The Kalpana Research And Learning Center

Kalpana is a Sanskrit word that means Creative Imagination.

The Kalpana Research and Learning Center (KRLC) is based on a few basic ideas:

  • Nothing can be taught, but anything can be learned. So a teacher needs to be a guide and a mentor
  • Children learn by doing, in environments that provide constructive feedback, and encourage mindful trial-and-error
  • Children learn effectively when they can relate to what they are learning
  • Self directed learning, in the form of play, is very powerful
  • Given the above, the right kind of software can radically improve the way in which children are educated

At KRLC, children work in an interactive software supported environment where these ideas come alive. They get to:

  • Learn computer programming, one of the core skills of the 21st century, using a modern object-functional programming language called Scala - which is great for both educational and industrial settings
  • Learn Mathematics - with the help of the following activities:
    • Reviewing the fundamental concepts in their school Math curriculum
    • Applying these concepts within an interactive virtual environment - using computer programming
    • Doing experiments within a virtual Math laboratory
    • Creating their own personal Math projects
  • Create Art and Music – using computer programming

With their activities at KRLC, children also:

  • Learn systematic and computational thinking
  • Learn creative and artistic thinking
  • Learn effective methods for problem solving
  • Learn teamwork
  • Learn how to learn new things
  • Learn proficient use of computers and constructive use of the Internet

The activities at KRLC are based on The Kojo Learning Environment, a free and open source desktop application that runs on Windows, Linux, and the Mac. Kojo is an exciting new development in the area of Interactive Educational Software, and builds upon decades of research on effective learning. Kojo is based on ideas derived from Logo, Processing, and the Geometer's Sketchpad. It is used worldwide.

Kojo has been developed by Lalit Pant, the founder of KRLC. More information about Kojo is available at:

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