Superstar Amitabh Bachchan launched a new app for the young generation, that promises to let each child build their own future. Called STEPapp or Student Talent Enhancement Program, this gamified learning, ed-tech app aims to revolutionize K-12 education in India. The philosophy of play, learn and earn provides an opportunity for students to build their future with scholarships ranging from Rs.10,000 to Rs.1 crore. A scholarship pool of Rs.50 crore has also been slotted for meritorious students. ‘Apna Kal Khud Banao’ was Amitabh Bachchan’s clarion call to students at the launch in Mumbai.
“The future of our country lies in the education of our children. Praveen Tyagi’s STEPapp has made learning interesting and rewarding for students. Teaching children through games is an innovative step. My best wishes are with Mr Tyagi’s team comprising 400 IITians, who have helped create an innovation like STEPapp.” Said Amitabh Bachchan.
STEPapp has been successfully implemented in 16 Eklavya Model Residential Schools run by The Tribal Development Department under the Maharashtra Government. All Andheri Municipal Corporation Schools will run the STEPapp after running a trial with the students.
How STEPapp Works
STEPapp starts with building Math and Science proficiency via two programs – STEP Scholar and STEP Learn.
STEP Learn is the learning program for grades 5-11 mapped to complete math and science syllabus of CBSE and ICSE. It 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 question correctly. And hence it ensures that the kids have conceptual clarity before they move on.
STEP Scholar is the scholarship program 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 free basis their performance. Mentorship and guidance for the winners through 400+ IITians and doctors too will be continuous. Once STEPapp identifies merit, they will handhold these kids to success.
Registrations for STEP Scholar program have already begun. Students from 5th to 11th standards are eligible to register in this program.
Vision And Mission
STEPapp’s vision is to provide every child with universal access to quality education in the country via technology. This app is the first step in their mission to create a bank of meritorious children for the country and going beyond barriers of social, economic, gender, region and learning inequity. The app works on the most basic smartphone with minimal data requirement. The pricing is such that it is accessible to most people in India.
STEPapp will launch many other apps in the future to gamify education and introduce newer ways to learn. 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 revolutionize the K-12 education in India.
Industry Honchos Supporting STEPapp
Dignitaries present at the event were Praveen Tyagi, MD, PACE IIT and Medical and Founder CEO, Eduisfun Technologies. Other distinguished academicians and corporate honchos present were Manisha Verma, IAS, Principal Secretary, Tribal Development Department, Government of Maharashtra, Sainath Durge, BMC Education Committee Member, MCGM, Brian D. Seymour, Principal, G D Somani School, Cuffe Parade, Jyoti Gupta, Principal and Head K12 – DPS, Ramakrishnan Ramamurthi, Chief Executive, Polycab India, Ashish Katta, MD, iCollege Group, Vineet Rai, iCollege Group, Sanjeev Tyagi, IPS Officer, SSP Bijnor, Vijay Raaz, actor, Sandeep Singhal, B.Tech IIT Roorkee and Chief Business Officer of EduisFun Technologies.
Corporate icon Deepak Parekh, Chairman, HDFC Group and advertising icon Piyush Pandey, Chief Creative Officer Worldwide and Executive Chairman, India, Ogilvy Group shared their views on video.
“STEPapp redefines Ed-Tech in India by giving children universal access and a level playing field by leveraging gamified learning, story-telling, scholarships and benefits for all stakeholders such as parents, teachers and education policymakers. Accessible to every child in the country, anytime and anywhere, STEPapp inspires students, engages parents and empowers educators, to ensure that students achieve their full potential. Our Student Talent Enhancement Program (S.T.E.P.) will help create a bank of meritorious children, who will be the assets and future of our country.” Praveen Tyagi, Founder & CEO, Eduisfun Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
”STEPapp has 4 Aces – it is Accessible, Affordable, Adaptive and Attractive for those who want to build their own future. STEPapp’s Board 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 is gauged. Parents and teachers get detailed reports of the student’s progress, strengths and weaknesses via sms-email on a real time basis.” Added Tyagi.
STEPapp looks to make every child reach their fullest potential and convert them into a national asset who contributes to a better country and planet. The app has several prominent strategic alliance partners such as YES Bank as banking partner, PACE as knowledge partner, PayTM and iCollege as strategic alliance partners. STEPapp is energised by 400+ IITians and Doctors from PACE IIT & Medical Entrance Coaching.
Deepak Parekh, Chairman, HDFC Group, said, “India has tremendous growth and one of the pre-requisites to achieve this kind of growth is education. We have to make education acceptable and enjoyable for students by transforming teaching. The entire education system has to change towards storytelling and gamified learning.”
“One more interesting way is to induce competitiveness in the game form where students compete with each other to solve the puzzle in quick time and then the winners get prizes or recognition. I wish Eduisfun and Praveen Tyagi best of luck in their endeavour.” Added Parekh.
“I grew up in a middle-class household with 9 siblings but our father gave us three things – education, exposure and opportunity. India has a fantastic tradition of good teachers but we are unfortunate that these teachers are not sufficient to cater to a large number of students. In many parts of India, bright students have to make a hard choice between the pen and the family. STEPapp is a fantastic way of gamified education which is inexpensive, friendly and futuristic.” Said Piyush Pandey, Chief Creative Officer Worldwide and Executive Chairman, India, Ogilvy Group.
About STEPapp and Eduisfun Technologies
Today’s young generation is tech-savvy and children spend a colossal amount of their time and energy in playing games. They are unimpressed by the conventional learning system as there is a need to make learning more engaging, relevant and charismatic to capture their attention for long. Inarguably, due to the fun element of video games, children remain hooked up to them for long and master its basics effortlessly. That’s why the core team of Eduisfun came up with a new ideology of ‘Play to learn’ so as to make education really appealing to youngsters.
The core team includes Praveen Tyagi, B.Tech IIT Delhi, Jatin Solanki, B.Tech IIT Bombay, Sandeep Singhal, Chief Business Officer, Physics Mentor and B. Tech, IIT Roorkee and Gaurav Goyal, CTO, M.Tech, IIT Delhi
STEPapp is backed by PACE, India’s leading education brand helping students prepare for IIT, Medical and other leading examinations. Eduisfun offers high-quality content for Class 1 to Class 10th CBSE/ICSE/SSC and Olympiad in the form of:
(A) Gamified Learning Slate/Kit with edugames designed as quest full of mysteries, coins, challenges & rewards
(B) Chapters blended with games for tech-savvy generation, so as to make learning more fun as per the curriculum of the respective board; (C) (C) Adaptive program that allows the student to master one concept at a time to achieve their full potential.
(D) STEPapp has two options: Board Syllabus and STEP Scholarships. Board Syllabus is mapped to the curriculum of the entire school syllabus (CBSE & ICSE, grades 6-10, more coming soon) STEP Scholarships (available at just ₹ 500) has about 20 chapters from the entire syllabus designed specifically for a Mega National Scholarship Exam for students currently in grades 5th-11th.
(E) STEPapp will find ways to inspire kids to do their best and claim success due to them – By creating exciting content across all platforms. By inspiring kids to observe, to learn, experiment and apply knowledge around them. By giving them opportunities to showcase their talent. By rewarding them well. By helping secure their future.
(F) STEPapp makes it easy for students to learn each topic of their curriculum within a short span of time. Students will be equipped with EduGames kit that will help them continue gamified learning throughout the academic year. It helps students to improve their academic standard by identifying weak areas and providing remedial solutions to the same.