There are a lot of computer related activities held in the city of Pune. One of them is the ‘Interschool Compuskills Championship’ is organised by Acharya Shree Vijay Vallabh School and held anually (co-incidentally, our co-founder, Nikhil Karkare, was one of the advisors for this competition in the early years).
This competition requires students to create a project using ‘Scratch’. Scratch is a Visual Programming Language, by which one can program interactive stories, games and animation. The students are given topics, on which they have to create their projects.
The students need to present a story or a game of 2 to 4 minutes on any one of the given topics. Every year, Walnut school sends 5 teams (ranging from Std. 5 to 7 the Junior category). Our teachers guide students closely for this competition, guiding students to think, design and then program their project. They also help in asking mock questions to students which the judges might ask during the competition. Due to the tremendous effort taken by our students and our teachers, Walnut School has been a consistent winner for the past few years!
We start introducing computational thinking right from Std. 1 using the CSPathshala program (our co-founder is one of the core team members of this program). This helps in building analytical skills, programmatic thinking, devising algorithms etc., which are going to be necessary basic skills a few years from now. Check our blog scratch smart.