Inviting students to participate in Code to Learn contest 2018
It’s time to let the coder in you come alive as the Code to Learn competition is back for its fifth edition. But, what is Code to Learn? Students from Class 5 to 10 from any school in India can be nominated by their school teacher to show their coding genius on Scratch or App Inventor to develop a fun Games, Animations, Story-telling or an Android app; without writing even one line of programming language code!

Over the years, Computer Science and Programming has evolved and become one of the strongest means of solving real-life problems. Be it helping underprivileged kids with book donations using an app, sending their friends innovative greetings through an app or making an app to help simplify learning for kids with dyslexia.

The Code to Learn competition is a platform for students to learn the basics of coding and build a strong foundation in Computer Science. Children are exposed to technology much earlier than ever before, and we believe that these foundational years are the best time to start nurturing their scientific inquisitiveness and curiosity. Through a fun and engaging way, we aim to teach students how to use technology to solve problems around them.

In line with this objective, we have been running the Code to Learn competition for school students in India for the last 5 years. The program has also been adopted by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India under the Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan.  

The contest registrations are now open and students from across India can submit their projects by August 31, 2018. There are links to online tutorials for both Scratch and App Inventor on the contest site and are very easy to learn.

In addition to this, we will also host training programs for teachers who can further teach their students in the classrooms. Teachers can register for the training on this form. We are excited about this year's contest, and are looking forward to seeing the innovation and creativity that students will present to us via their projects.

Code to Learn is co-organized by ACM India and IIIT Delhi. ACM is the worldwide society for scientific and educational computing with an aim to advance Computer Science both as a science and as a profession. IIIT Delhi is a research-oriented university based in Delhi.

By Ashwani Sharma, Head of University Relations and Computer Science Outreach, Google India