Vaibhav Chhabra is the co-founder of Maker’s Asylum and STEAM school in India. A mechanical engineer by profession but a carpenter by passion. Vaibhav graduated from Boston University and then spent two years of his career at EyeNetra, building eye diagnostic devices. He then moved to Mumbai and co-founded The Maker’s Asylum with Anool Mahidharia. Vaibhav is also an instructor at MIT REDX, MIT Media Lab’s health-tech lab in India. Among his humble brags is the love for making furniture, building machines, flying, diving and winning at ping pong.
In this episode we focus on Vaibhav's contributions to improve education and the story of STEAM School - a 10-day multidisciplinary program, where 100 people from all ages and walks of life come together, in a maker space, to solve grand social challenges. One hour packed with fun and good stories.
2:40 - Who is Vaibhav Chhabra?
3:05 - Defining Hashtags
3:20 - Favorite apps
3:35 - Why education?
4:25 - WOW learning experience in 2017
4:45 - Learning beliefs
5:30 - On rejections
6:55 - Failure and success
7:30 - What is Makers Asylum (MA)
8:45 - The inception story
13:40 - Key people at MA
16:55 - Inspiring communities/models?
19:40 - Values and culture at MA
22:50 - On facing challenges
29:30 - Why MA shifted towards education?
32:15 - What is STEAM School?
36:40 - The content (curriculum) at STEAM School
40:00 - Diversity / Interdisciplinarity at STEAM School
43:20 - On Competition
46:30 - Bridging technology gaps in education
50:00 - The future of STEAM School / (Project Based University).
51:15 - Expanding STEAM School globally
53:10 - If not for creating workers / Why have an education?
56:10 - How to involve community members and parents?
58:30 - Tips on starting a makers space
1:00:00 - On dancing with students
1:01:45 - Advice for students (teenagers).
1:03:25 - 3 actions as the Minister of Education
1:07:45 - A message to the world
1:09:20 - Open mic.
1:11:30 - Ways to get in touch
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