A student uses the Raspberry Pi setup
Google gets kids into programming through the Google India Code to Learn 2016 contest. In picture: A student uses the Raspberry Pi setupRohit Sabharwal

Technology has changed life as we know it, and a lot of that change has been brough about by programmers and coders who spend hours developing software that make life simple. Identifying the importance of coding and the need to start at a young age, Google has been running the Code to Learn programme supported by the Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan and is ready with the 2016 edition.

Peppered with illustrations by Alicia Souza that talk about how programming is changing the way we do everyday things, the programme aims to nurture the spirit of scientific inquiry and creativity, according to a post on Google India's official blog.

While programming has traditionally required that a coder learn a programming language, write code and spend several hours debugging it, Google believes programming can also be taught to kids in a fun way.

Scratch and App Inventor are a couple of MIT-developed programming tools that are used by schools to teach kids programming. These two tools enable users to develop apps, games and more, without having to worry about writing a single line of code.

Google is inviting kids studying between standards V and X to participate in the Code to Learn Contest 2016 and create their projects on either Scratch or App Inventor. Students can submit their projects starting June 20, 2016, with the cutoff date being July 31, 2016.

The contest has reportedly been adopted by the Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan and co-organised by ACM India and IIIT Delhi.

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