As the 21st century is a technology-driven society, where we are surrounded by a plethora of web applications, the rise of pandemic saw a gradual shift of businesses online, ranging from applications like Microsoft Teams for imparting knowledge in schools/colleges to doctors providing online consultation on platforms like Practo, etc.
Ever wondered how these apps are brought to life?… These are brought to life with the help of coding. Today machine learning, AI, app development & automation are becoming an important part of society. According to the national science foundation, it is predicted that in a decade there will be a rise of almost about 80% in jobs that would require some form of maths & science skills, another study quoted, the jobs related to AI & automation may grow to 20 to 50 million and more than 375 million workers globally. As new jobs will be invented requiring a new set of skills. Therefore, our country’s students must learn to write & build apps/programs from a very early age itself.
The Ministry of Education announced the “New Education Policy” in 2020, with some changes in the bookish education system of India for today’s tech-driven society, “mandating the teaching of coding techniques from class 6 onwards”.
Coding is a language that not only teaches children, how a range of apps & automation devices are built but also helps to sharpen their minds by inculcating problem-solving & analytical skills in them. Being one of the most populous countries in the world, with unmatched talent & more than 50% of the population below the age of 25 years, there is a lot of potentials that coding can bring in the country & help the government achieve its objectives of “Digital India” & “Make in India”.
Keeping in mind all these revolutions & changes that are taking place in our fast-paced digital society, we have four Ed-tech startups that will help your child gain the required skills & make them future-ready, amidst this pandemic.
1. Tinker Coders
Tinker Coders is an Ed-Tech startup established in March 2020. The business specializes in teaching K-12 students online coding with a range of courses to choose from, including Block-Based Programming, App Development, Artificial Intelligence & Python, Arduino Programming, Basic Electronics/Virtual Simulation of Electronic Circuits, and 3D Designing, depending on their interests & allows them to learn, and contribute to STEM education, robotics, the Internet of Things, and Artificial Intelligence (AI). The company has over 250,000 users, with a reach in over 40 countries. Tinker Coders has developed a network of 500+ educators to invest in enhancing children’s success in core academic subjects with the help of coding and experiential learning. Additionally, the company has courses available in English as well as in regional languages like Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi, Telugu, Kannada, Gujrati and many more. Tinker Coders is targeting the revenue of USD 250 million by expanding its product portfolios across 50+ countries in the next 5years and also looking forward to elevating the number of educators to 2000+ by next year.
2. Coding Ninja
Coding Ninja, founded in 2016 by Ankush Singla, Kannu Mittal, and Dhawal Parate. The company has a world-class teaching faculty and a cutting-edge learning platform for coding education. With 40,000+ students and alumni, 1000+ Campus ambassadors, 2000+ Teaching Assistants and 150+ staff make up the Coding Ninjas ecosystem today. Coding Ninjas offers both basic and advanced programming classes, including Machine Learning, Data Science, Web Development, and more. The courses are available in both English and Hindi and are available online. Their graduates work for all of the big technology and product companies in India and abroad.
3. Stay Qrious
Stay Qrious, founded by Aanand Srinivas is India’s new operating system for education that helps kids to gain important skills and attitudes that they cannot acquire from schools. The company has a coding curriculum based on deep research of the CSTA standards that are trusted by millions of schools and educators globally. Stay Qrious curriculum focuses the child, by asking curious questions and developing a deep foundation in coding. The company offers live online coding courses for grade 4-9 kids and help them to garner knowledge about STEM foundation and coding fundamentals. In addition, the courses assist children to learn how to think and solve problems creatively. Also inculcate team leadership and good communication skills amongst young minds.The company is looking forward to create a generation of kids who’d have built expert level coding fluency by applying it to other subjects and an unbeatable STEM foundation with all this even before they’ve entered high school.
4. Code Young
Code Young, formerly known as SmaOwl was founded in 2009 by Shailendra Dhakad & Rupika Taneja is a platform where children are free to let their imaginations run wild. It’s a forum where students are taught to be inventive, imaginative, and to use coding in unconventional ways. Their classes are designed for children aged 5 to 17. The company prefers a more hands-on organic approach to coding than other coding courses. Their courses are for children in grades 1-10, and the sessions are interactive, binge-worthy, bite-sized, and geared toward students. Code Young aims to foster creativity, build confidence and curiosity through coding by making school education more student-centric. Therefore helping kids to become creative, confident individuals and problem solvers of tomorrow.