In the US, computer science is (unfortunately) a privilege

There’s a reason why Silicon Valley has a reputation for being the land of young, white, privileged programmers.If you look at the make-up of students today, white children who grow up in higher-income households with educated parents are more likely to have a computer at home and access to computer science classes, according to a new survey from Gallup that was commissioned by Google. (The report surveyed 1,673 students in seventh to 12th grades, 1,685 parents, 1,013 teachers, 9,693 principals, and 1,865 school district superintendents.)Read More

Ken Robinson

In the last forty years, the population of the world has doubled from less than three billion to more than seven billion. We are the largest population of human beings ever to be on Earth at the same time, and the numbers are rising precipitously. At the same time, digital technologies are transforming how we all work, play, think, feel and relate to each other. That revolution has barely begun. The old systems of education were not designed with this world in mind. Improving them by raising conventional standards will not meet the challenges we now face.

A 12-year-old App Developer

Thomas Suarez’s interest in technology and programming led him to learn Python, Java, and C “just to get the basics down.” Most 12-year-olds love playing video games — Thomas Suarez taught himself how to create them. He built an app and then coaxed his parents into paying the $99 fee to get his app, Earth Fortune, in the app store. He also started an app club at school to help other kids build and share their creations, and is now starting his own company, CarrotCorp.

Mark Zuckerberg

The internet is one of the most powerful tools for economic and social progress. It gives people access to jobs, knowledge and opportunities. It gives voice to the voiceless in our society, and it connects people with vital resources for health and education.

Ayush Sharma Gets Admission into MIT

The stillness of air in a house in Kanpur turned into a bang of celebrations, when Ayush Sharma, 17 realized that he has been selected at the world-famous Massachusetts’s Institute of Technology or MIT. He is also been rewarded with the scholarship of a crore which will cover his tuition expenses.

His journey for this achievement shows that one doesn’t needs to be fed from a silver spoon to make something big. Hailing from an average family, Father being a mechanic and mother a retired constable of the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force, Ayush didn’t let his outside circumstances to mould his dreams. He made the best of the things he got and hence he made the difference. In his own words “I am one of the three people selected for MIT from India, so I am very happy,” he said.

Ayush was a meritorious and a bright student. Being a topper at the Kendriya Vidyalaya in Kanpur, he joined a coaching centre Avanti, started by two IIT Bombay graduates, Mr.Krishna Ram Kumar and Mr. Akshay Saxena for those who can’t afford expensive tuition classes. In 2014, through the same coaching centre, Ayush travelled for a two-week summer course to Yale.

Interestingly, When he graduates, he will be the first member of his family with a college degree.

Ayush will travel to the US to begin his college life in September. We at logical Indians wish him all the best for his future and we pray that he accomplishes his dreams.


Curiosity Is as Important as Intelligence

There seems to be wide support for the idea that we are living in an “age of complexity”, which implies that the world has never been more intricate. This idea is based on the rapid pace of technological changes, and the vast amount of information that we are generating (the two are related). Yet consider that philosophers like Leibniz (17th century) and Diderot (18th century) were already complaining about information overload.Read More

10 Places Where Anyone Can learn to Code

Teens, tweens and kids are often referred to as “digital natives.” Having grown up with the Internet, smartphones and tablets, they’re often extraordinarily adept at interacting with digital technology. But Mitch Resnick, who spoke at TEDxBeaconStreet, is skeptical of this descriptor. Sure, young people can text and chat and play games, he says, “but that doesn’t really make you fluent.”Read More