KSUM launches Tech Challenge for School Children

Sunday, Aug 23, 2015,18:16 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Thiruvananthapuram | The Kerala Start UP Mission (KSUM) would join hands with Intel Technology India to launch the Kerala Chapter of Intel Tech Challenge, an innovation-in-education programme for school students.
Designed for students between classes nine to 12, the Intel Tech Challenge Kerala 2015 would initiate measure to develop an interest in design, discovery, coding and computational skills among children through play and learn activities, thus spurring creativity and scientific temperament.
The three-month long challenge has four phases: Online ideation workshop, submission of the synopsis, Makeathon and the finale. The winners of the Kerala challenge will get a direct entry to the Intel? Tech Challenge – India, a national-level platform, showcasing young ideas and innovations, to be held in December this year.
Students can apply to the Online workshop through the official website of KSUM from August 25. The workshop will introduce children to the range of Online resources, new ideas and coding paradigms thus motivating them to come up with a unique project synopsis by the end of the workshop. Project synopses are expected to get submitted by September 30.
The 100 selected participants will get a deep dive hands-on training, where they will have to detail the ideas and learn technologies from experts and evangelists of the maker community. Each project will get a technology-kit consisting of a micro-controller board with appropriate sensors, SD cards and connectors.
Students will have to turn their concept into reality in the Makeathon to be held in October and  selected participants will go to the finale of Intel Tech Challenge Kerala, which will be held in November. Those who excel in projects at this event will be selected to the Intel Tech Challenge India.
The KSUM CEO Jayasankar Prasad said the students should make use of this opportunity to develop boards such as Intel Galileo with adequate mentoring. This will  spark off an interest to brush-up their careers as designers, problems solvers, collaborators, communicators, innovators and producers, Dr Prasad added.