Over the schools in Kerala, there would be newly launched instructions given in IT and Electronics sector for better knowledge of the students from the very early stage of their education. Earlier, the Chief Minister of Kerala Oommen Chandy had launched Electronics@School , a one of its kind educational programme, at a function in Thiruvananthapurum.
According to State IT and Industries Minister P K Kunhalikutty, “Through this we wish to create a pool of skilled future IT professional and electronics geeks.” Further describing the programme the State IT Secretary P H Kurian said, “Under the Learn to Code project, which is a joint endeavor of Kerala Startup Mission and Kerala’s IT@School Project, 7500 school children will get Raspberry Pi palm computer kits. Likewise in the Electronics@School project, a kit developed by a startup company would be given to school students.”
The Raspberry Pi palm computer, which would be given under the IT@School project, is a credit card sized computer which can be plugged into any display unit (computer monitor or TV) and can be used through an external keyboard and mouse anywhere possible. It can perform regular functions like word processing, playing games, internet surfing and allows the user to learn program in languages such as Scratch and Python. The kit that has been developed under the Electronics@School project contains a simple concept of puzzle solving which enables the students to get through the logic of trial and error better. The kit divides electronics into six different basic blocks and the blocks are color coded to make it more intuitive and easier to understand. Using the kit, children could easily make simple electronic items of their choice.