Laidlaw Second Summer Report

Hi everyone, in my second summer of the program, I was able to conduct a practical continuation of my study on the impact of coding and technology on the educational and further aspirations of students from different backgrounds in Western India.

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Through my second summer, I was able to contact 4 schools from different sections of Rural and Urban India which had differing levels of access and exposure to coding to participate in a simple coding challenge. The aim of this challenge was to bring students and teachers together from different sections of India and have them collaborate to submit a game as part of a competition. Despite COVID enforced limitations, the week-long competition and subsequent work with each of the schools allowed me to continue my analysis of the impact of coding and ICT on school students and the importance of it being furthered in Indian school curriculum. Additionally, I was able to work with the Raspberry Pi Foundation and have created a system for the challenge to continue annually and made collaboration over coding in schools across India possible. 

Shauryya Vira

Student , Durham University

I am 19 years old and a 2nd-year student, reading Economics at Durham University. I’m from India, with British descent, and completed my schooling in New Delhi. English is my natural language; I am also fluent in Hindi and can understand French. I am deeply interested in football and have been playing at school and amateur league levels for over a decade. Watching and supporting club and international football is a passion. Despite my main degree subject being Economics, I find that I continue to be fascinated by psychology (which I may pursue further) and in sociological fields of work. My research is based on whether coding and broader digital literacy can help bridge the socio-economic divide for underprivileged students. My research involves taking two schools as case studies of differing economic strata in the Western Indian city of Udaipur. I will be conducting primary research through an ethnographic study and through conducting interviews, alongside secondary data analysis. I believe that, due to the ever-increasing global shift to greater levels of technology and artificial intelligence, a core learning of coding is important. This aspect has the potential to enhance economic opportunities for otherwise disadvantaged sections of the population. There is a gap in academic literature on this topic, and available research is limited. Therefore, I hope that my work will further the understanding of the linkages between Technology Education for All and bridging the socio-economic divide. I hope to further generalize the research as a policy framework which can be followed by schools and governments.