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’ – who would also take this initiative as part of their corporate social responsibility. The classes were first started in Bangalore and in just three days, they had hundred more registrations than they could accommodate!
At a time when most people his age spend their days gaming and earning brownie points from peers, 14-year-old Krish Samtani has his sights elsewhere. He developed a love for coding, took it a notch further and launched 0Gravity coding club in Bengaluru. 0Gravity, opened to resounding response, aims to impart training in applied computer science to children by experienced volunteers. And now, the teenager is set to bring the club to Chennai as well.
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,” he says.
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.”
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