Scratch So Far

by Aishwarya Javalgekar on March 8, 2017

Posted on behalf of Rahul Jain

“In 15 years we’ll be teaching programming just like reading and writing… and wondering why we didn’t do it sooner.” – Mark Zuckerberg

From Steve Jobs to Bill Gates, the potential of computer programming has been acknowledged by every leading pioneer and visionary. The idea of creating a masterpiece simply via an input of certain commands, codes and symbols seems nothing short of magic to the average eye.

Gyanada Foundation takes pride in identifying its immense potential and incorporating it early into the lives of young girls who hail from the bottom most strata of our society, and aims to provide them with an invaluable skill set that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Coding and programming at an early age will pave open the way for girls to venture into an alternative career stream full of lucrative opportunities and upward-forward growth trajectories, which unfortunately was never the case earlier. Today, computer programmers and developers net the highest salaries globally, and are demanded across myriad business verticals ranging from investments to big data analysis.

To impart and disseminate coding classes, the program used by us is an open ware developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), called Scratch. The beauty about the software is the attractive user interface which helps children delve deep into the intricacies of coding, without complex commands or programming jargon. The User Interface also makes sure that the child understands the effect of a particular click and the change brought about by it when reversed. The byproduct of these coding lessons is that we also introduce concepts like coordinates, grids, simple math problems, etc. which makes sure that the foundation for bringing about coding depth is strong and steady.

Having successfully completed 3 sessions, we can fairly establish the fact that the children are enjoying this new skill that we’re helping them inculcate. The excitement to come to class, eagerness to learn and intrigued responses, exemplify the same. The Gyanada Team is constantly working hard and thinking of myriad ways to contribute to this endeavor and add on to their learning curve.

We thank Softklas and our venue and corporate partners for their support.