Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala State IT Department would be launching two projects in schools to create a pool of skilled future IT professionals as well as technology entrepreneurs.
The Electronics@School programme will be launched at a function inaugurated by the state's Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Friday at the Thycaud Govt HS LP School, Thiruvananthapuram at 9.30 am.
P.K Kunhalikkutty, Minister for IT and Industries will launch the Learn to Code project, which is a joint endeavor of Kerala Startup Mission and Kerala’s IT@School project. As many as 7,500 school children will get Raspberry Pi palm computer kits as part of the programme. Along with the Government schools, aided and unaided Schools are also been included in the second phase.
In the pilot phase, launched by the Chief Minister in February, 2,500 selected students of class eight were given Raspberry Pi kits and trained in programming by IT experts in all the district Centers.
Chandy will distribute prizes on Friday to winners of the coding competition held as part of the pilot project. The selected students from the competition will get an opportunity to exhibit their projects at the venue.
The Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a display unit (computer monitor or TV) and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. It can carry out most functions of a regular desktop, including word processing, playing games, videos, as well as internet surfing. It also enables users to learn to program in languages such as Scratch and Python. External devices like robots and thermostats that records temperature can be programmed using the kit.
Education Minister P K Abdu Rabb will launch the Electronics @ School project and distribute colour-coded training kits for hands-on training in basic electronics to selected children.
The colour-coded training kit 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. Circuits of the light-following robot, automatic gate for actuators and the fire detecting robot can be made from the kit.
This year the state government will distribute 6,000 Electronics kit to various Schools across the State. The Electronics Kit is aligned with the Physics curriculum of classes 9 and 10.