The Indian arm of Google is launching an online summer camp meant to educate local children and help them join knowledge with entertainment over the coming months, the company said Monday. The series of activities encompassed by the program includes exploring the world with Google Maps, learning foreign languages with Google Translate, and creating galleries with the help of Google Arts & Culture. The Alphabet-owned company is also working on a program that will help children create their very own app near the end of the Summer Camp so as to share their previous experiences with others.
The overall concept of the program is largely in line with Google's vision for the future of education outlined by Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai early this year; while the firm remains adamant coding isn't everything, it believes people should start learning digital skills from a very young age regardless of the career path they end up taking. The online program will be broken down into assignments which Google will be giving out through a dedicated website which can be accessed by referring to the banner below. New assignments will be introduced on a regular basis over the next month, with the first such task already being available online, designed to help teach children how to leverage Google Maps to enrich their knowledge of the world.
Four weeks from now, Google will be hosting a physical Summer Camp at its Gurgaon and Hyderabad campus, offering up to a hundred participants and their guardians a chance to embrace some entirely new experiences. The Mountain View, California-based tech giant is hoping parents will recognize its initiative as an opportunity to encourage their kids to learn and have fun, having signaled more similar programs are likely to be introduced in the near future. India remains one of Google's largest overseas focus points, with the company catering to the South Asian country with everything from localized apps to consumer electronics such as the Pixel 2 lineup of Android flagships.