Kogics aims to provide:
- A Virtual Lab containing interactive tools and games, aimed at kids in the grade 3-10 range, for playing with selected topics in Math and Physics.
- Guided tutorials, aimed at kids in the grade 5-8 range, on basic computer programming and computer art - and their synthesis.
- Innovative Lesson Plans built in collaboration with teachers, in order to make classroom teaching and learning more fun, interactive and linked with the world outside.
- Essays and articles on interesting ideas and concepts in Math and Computer Science.
The interactive tools and games on this website are written using a wonderful programming language called Scala, and are powered by the Java Platform. The game-pages are hosted within the Google Cloud, and use Python for server-side logic. The rest of this website is hosted on a great wiki-farm called Wikidot.
Lalit Pant (Founder)
Lalit is a Codecrafter, Software Architect, and Teacher based out of Dehradun, India. He spends his work/hobby time teaching Math and Computer Programming to school-children, and trying to have fun writing software. Lalit has worked as a professional programmer for over 16 years - in roles all the way from Junior Programmer to CTO - designing and developing software for companies in the United States, Europe, and India. He has also written articles for popular programming magazines like Dr. Dobbs Journal and Java Report. He has several Patents pending against his name (although he is not too proud of that fact, given his Open Source leanings!). His current software-related areas of interest are: Interactive Tools and Games in Education, Programming Languages, Genetic Algorithms, Concurrency, Distributed Computing, and Artificial Intelligence. You can follow his technical writings on his Blog.
Lalit is a graduate of IIT Kanpur. He has a postgraduate degree from IIT Delhi.
Focus Area: Product Design and Market Research
Vibha is a Market Researcher with many years of experience working in the analytics department of one of the top Direct-Marketing/Market-Research firms in the US. She has a postgraduate degree (with a 4.0 GPA) from the acclaimed Market Research masters program at the University of Texas at Arlington. Vibha also has an MBA degree in HR.
Focus Area: Community Building, School Outreach, and Marketing
Nikhil has been working with school children and college youth for over 15 years. He left his Civil Engineering job to teach at Manava Bharati School, New Delhi, in 1996. He has developed Child Centric Learning By Doing (CCLBD) modules - SAMEER & MAITREYA - that focus on enabling & empowering children to discover their true calling in life. Parents, College Youth and Corporate executives (as part of CSR) volunteer in implementing these modules - both in schools as well as in neighbourhoods. More of his thoughts are available on his Blog and in this Essay.
Core Testing Team
Ruchi, Shivam, Swati, and Nisha
Since its inception in 1992 in New Delhi, India, REACHA has been working to organize genuine Community Based Organizations (CBOs) which empower the individual and also promote community interests in a cohesive manner. Over the past decade, REACHA has successfully experimented with education and knowledge-sharing in communities. The results of these exhaustive experiments have been encapsulated into deliverable modules for schools, neighbourhoods, institutions and corporate organizations, so that they can be effectively plugged into the existing educational system and learning environments. REACHA has also been instrumental in training over 10,000 volunteers in the last one decade - to improve living conditions in the rural areas of India.