Thanks to an exciting new program, young learners can tap in and learn about the wonders of space using computer programming.

Interactive Gaming To Learn Computer Coding

According to a press release sent to AfroTech, BYJU’S is teaming up with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson in partnership with StarTalk to launch the AfterSchool program.

Students will be introduced to computer coding through an interactive gaming application that will take them on an adventure through space.

The purpose of the program is to ensure children ages 8 through 12 will broaden their knowledge of space while using computer coding to advance their critical skills.

“The AfterSchool coding program was inspired by a common trend we noticed amongst our students worldwide,” said Sajid Shariff, Global Head of Growth for BYJU’S, according to a press release. “Regardless of culture, location, or background, kids are fascinated by and interested in space. With the help of this generation’s most passionate cosmic storyteller, Neil deGrasse Tyson, we are thrilled to deliver a curriculum for kids around the world that blends a love of space with the ability to learn how to code.”

A Commitment To BYJU’S

Tyson’s involvement is a continuation of a previous commitment for BYJU’S Summer Camp this past summer. Students were exposed to STEM, arts, gaming, and cuisine, among others, with the help of experts including Tyson, Sophia the Robot, and Chef Logan Guleff.

Now, Tyson will work with the education technology company to improve students’ coding skills as they embark on four adventures increasing in difficulty. Courses include Asteroid Travel, Black Hole Escape, Exoplanet Explorer, and Mars Traveler.

“I was delighted to be asked to help develop astronomical content from scratch,” said Tyson in a press release. “It’s important to nurture free-range kids by creating a free-range place for them to explore, discover, be curious, and ask crazy questions. Why? Because that’s how kids learn.”

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