Published: 24th December 2019
How you can take a STEP closer to success with this latest 'gamified' learning app
In addition to getting access to innovative learning methods and storytelling, students from classes 5 to 11 can avail scholarships and even get mentored by IIT alumni using the STEPapp
In today's age of digitalisation, there are a plethora of apps that aim to make learning easier and more interesting for children. STEPapp, the latest offering from Mumbai-based Eduisfun Technologies which makes use of gaming as a medium to teach concepts, is no different, except that its mission is to create a bank of knowledge for meritorious children for the country; it is affordable, mobile data-efficient (as it works on the most basic of smartphones with minimal data requirement) and even offers attractive scholarships to students! STEPapp was recently launched by Amitabh Bachchan at a glittering event held in Mumbai.
We spoke to Praveen Tyagi, Founder and CEO, Eduisfun Technologies, to understand how their app is going to 'revolutionise K-12 education the country' as they claim. Excerpts from a conversation:
What was the idea behind developing the STEPapp?
We wanted to create a level-playing field for students irrespective of their income, status or economic status by leveraging gamified learning, story-telling, scholarships and benefits for all stakeholders such as parents, teachers and education policymakers. And that's exactly what we did. STEPapp comes from the IITian's PACE family, a group which has 20 years of experience in creating success stories for kids, some of whom are now change-makers at leading companies across the world. It is this experience which makes STEPapp confident about the learning methodology it is introducing to revolutionise K-12 education in India.
What do you think is lacking in the Indian education system and how can your app help?
I think that innovation and creativity are lacking in the education system. We have to embrace the fact that the future of K-12 education lies in its 'gamification' - making it more interesting and informative. Our app has been field-tested in both tribal schools and the posh bastions of privileged educational institutions; and in both places, we have received rave reviews thus proving that our content that has been developed by 400-plus IITians and professors is our key to success.
Praveen Tyagi, Founder and CEO, Eduisfun Technologies with students
Why is the app unique?
STEPapp's syllabus is mapped to the curriculum of school boards such as ICSE and CBSE. Students can get conceptual clarity in a fun way and their speed and accuracy are gauged. Parents and teachers get detailed reports of the student's progress, strengths and weaknesses via SMS and email on a real-time basis. STEPapp will make every child reach their fullest potential and convert them into a national asset.
Could you explain your various programmes in detail?
STEPapp aims at building Maths and Science proficiency for students from classes 5 to 11 via two programmes - STEP Scholar and STEP Learn. STEP Learn breaks down tough concepts into easy to understand capsules and then tests the children on their learning in a gamified format. Students cannot move on to the next learning capsule until they answer all questions correctly. And hence it ensures that the kids have conceptual clarity before they move on. It is priced at Rs 5,000 only.
STEP Scholar is the scholarship programme which gives an opportunity of a lifetime for students to build their own future with scholarships ranging from Rs 10,000 to Rs 1 crore from a total pool of Rs. 50 crore. As an introductory offer, the first 1 lakh students of each grade will receive STEP Learn (worth Rs 5,000) gratis for their current grade. In addition to the big scholarships, students can also win next grade's STEP Learn for free based on their performance. They can also get the chance to be mentored and guided by IIT alumni, who will handhold these kids to success.