IIT-Madras incubated startup develops HackerKID for youngsters – Times of India

CHENNAI: IIT-Madras incubated startup GUVI has developed India’s first ‘Gamified Coding Platform’ known as ‘HackerKID,’ which goals at educating children coding through the use of a game-based atmosphere. The startup labored with greater than 1,200 children from the Netherlands, the US, Australia and India whereas growing the product options and designs for HackerKID.
The children are launched to Block-Based Programming in HackerKID and supplied with a digital playground to practise challenges. Block-based Programming is a straightforward and highly effective strategy to develop software program. The ‘drag and drop’ of blocks or chunks of coding directions make it easier for teenagers, when in comparison with standard classroom educating, to be taught the foundations of programming circulate and computational considering.
GUVI is an built-in ed-tech platform in vernacular language, which has a deep penetration in India with a presence in additional than 1,000 engineering faculties. It has already upskilled greater than 4.6 lakh engineers in newest know-how expertise equivalent to Python, Java and Machine Learning, amongst others, and assist them achieve placement in IT corporations.
The newbie’s degree of Turtle module is being supplied freed from price and options factors, rewards, badges for every exercise in block-based programming and showcases the child’s creativity to fellow learners via a leaderboard. The Turtle module prepares children for the International Block Coding Olympiad which is scheduled to be held shortly.
Highlighting the distinctive points of HackerKID, S P Balamurugan, co-founder and chief government officer, GUVI, stated, “Although learning to code has its amazing advantages among young minds, it is not easy for kids to assimilate the concepts of computer science. Also, there exists a real tussle to draw their attention and to develop an interest in them with conventional text-based coding. For this very reason, HackerKID serves as the platform for kids to start their journey in coding.”
Registrations are actually made open to the general public. Parents can sign-up on http://www.hackerkid.org and expertise the platform together with their children. Bulk registrations for colleges are additionally facilitated freed from price. Requests could be despatched to achieve@hackerkid.org
Unlike the normal text-based coding classroom strategy, the gaming type with the ‘play-to-code’ technique would allow youngsters to grasp the circulate in programming.


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