Gyanada CS Fellowship Program


Organisation:  Gyanada Foundation

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Do you want to be the better version of yourself?

Do you want to transform lives through the power of education?

Do you believe that computer science influences learning in creative and realistic ways? 

Join this movement!  Be a Gyanada CS Fellow! 

Submit your application here https://goo.gl/forms/t4ETZrdBnfxTUqBp1 

 

Read more about the program below

What is Binary Story?

The Binary Story is a program designed and deployed in schools to introduce school kids, especially from underprivileged backgrounds, to Computer Science (CS) and its three component domains: Computational Thinking, Coding and Leadership/Management in order to develop the attributes of real-world problem-solving, creativity and teamwork skills in the students.

This Program is planned and executed by The Gyanada Foundation, a non-profit working primarily in the sector of girl child education by exposing female students to increased educational opportunities. The Gyanada Foundation was started in late 2013 and originally started their good work by providing scholarships to girls from financially disadvantaged backgrounds to attend affordable private schools. However, it was quickly apparent that solely providing educational support would not be sufficient to ensure improved access and continued exposure to learning and overall development. Hence, Gyanada Labs was created as an intervention to address the gap between schooling and learning. Binary Story was one of the first initiatives of Gyanada Labs launched.

We conducted our first workshop in August 2015, with 15 vernacular medium students, and introduced them to the fundamentals of computer programming. They were taught on a world-class software, Scratch, developed by MIT Media Labs targeted at introducing and improving computer science (or computational skills). The success of this workshop translated into a 6-month pilot program with 12 street girls learning Scratch more intensively.

 

Binary Story is an outcome of the continued assessment and learnings we gained while doing our pilot program to introduce students to the realm of computer programing.  

 

Starting in June 2018 the organization will deploy the new and India’s first CS program in schools.

How does it work?

  • In June 2018 the program starts with a minimum of 5 unaided schools. In each school, we pick 20 students (with approximately 70-80% batch girls) and for one batch of 20 students, two fellows are assigned. The fellows are essentially the teachers who go to the school twice every week and conduct a two-hour session.

  • These sessions are conducted over a span of one year.

  • All curriculum and relevant training are given to the fellows by the Program Team so no prior experience in teaching or any superior knowledge of coding is required. Fellows will be armed with detailed session per session plan and the Program Team is always there to guide them.

  • These fellows for the year 2018 pilot program must complete the one-year fellowship and on doing so will receive a Certificate of Completion and a Letter of proof of completion of the Gyanada CS Fellowship.

  • Each Gyanada Lab is essentially an up-to-date Linux based computer Lab driven by Open source software and learning material. These labs thus provide an open and unhindered learning cum tech-oriented space for the Gyanada Coders and ensure active participation and engagement both before and after the Binary Story Program.

A fellow’s job is to facilitate, guide and assess the one-year CS program in one school with a batch of 20 students for two hours session per week for a year.

Program Structure

Year 1 Concepts:

  • The sequence of instructions (Control Flow)

  • Algorithms and Pseudo Code

  • Data Structures and Variables

  • Conditionals

  • Loops

  • Functions

  • Event Handlers


Semester 1 (Tool: Scratch)

12 - 16 sessions (3 - 4 months)

  1. Concept Projects I - 4 sessions

  2. Project Building I - 5 sessions (with the final session for presenting the project to class)

  3. Concept Projects II - 2 sessions

  4. Project Building* II - 1-5 sessions (with the final session for presenting the project to class)


*if only 1 sessions then only one Concept Project session, 4 Project Building 1 and at least three Project Building 2.


Semester 2 (Tool: Python)

12 - 16 sessions (3 - 4 months)

  1. Concept Projects I - 4 sessions

  2. Project Building I- 5 sessions (with the final session for presenting the project to class)

  3. Concept Projects II - 2 sessions

  4. Project Building* II - 1-5 sessions (with the final session for presenting the project to class)


*if only 1 sessions then only one Concept Project session, 4 Project Building 1 and at least three Project Building 3.


