Create Animated Videos To Explain Programming

Objective

Code Chautari is an after-school program for public schools in Nepal with a series of connected classes on Computer Literacy and Computer Programming. It aims to develop computer skills, build computational thinking and problem solving skills.

We run a one year course where students learn basic computer skills and then transition to understanding basic concepts of computer programming using Scratch and Python. Currently, we do only in-person classes only where a facilitator/teacher is present. To increase impact, we want to develop online materials so that other kids who aren’t participating in our classes can also learn something about computers, technology, computer tools, programming, etc.

Since we work with middle school students (12-15 years old), we want to start with some fun animated videos mostly around two topics viz Computers and Computer Programming. Though these videos are targeted towards kids of 12-15 age group, they can be equally useful for teachers of the schools and adults looking to learn about computer programming.

Based on the contents provided, the person will make animated videos that will help kids understand computers, algorithms and computer programming in a very fun, child-friendly way without digging too deep into technical details. It is preferred if videos are relatable to the kids in a real life experience. 

The person can have creative freedom in developing the videos while keeping them consistent with the objectives and keeping them safe, child-friendly and inclusive

With this volunteering project, you will get opportunities to:

  • Make an impact on Nepali kid's futures.
  • Use your animating, video making skills for a more educational purpose.
  • Interact with students of public schools in Nepal virtually (if necessary).
  • Better understand the educational challenges and opportunities in Nepal’s public schools related to Computer Science.
     

Deliverables

Animated videos

  • Short videos (not more than 5 minutes); one for each topic/subtopic as required
  • There shouldn’t be too many concepts explained in one video; one or two is preferred.
  • The videos will be uploaded to YouTube and so the format should be as per required.
  • Each video will be in two languages - English and Nepali; texts and voice overs. Translations in Nepali language will be provided by the Code Chautari team.
  • The number of videos to be submitted isn’t fixed as of yet. It shall be fixed after discussion with the team based on contents.

Documentation

  • Write a piece (blog or article) about the experiences while developing videos during this project

Resources provided

The person will be provided with contents (written texts, possible images, scripts etc.) for the videos. The contents will broadly cover two ideas.

  • Ideas/concepts around computers and technology that are important for a kid to learn in the modern information and digital age. This could be something like - “What are computers? What are the core parts of computers and their usage? How do computers work? What is the use of a binary language in computers?” etc.
  • Algorithms and Programming concepts :  Events, variables, loops, functions, conditions, arithmetic operators, logical operators, etc.

 

  • Discussion with the students, teachers from a public school if required.
  • Support in understanding contents from the Code Chautari team.
  • Nepali translations of texts and voice overs.
  • Our current curriculum if required.
     

Milestones

1

Orientation

  • Discuss with Code Chautari team to better understand objectives of the project, expectations and deliverables
  • Discussions about learning/understanding level of students in public schools of Nepal
     

2

Initial Concept Note

  • Submit initial concept plans and take feedback from the Code Chautari team.
  • The note should contain a tentative framework of what will be in the videos, storyboards, timeline, support required, etc.
     

3

First draft

  • Submit the first draft and take feedback.
  • The video draft should have at least some implementation of animations based on contents.
     

4

Second draft

  • Submit second edited videos and take feedback.
  • These drafts should be almost finalized except the translations in Nepali language.
     

5

Translation into Nepali

  • Coordinate with Code Chautari team to get texts and voice overs in Nepali language
  • Based on translation documents provided, produce a copy of each video in Nepali language as well.
     

6

Final submission

  • Submit final videos to the Code Chautari along with any necessary original project files for further edits in the future.
     

7

Documentation

  • Write a piece (blog or article) about the experiences while developing videos during this project
     

8

Final debrief 

  • Final discussion, reflection and experiences sharing with the Code Chautari team

Skills & Languages

The ideal volunteer would have proven experience with designing illustrations and making animated videos using any software.

Experiences of teaching middle year school students would be a nice-to-have skill, though not mandatory.
 

Skills

Graphic Design
Animation Videos
Video Editing

Languages

English

Skills

Writing
Teaching or workshop facilitation

Languages

About the Non-Profit

Code Chautari

Overview

Code Chautari is one of those interventions, an idea that, provided with a quality education on computer literacy and programming, students in public schools could develop the necessary skills empowering them to compete globally. We are currently running an after school program for public schools with a series of connected classes on Computer Literacy and Computational Thinking. Classes run 5 days a week, with extended classes if necessary. Each class is about an hour long which encompasses PBL (Problem based learning) and hands-on learning approach. Students learn not from books or teachers, but experientially by doing on the computer itself. The primary beneficiaries of the program are all the participating kids in our classes. They experience direct involvement with all the activities and instructor support. The secondary beneficiaries of the program are: a. Other non-participating students, friends and family members of participants. b. Teachers of the school through workshops and training.

Mission

Every child deserves to code and bring their imagination to life.

Our mission has five main pillars.

Computer Literacy

Make kids computer literate so that they can use digital tools and the internet to build other skills and knowledge required for higher studies or future career.

Computational Thinking

Develop computational thinking ideas ( Decomposition, Pattern Recognition, Abstraction and Algorithmic Design ) and problem solving skills through programming/coding as a tool.

Self-Directed Learning

Develop 'self-directed learning' mindset and researching skills. Build habits of using digital tools to strengthen and broaden knowledge in any topic or subject.

Career

Provide exposure to the kids about programming so that they can experience it first-hand and decide for themselves if they see it as a subject/career they want to pursue in the future.

4C's of 21st Century Learning Skills

Develop the four C’s - Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking, Collaboration in students' mental processes required to adapt and improve upon a modern work/study environment

History

For the first phase, Code Chautari was implemented in Jana Uddhar Secondary School (JUSS) in Budhanilakantha, Kathmandu, Nepal. This project in JUSS was supported by NDC Conferences. Initially, 16 students from grade 7 and 8 (male and female ratio maintained to 50:50) participated in the classes.

7 of these students successfully completed a one year course on Computer Literacy, Introduction to Programming and Computational Thinking unit by submitting 4 Computer Literacy assessments, 30 guided projects and 1 final project in Scratch along with 20 programming examples in Python.

7 of them successfuly completed a six months course on Computer Literacy and Introduction to Scratch Programming by submitting 4 Computer Literacy assessments and 10 guided projects in Scratch. 

1 of them successfully completed a six months course on Introduction to Programming and Computational Thinking by submitting  30 guided projects and 1 final project in Scratch along with 20 programming examples in Python.


Amrit Puri
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Application Deadline

Sep 15, 2021
VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED
START AND END DATE

Oct 15, 2021

Nov 15, 2021
PROJECT INFORMATION

Virtual

Design & Media
TIME REQUIREMENTS

5-10 HOURS PER WEEK
UN SDGS SUPPORTED