Kerala government has decided to revolutionize the teaching process in schools by implementing special provisions leading to strengthen the IT and Electronics teaching. Minister for Industries and Information Technology P.K. Kunhalikutty informed at a press conference in Thiruvananthapuram that the second phase of the Learn to Code project and a pioneering Electronics@School program will be launched by CM Oommen Chandy tomorrow.
Minister said, “Through this we wish to create a pool of skilled future IT professionals and electronics geeks,” reiterating the vision of CM Chandy. Learn to Code project was launched as a pilot project by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy to support ‘Digital Kerala’ mission on 21 February. Last month, Kerala government also initiated the process to connect schools through digital network, under which 5600 schools have been shortlisted to get high speed internet connection for high class studies. Digital text books for students were also launched in the State.
Under the pilot phase 2,500 selected students of class eight were given Raspberry Pi kits and trained in programming by IT experts in all the district centres. The Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit card sized computer that plugs into a display unit (computer monitor or TV) and allows the use of standard keyboard and mouse. The Raspberry computer kit allows users to use word, playing games and videos, internet surfing and also learn programming languages such as Scratch and Python.
State IT Secretary P.H. Kurian said, “Under the Learn to Code project, which is a joint endeavour of Kerala Startup Mission and Kerala’s IT@School project, 7,500 school children will get Raspberry Pi palm computer kits. Likewise in the Electronics@School project, a kit developed by a startup company would be given to school students.”
Education Minister P K Abdu Rabb will launch the Electronics@School project in the same function and distribute colour-coded training kits for hands-on training in basic electronics to selected children. The kit to be provided in Electronics@School program is based on the simple concept of puzzle solving that helps students understand connectivity through trial and error. The structure of the kit divides electronics into six basic blocks, each of these bricks is colour coded so as to make it more intuitive and easier to understand.
The children using the kit can make simple electronic items. IT minister said, “This year, 6,000 electronics kit to various schools across the state will be distributed and is aligned with the physics curriculum of classes 9 and 10.”