**Same concepts touched upon via two ‘interfaces’ or ‘tools’. Thus emphasis is always on connecting everything back to the concept and not amassing skills.


In addition to this, at least one study visit shall be arranged in Tech Spaces, Companies and FabLabs to expose students to real-life innovation and current technologies.


Teaching methodology:

  1. Concept projects are projects are projects designed to specifically introduce certain concepts to the students.

  2. Once the concepts are understood the project is discarded.

  3. During the Project Building sessions, the students are then expected to string together the concepts that they have learned to build new innovative projects with. This kind of teaching ensures that the sessions are run like an actual boot camp wherein hands-on learning and Project Building in addition to teamwork and project management skills.



Concept Projects are a source of  Key Concepts which are combined together to build Innovation Projects

Fellowship Parameters

1. Teaching: Execute the two semesters in the school. You’ll be using a well-documented syllabus and teaching CS concepts to 7th-grade kids from un-aided schools. You’ll also conduct regular assessments for the kids to keep both their learning progress and your teaching progress up-to-date. Over the course of one year, you (with another fellow) will become CS Educators, Assessors, Mentors….more than that good friends to 20 budding school kids reading to learn from you. Get used to being called Bhaiya and Didi. :)

What are the Fellowship Takeaways? What do I get as a fellow?


Okay. Let’s begin.


First of all, you spend one year as a Computer Science Educator. You act not only as a teacher but also as a mentor and assessor for 20 school kids taking them from a level where they have very cute smiles and zero coding knowledge to a level where they become confident problem solvers and computational thinkers ...and still have cute smiles. Spending one year in a class conducting max up to 2 sessions per week can teach you a lot about management, leadership, and self-development. There will surely be a before and after story with you as a fellow. You’ll learn that building an ideal classroom takes the time it isn’t a one day job. There will be days you’ll be frustrated and days when you’ll be at the top of the world. Point is there will be lots of learning. Lots. And you get to share cool pics of you being a CS Bhaiyya or CS Didi with your kids on your Instagram account. I mean cmon. What more do you want!


Second thing...One year Work Experience. As a Gyanada Fellow teaching won’t be your only job. Yeah yeah, call us demanding. But believe me, it’s only for your own good. Ever thought what it would feel like to work on the backend of a non-profit organization? You’ve seen non-profits from the outside but what do they look from the inside. How do nonprofits raise funding? How do manage day-to-day operations? Well here is a chance to learn all of that stuff. As a Fellow, you’ll have to be a part of the Program Team. You’ll be asked to choose one track from 5 pre-decided tracks. Once you make that choice - you’ll essentially be working in that team as a regular employee. Don’t worry. We know you may not be the super-specialist at that. At Gyanada we don’t believe anyone's a specialist. So when you join the team we’ll learn from you and you learn from us. Simple policy Bro/Ben! No prior experience needed. Let the cup be completely empty. Over the span of a year, you’ll get the requisite work experience of working in a professional non-profit organization as part of the Program Team of India’s first CS Fellowship for college students. Work Experience that we do hope you’ll show off in bold on your resume. :)


ThirdlyThe Letter of Recommendation… On completing the one year CS Fellowship you’re entitled to a proper Letter of Recommendation from the Co-Founder of The Gyanada Foundation who will be directly interacting and working with you throughout the year. Yeah. We don’t believe in red-tape and long hierarchies. Yup. You’ll be working with the biggies of the Foundation. Scared? Don’t be. Just give your best.

The letter of recommendation will be a comprehensive and specialized letter based on your work performance both as an educator and as a member of the Program Team driving inputs from both the co-founder and the other Program heads you’ll be working with. Not under. With. Again we don’t believe in hierarchies. We take professional equality very very seriously.

Fourth… After a year of completing both semesters you will receive an Official Letter of Appreciation and a beautiful...okay correction...very beautiful certificate stating that you Sir/Madam are a Gyanada CS Fellow.


 







 

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