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January 28, 2021 Thursday 11:13:10 AM IST

Young Innovators of Vidyodaya

Best Practices

School students of today will be exposed to a totally new world of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Robotics as they enter the workforce. And it has become the responsibility of educators to groom students for the futuristic scenario that is emerging in the horizon. Vidyodaya School in Kochi realised this much ahead of others. In 2015 itself they had tied up with premier technical consultancy organisation KITCO Ltd to launch the Vidyodaya Innovation Nurture Scheme (VINS). Through a structured programme students from Class V to IX were trained in various coding technologies such as Arduino, Raspberry Pi, 3D printer and guided to make innovative devices. Talks by startup founders, visits to technology parks, tools and fabrication facilities and mentoring sessions were regularly held on Saturdays so as not to upset regular school time table. The programme was a success in terms of nurturing young minds to explore technology and kindle a spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation in the school campus, according to Usha Kumari, Biology Teacher and one among the four teachers responsible for overseeing the project.