This New Electronics & Computing Lab Aims to Equip Students with New Age Skills


It is an initiative to encourage students to explore the growing opportunities in future skills such as AI, ML and IoT.

An Electronics & Computing Laboratory, which uses low-cost, open-source hardware and software, was inaugurated today at a school in Haryana to teach its students digital innovation in emerging technologies.

Dr Jaideep Mishra, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY), launched the lab at Pranavananda International School in Gurugram, Haryana.

The laboratory was set up as part of a philanthropic support in July 2019. The initiative intends to help children learn not just the software applications but the nuts and bolts of electronics so that they can use their creativity to build and modify devices, a school press release said.

The students get to operate on a number of electronic components including Raspberry Pi single-board computing device and Arduino board.

It is aimed at encouraging young minds to explore, have fun and be genuinely inclined towards the growing opportunities in future skills such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and internet of things (IoT), the release said.

Dr Jaideep Mishra said, “This Electronics and Computing Lab is a step in the right direction to provide children a foundational understanding of the world that surrounds them and get them started on their journey to deal with the evolving world of technology.”

Students demonstrate electronic projects

The lab has already trained around 50 students from class V. It is expected to benefit all 300 students studying in the school over the next one year.

During the inaugural event, students from the school showcased many electronic projects using breadboard, LEDs, resistors, low-cost sensors, etc.

They also showcased a working prototype of an electric battery by recreating a 4000-year-old concept described in the ancient text called Agastya Samhita.

Sanjay Kr. Vyas, OSD to Secretary, MeitY, also attended the event as a guest of honour. Speaking on the occasion, Vyas said, “Innovative curriculum being cultured in this lab would not only inculcate creativity, ‘learning by doing’ and problem-solving abilities in the young children, it would also help them to channelizing their energies into learning basic principles of new age technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, etc and their application to find solutions for real problems.”

The Electronics & Computing Lab is the brainchild of a group of working professionals who have established this unit as a social initiative and are also volunteering to train the teachers and students on these new and emerging concepts.