Hyderabad: The Telangana Information Technology Association (TITA) successfully conducted a six-day pilot training on introducing coding skills at the school level. A total of 54 participants from 18 government schools in Makthal constituency of Wanaparthy district were imparted the training.
These participants represent the innovation clubs at the school. One teacher and two students, one each from Class VIII and IX from these clubs are trained now.
These resource persons, who are termed as Telangana Early Coders, will turn mentors to teach coding to select students at their respective schools from January 17. The training will go on for two weeks and TITA will make a report on its observations on this pilot project and submit it to the State government in first week of February.
This pilot project is in line with suggestions made by IT Minister KT Rama Rao on the need to expose students to coding skills. Coding at schools is a joint initiative of the Departments of Education and ITe&C. TITA has partnered with State Government to do the pilot project.
In the six-day training that began on January 6, TITA members have exposed students and teachers in programming in Scratch and Python and also coding without the use of computer using ProGame. The pilot enabled students to create games on their own and they also designed and executed apple & ball game and rocket launcher using Scratch. They also devised a calculator, a quiz and a dice game using Python language.
Once the training begins post vacations, one TITA member will oversee four schools for the remainder of the pilot project. The event is to go on till February 1 and TITA will submit the report to the government on February 3, said TITA global president Sundeep Kumar Makthala.