It all started with A Workshop in India...
A 10-day workshop in India to teach Computer Science to kids (April 2017)
Moving from India, I got so many opportunities in the United States of America to explore the field I was most interested in. It was incredible that I was able to learn animation, internetworking, and coding. I also got an opportunity to be part of Independent Study and Mentorship program in Frisco ISD, which includes intense research, original idea generation, original product design, and written analysis of research. In addition, ISM teachers also worked with the students on professionalism, time management, resume writing, and goal setting to help prepare students for future.
Developing countries do not even give choices of classes to students. After 10th grade, students are supposed to select their major and their field of study. Without any prior knowledge or introduction, how can you tell this is what you wanted to do for rest of the life? This question still bothers me. I feel bad for those who selected a major under the influence of others and did not like it.
Through my Final Product, I wanted to try to solve 0.01% of this problem. So under the mentorship of Dr. Michael Hahsler, Southern Methodist University Professor, I decided to organize a workshop in India. Through this workshop, I wanted to inspire the young generation to generate curiosity for Computer Science. I introduced them with a Scratch software for coding. With Scratch, young people can program their own interactive stories, games, and animations. It is designed for ages 8-16 but is used by people of all ages. Scratch helps students learn important strategies for solving problems, designing projects, and communicating ideas.
I contacted a school in India called Saraswati Vidhyalaya and they allowed me to do my project in their school. After communicating back and forth, I came to know that they don’t have computers and the internet in their school, so I started a GoFundMe Campaign and raised around $900. I bought 2 computers and internet for school. My workshop lasted for 10 days. There is a 12 hours difference between America and India, so there was a big timing problem. I used to stay up till midnight and teach them about programming. I loved those students' enthusiasm to learn something new. It also motivated me to stay up till midnight and teach them. I faced many difficulties during this workshop because of their minimal knowledge about internet operation. But overall, they were able to learn a lot about coding using Scratch.
After doing that workshop, the idea of teaching Computer Science to students never left my mind. So I called a group of friends, and together we created Stars On Earth.
(June 22, 2020 - June 26, 2020)
I am so excited to announce our next project to teach Python on YouTube Live in Hindi to connect to all South Asians who want to learn and grow during these times. No coding experience required.