A first of its kind, Student Technology Education Program (STEP) for grade 7-10 students

Hyderabad, March 26, 2018.: IIIT-Hyderabad will be conducting its annual Student Technology Education Programme (STEP) for school students in Grades 7-10between 7 May – 1 June 2018.

The goal ofthe program is to spread the concept of computational thinking within thelarger community.  The computationalthinking is the thought processes involved in formulating a problem andexpressing its solution(s) in such a way that a computer—human or machine—caneffectively carry out.

With astrong focus on computational thinking, the program will equip young minds withfundamental computational skills that are increasingly pertinent in today'sworld.

This uniqueoutreach program by IIIT-Hyderabad is the first of its kind and a harbinger ofthe institute's goal for spreading the concept of computational thinking withinthe larger community.

ComputationalThinking is a fundamental mental skill, which should be ingrained in a child asearly as possible. The STEP curriculum has been designed to help build logicalthinking, problem solving and analytical skills through theoretical as well ashands-on sessions.

Theseprograms are based on the premise that whichever career the student chooses topursue later in life, computational thinking will be an essential element.

 Majority of the sessions will be conducted byIIITH faculty as well as some visiting faculty. The institute has also tied upwith Sciensation, a Hyderabad-based outfit that specialises in after-schoolinitiatives that focus on learning by questioning and problem-solving in aunique manner.

 The success of this School Outreach activityis visible in how children who’ve participated in the program have been able touse computational thinking in all aspects of their development, and  some of the former students have performedvery well in and qualified for the National Olympiads.       

Admission tothe course is open to any student who meets the age criteria on aFirst-Come-First-Serve basis. The only prerequisite is an interest inanalytical thinking and a desire to develop such a thought process.   

For middleschool students (Grade 7-8), the course (Computational Thinking andApplications, CTA) will be introductory in nature and deal with applications ofCT. The course material has been developed based on the curriculum of Code.org.

For highschool students (Grade 9-10), the Computational Thinking and Problem Solving(CTPS) course is exploratory in nature, dealing with various aspects of how CTcan help in problem solving.

All studentswill receive a certificate at the end of the course. Classes start from 7 May-1 June 2018.

For moreinformation on the admission process and requirements, seehttps://www.iiit.ac.in/step/

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