feynlabs has now been launched!
Since our launch on facebook in June 2012 - Concepts of Programming Languages for Kids , in four months, more than 30,000 people have LIKEd our facebook page and the ideas behind concepts of programming languages for kids were published in one of the worlds leading educational journals
I keep refining our vision and here is how it stands
What was the first programming language you learned?
But the point is – it’s a specific programming language you began with.
Fast forward a few years – if you did end up studying computer science, you studied the ‘Concepts of Programming Languages’ or the ‘Philosophy of Computer science’ at the Masters level for a computer science course
We are a social enterprise.
Social – because we share information freely;
Enterprise – because our service will create value for our customers, by identifying a tech talent pool .
Our name is inspired from one of the greatest scientists, teachers and humanists – Richard Feynmann .
Who do we serve? .. For ..
- Kids and the young at heart – we are a new way to learn computing
- Society – we help in developing skills for 21 century employment by creating an interest in programming, science and mathematics
- Companies – feynlabs is a new way to identify talent
- Economies – we help developing an interest in technology and the possibility of new startups
Some of the ideas on which our methodology is based are:
- We discuss programming as a part of a wider problem solving, conceptual strategy.
- We work with real life examples and solve small, specific problems
- We take a non-linear / hypertext approach i.e. we try to encourage learning of programming concepts along the path best suited for you
- We emphasise algorithms and maths – for example pattern matching algorithms are similar conceptually to genome sequencing
- We teach computing ‘inside out’ – we emphasise the machine(hardware), Programming and Algorithms
- We value both IPR and open source
- We are inclusive - We want to encourage people to learn computing – so we are trying to provide a smooth learning curve which makes it interesting and also provides depth. One of the goals is to find out why people stop programming (i.e. what makes them lose interest in programming)
- We value entrepreneurship. I have a Dream, that some of the young people who learn these concepts will go on to create great enterprises based on computing to the betterment of society
We are working on some initial trials with schools, educators and also online. The trial comprises of three parts.
On completion, the participant gets a certificate. The modules will be visual as far as possible and will explore specific concepts which we build up on.
Ironically, our goal is not to teach you how to program but rather our goal is that you should be able to rapidly learn any programming language
Comments/feedback welcome at ajit.jaokar at futuretext.com
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