Feynlabs, The Startup That Teaches Children How to Code.
Anyone with a simple enough mind to read and think can easily learn to code, at leas that’s what Ajita Jaokar believes.
“Today, everyone needs to understand how to code, but yet, we teach programming in exactly the same way we have for 60 years. We are developing a set of techniques that accelerate the early-stage learning of programming and computer science,” said Jaokar, who has also done research in smart cities, big data and transcontinental technology policy.
Feynlabs finally feels ready, and Miami will be its first step on for a global launching pad. With a recent increasing tech scene and Miami’s position with Latin America and Europe, as well as the area’ high immigrant culture and its “social ethos” said Jaokar, who was born in India himself. Miamo social media expert Alex de Carvalho will be on Feynlabs advisory board.
Now Feynlabs is ready, and Miami will be its global launching pad. Attractions were the growing tech scene and Miami’s positioning to Latin America and Europe, as well as the area’s rich immigrant culture and its “social ethos,” said Jaokar, who was born in India. Miami social media expert Alex de Carvalho is on Feynlabs’ advisory board.
Nine-year-old Summer Stanley had enjoyed her time at the workshop that was led by Jaoker and introduced her to Raspberry Pi and Python programming language. Her father, Levy Stanley, had commented that she loved it so much that the family had purchased a Raspberry Pi for her and easily affordable sized computer that was plugged into a TV and keyboard, along with several other programming book. Her grandmother even dished out for a programmable robot.
“Think of tech education like going from 0 to 60 like the acceleration of a cheetah. Our course is designed to accelerate the early-stage learning of programming,” said Jaokar. “This matters because once a child drops out at an early stage, it’s hard to get them back.”
While working with the children, Feynlabs has noticed the learning differences of boys and girls, For example, the boys respond positively towards games and competitions, while the girls learn better when their project is connected to a “cause” he said. Joaker is also interested in finding a way to work with children who have Autism.