Bringing Computational Thinking to Schools
A Workshop on “Bringing Computational Thinking to Schools –CSpathshala” was organized by ACM-India and Tata Consultancy Services under the Sponsorship of Google and in association with Chitkara University on 15th July, 2017. The main objective of this workshop was to deliberate on the need to teach computing as a science. Workshop received an overwhelming response with participation of 180 Principals,Computer Teachers, Directors, Heads from various schools and organisations across Tricity, and surrounding areas.
About CSpathshala: ACM India K-12 computer science education initiative is aimed to promote the teaching of computing as a science in schools of Chandigarh for 1-8 grades, during academic year 2017-18.
Dr. Madahvan Mukund, Dean of Studies and a professor of Computer Science at Chennai Mathematical Institute, and President – ACM India addressed the keynote with significant relevance of computational thinking at school for students in this digital revolution.
Mr. Chandrashekhar Sahasrabudhe (Persistent Systems Ltd) and COO of ACM, talked on efforts of ACM contribution to society in Computing, and its visibility on activities across India at increasing level with respect to membership, number of chapters, sponsored conferences and symposia.
Ms. Sonia Garcha shared that CSpathshala’s overall strategy is to first create awareness on why computer science should be taught in schools and how computer science is different from the current ICT curriculum. She also enlightened the participants with lot of examples.
The workshop provided highly informative knowledge and significance of computing at school level. Participants appreciated the sessions conducted by eminent speakers and gave note-worthy feedback about the topics covered.