Children Hone Up Their Tech Skills To Combat Coronavirus


Young participants are making the most out of this lockdown period. These young minds find these challenges encouraging and come up with real-time solutions.

When Levi Israel is at the laptop, the rest of the world doesn’t get a hint of his attention. What Levi does with his laptop is, he creates animation, does coding and even carries out testing.

His obsessive interest in technology envokes a mixed feeling in his parents. They are concerned about him and believe that he spends too much on the screen for his age. But at the same time, they are proud of him for taking the initiative in honing his tech skills.

Levi, who lives in Chennai, is just eleven years old.

His mother, Devamani admitted to snapping on him recently, “when he told me about a coding challenge he was preparing for and not to disturb him for four days.”

The 11-year old has come up with something of great relevance and a need of the hour. He calls his work, “Corona Fighter App User Guide”, as it lists hospitals and grocery stores nearby. It provides information on live coronavirus cases and also a to-do list before leaving the house and stepping out.

His favourite resources are: Two simple games that seek to create awareness about the pandemic.

With great energy, he shares, “I love to play games online.” He explains, “In one game, Virus Game, the user has to reach the top dodging all the coronavirus en route,” explains Levi. “In another game, Virus Treaty, the player has to treat a patient lying on bed before the timer turns zero.”

Levi has submitted his app to Covid Project Challenge organised by SP Robotic Works.

Out of 500 students who submitted their projects online (the challenge ends on May 17), interestingly, 100 of them are from Chennai.

Farhaan Hussain, a sixth grade student, has exceptional skills in robotics. He has applied his skills in creating a hack that enables people to wash their added with an added layer of safety. He calls it ‘touchless sanitizer’. It works with a battery powered pump and an IR sensor.

“The hand sanitiser is touched by many people, multiple times, in a home setting and outside, and when I thought about this, this idea came to me,” says Farhaan, who also has a youtube channel where he showcases his creative projects.