Free Coding Club for Kids launched in Chennai, by 14 year old boy
0Gravity, a free coding club to teach computer coding to kids between the age of 10 and 15 was launched at the IIT Madras Research Park. The free project is supported by ‘Saggezza’, as a part of their corporate social responsibility. The coding club is the brainchild of 14 year old Krish Samtani from Bengaluru.
Students receive a completion certificate at the end of the course, which is a project-based programme. “As the name ‘0Gravity’ suggests, the possibilities that these courses open are endless. We hope the course will not only provide children with this essential skill which will be necessary in the future, but also leave them with a spark which will inspire them to take up computer science in the future,” adds Krish.
For Samtani, whose father is a coder himself, his love affair with coding began at a young age. “I’ve been attending various classes and courses to do with computer science since I was eight. I would enjoy customizing pictures and making movies using Flash and Photoshop. I had no idea where I could use these skills in real life, though. However, when I attended summer camps at NYU Stern in 2015 and Johns Hopkins University in 2016, I got practical exposure to computer science: applying it in making games, and mathematical modelling,” he says.
When he returned to India, he was determined to join a coding club to see how coding could be used in everyday life. “But there were none. It was then that 0Gravity took seed. It took us over six months to plan and launch our first coding club. During this time, we also launched our website — www.0Gravity.org.”
Children can register at www.0Gravity.org, for joining the classes.