As educators, we are passionate about making this world a better place. We live in the international town of Auroville in South India. The idea of Auroville is to experiment with the possibility of Human Unity, where people from all over the world, with different cultural backgrounds, can grow individually and collectively.
When building a city of the future - a city of peace, sustainability, and human unity - education has a central place. A method of education needs to be developed that will empower people to grow and manifest change, to awaken the individual to his/ her full potential.
Through our research, we have developed a range of leveled games and activities. These educational materials nurture the imaginative mind. Puzzles that can be put together in endless ways in a kaleidoscopic manner. They encourage people to learn in an atmosphere of equality, respect, and harmony.
Although Aurogames were originally developed for children, we have seen that they are beneficial for people of all ages. For young children they introduce new concepts and expand the mind, for elderly they help keep the mind's agility and support memory.
Playing with Aurogames develops: concentration, memory, attention, analytic skills, patience, perseverance, mathematical thinking, cooperation, imagination, plasticity, creativity, visual and spatial perception, acuity, orientation, and flexibility.
Auroculture (Helga Ahy) - Creator of Aurogames
The original Aurogames prototypes were created by Auroculture. Her adventure in game creation began in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in the 1970s and continued in Auroville where she moved in the 1990's. She worked on inspiration until a game materialized. She created over 30 beautiful handmade game prototypes in areas geometry, mathematics, early language and Tamil. In 2015 she handed over the game prototypes to our team, to be explored with children, developed further and shared with the world. She followed the work with enthusiasm until her passing in 2020.
Maya Shakti - Research and Aurogames project coordination
Maya has worked in the field of education since more than 20 years, as a class teacher in public Montessori schools in Sweden, and with teacher training. She now works as a facilitator in The Learning Community in Auroville, and is researching the practice of Integral Education. She has a B.Ed. in Science of Education (Mathematics/Science with a thesis on Freedom in education), a B.Ed. in Pedagogy (Montessori/Integral Education/Learning Study with a thesis on Integral Education). She is presently pursuing a M.A. in Education for Sustainable Development with focus on Integral Education.
Paula Caesar - Research and facilitation of game sessions
Paula has worked as a class teacher in Transition school in Auroville for 15 years. Since the past years she has also worked with research and development of Aurogames, offering game sessions and training for facilitators. She is a registered nurse, has a B.A. in Psychology, a Diploma in Ayurveda, and has done training in Neuro Dramatic Play and Awareness Through the Body (ATB).
Sara Madaschi - Facilitation of game sessions
Since 2013 Sara has been working as an educator in Auroville, first in the kindergarten, and presently in the The Learning Community. She also facilitates Aurogames play sessions. She has many years of experience working with children with special needs, and has done various trainings in the field. She has a B.Ed. in Science of Education (with a thesis on Integral Education with particular focus on Awareness Through the Body - ATB).
Ishay Botbol - Digital creative
Developing the game from physical game prototypes into the revolution of the digital world, Ishay works with strategy, user interface, creative, and marketing. He has a B.Ed. F.A. in Digital Media and Photography.