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Pi Labs

location_on Pune, India

Building future-preparedness through holistic Computer Science education

Pi Jam is a for-impact non-profit organization that uses open-source, affordable technology tools and internationally benchmarked and highly contextualized curriculum and pedagogy to equip students with technological and future-ready skills (like Problem Solving & Critical Thinking). Pi Jam advocates for initiatives that reduce barriers for students at multiple levels of the education system.

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Overview

HundrED has selected this innovation to

HundrED Global Collection 2023

Web presence

2017

Established

80K

Children/users

1

Countries
Organisation
Not-for-profit
Target group
All
Updated
January 12th, 2023
Digital inequity deprives kids from access to information and being active participants in a VUCA world.At Pi Jam we strongly believe that young people need to be able to shape tech as it shapes them.

About the innovation

Why did you create this innovation?

Students from under-resourced Government schools in India lack exposure to technology, putting them at a significant disadvantage compared to their peers in India and the world. As the pace of evolution and integration of technology in the world accelerates, we want students to actively shape and influence technology rather than remaining passive consumers.

How does your innovation work in practice?

Through partnerships with the Government education system, we deliver a holistic Computer Science education program for students from grades 5 to 10 as part of their regular school timetable. Teachers are trained on pedagogy and best practices to ensure optimal classroom learning. Using open-source and affordable tools, students learn concepts such as Algorithms, Data Representation and Programming while building their Critical Thinking, Computational Thinking and Problem Solving abilities. The internationally benchmarked curriculum is contextualised to our students and is grade-specific with links to other subjects such as Math and Science. The year-long program incorporates hands-on designing through identification of issues in the local communities by students and creation of technology-based prototype solutions which are showcased at an annual fair. Student learning and teacher growth is measured through assessments 3 times a year.

How has it been spreading?

Our approach to reaching more students can be summed up in 3 key activities; demonstration, role-modelling and advocacy. Over the past 4 years, Pi Labs have been set up in over 50 schools across the country where we have demonstrated the potential of Computer Science in opening up new pathways for students. The country’s National Education Plan (2020) outlines the importance of Computer Science education starting from middle school. We advocate to and have partnered with local and/or State education departments of several states for the adoption of Computer Science in school. As part of role-modelling, and informed by our experience of demonstration, we equip educators from across the country with the knowledge and skills needed to teach Computer Science in their classrooms.

If I want to try it, what should I do?

Affordable, globally relevant and designed to be contextualized - Pi Labs can be set up anywhere.First,establish an understanding with the local education authorities & work with the system.Next,procure Raspberry Pis and train instructors on the pedagogy & technical knowledge needed to adapt our curriculum to the local context.Finally, make learning hands-on to prepare students to be future ready.

Impact & scalability

HundrED Academy Reviews
The innovation provides reasons for scalability by stressing on the number of years they've been in existence, spanning over the 4 years, and have been set up in over 50 schools across the country.
This innovation has strong potential for impact. It's reaching students in affordable, connected, and meaningful ways, while helping them build critical 21st century skills.
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