. They learn these simple but powerful truths starting in Kindergarten.

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Hannah Nichols
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Maharishi School
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Why We Practice Yoga Asanas

Why We Practice Yoga Asanas

The Origins of Yoga

You may have noticed yoga studios and classes appearing just about everywhere in the United States. We love the health trend! However, yoga originated in India and is part of the larger system of health called Ayurveda. Ayurveda is an Eastern modality of wellness that views good digestion as the beginning of wellness. Ayurveda suggests using yoga asanas, specific yoga poses that promote whole body wellness and support digestion, to balance the body. Because of this understanding, we teach our students how to do these poses.

Daily Routine

At Maharishi School the underlying message in all we do for and with our students is this: everything you need to succeed is already inside of you. Teaching children to do yoga and meditate is an integral part of this curriculum; these tools will serve them for a lifetime.

Twice a day, every day, Maharishi School students practice their yoga asanas, then settle down to meditate for ten-fifteen minutes before heading back into the activities of the day. In addition to physical stretching and toning, asanas are an excellent way for kids to relieve stress. Yoga helps students to be more mindful of their breath, and how breathing in different ways can enliven or relax the physiology. It improves balance, coordination, and posture. Yoga brings awareness and energy to every part of the body and teaches kids how to relax and recharge by tuning in to themselves.

Students leave yoga and meditation settled and focused. Maharishi School teachers and staff also do asanas and meditate, which prepares them to give their best to their students each day.

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Maharishi School
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Why We Incorporate Project-based Learning

Why We Incorporate Project-based Learning

The Love of Learning

At Maharishi School, we want to instill the love of learning in each of our students. We recognize that no one, not even the most developed and mature adult, wants to spend years and years of their life doing something he or she doesn’t want to do. In reality, learning is something we must do our entire life, whether in a job or in relationships or as we travel to new cultures. With that understanding, we believe it is important to promote the love of learning at a young age to teach our students to find subjects they are passionate about and innovative ways to learn about their passions. This is why we structure in project-based learning time.

Daily Routine

Every day students are given 70 minutes to work on a passion project. They problem-solve, experiment, falter and keep striving. Through the process, they learn real-world skills that will serve them when they are adults working on projects at their workplaces. Some of the Learning Goals for project learning are creativity, collaboration, communication, critical thinking, a growth mindset, societal impact and service, interdisciplinary integration, development of student portfolios.

Each project is either designed by a teacher or proposed by the student at the conception stage and addresses an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge. The students work either independently or in small teams and exercise real-life skills in their areas of interest while being fully supported by teachers, community experts, and leaders brought in to match the students’ interests. At the end of each quarter, all the students’ projects are showcased as part of a community-wide event.

College Preparation

We are seeing a shift in college preparation. Instead of judging students by their SAT or ACT scores, colleges are taking a more holistic approach. They take into consideration SAT or ACT score, but they also look at the student for their entire high school experience. This is displayed in a portfolio. In our project time, students are able to develop diverse portfolios.

Read more about Project-Based Learning here.

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Why We Teach the Transcendental Meditation® Technique

Why We Teach the Transcendental Meditation® Technique

At the center of our Consciousness-based education is the Transcendental Meditation® (TM) technique. To transcend, by definition, means to go beyond human limitations and to break boundaries. At Maharishi School, we teach a technique to break internal boundaries and to sink deep into yourself, to tap into your essence and live in a state of flow. We believe that all parts of ourselves should be developed – the body, mind, heart, and consciousness – therefore the practice of TM® is required for all students. Our school day starts and ends with a few minutes of the Transcendental Meditation® (TM) technique.

TM® is a simple technique that is easily taught through one-on-one instruction by a certified teacher. It’s not a religion, philosophy or lifestyle. More than 340 scientific studies have been published in leading journals showing its efficacy in all areas of physical and mental health. It’s garnered the praise of distinguished institutions like the National Health Institute, American Psychological Association, University of Michigan, and American University.

At Maharishi School, we use Transcendental Meditation® (TM) technique to provide students an effective way to balance their own body and mind to promote optimal learning. We want to set our kids up with the best tools in order to succeed. We believe TM® is one of those tools.

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To learn more about the background of TM® or to find a teacher near you, visit www.TM.org.

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Why We Use Consciousness-Based Education

Why We Use Consciousness-Based Education

Imagine your day starting with time to clear your mind, focus, and calm your body. Imagine you get to start every day finding strength, peace, and understanding within. Imagine being given this tool as a child so that you are able to use it throughout life to manage stress, persevere, and succeed regardless of the situation.

Doesn’t that sound fantastic and useful?

This is the opportunity we provide our students through Transcendental Meditation, which is at the center of our Consciousness-based education. Every single day, students and teachers at Maharishi School close their eyes for a few minutes to practice the Transcendental Meditation® technique and experience a state of rest that is deeper than sleep.

When your body is rested, powerful chain reactions are set forth. Blood pressure normalizes. Heart rates slow down. The brain gets more oxygen. Big problems become small problems and stress becomes manageable.

A Rainy Night Meets the Transcendental Meditation® technique

Imagine driving through a rainy, stormy night without your headlights working. The road is dark and you have to drive with fear, small mistakes almost guaranteed to happen. That’s what our brains and bodies are like when we’re stressed.

Getting adequate sleep is like having functional headlights. This is the absolute, bare minimum. You can see what is ahead and the stress lessens, but that drive down a dark road remains challenging. However, practicing the Transcendental Meditation® technique does more – it quiets the stormy mind, removing the rain so we can see and think clearly.

At Maharishi School, we believe reducing stress and improving brain function is absolutely imperative. Kids have so much on their plate, so many external pressures, and so much to balance. We believe it is essential to provide our students with the tools to address these stresses. As adults, it is understood that stress does not disappear, but we rise to function properly under that stress. Consciousness-based education revolves around that belief. We don’t just fill students heads with information, we systematically expand the container of knowledge, the student’s own consciousness. With this expansion, absorbing new ideas becomes simpler, friendships deepen, and you start to understand how you are connected to and interconnected with the world.

We call this Consciousness-Based education. Because expanding consciousness is a game changer.

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To see how the Transcendental Meditation technique and our system of education helped prepare our alumni for success, check out our alumni profiles here.

Hannah Nichols
Marketing and PR
Maharishi School
hnichols@msae.edu
Fairfield, IA 52556