You don’t need a magic wand to become successful in life. All you require is the willingness to succeed, the will to do things, the ability to move on and the perseverance to try even where there are setbacks. Ever heard the story of Namya Joshi? She is a Class 7 student from Sat Paul Mittal School, Ludhiana.
The smartest student in her class innovated something really great in life. Today, she has changed the way students learn in her school with Minecraft, which is nothing but a popular video game.
Minecraft is a video game where players create and break apart various kinds of blocks in three-dimensional worlds.
This particular innovation totally changed the complexion of Joshi’s life and in fact, she got the chance to meet Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who was on a three-day trip to India recently, at the Young Innovators’ Summit.
In fact, Nadella was fascinated by her innovative idea.
“We need to reformulate the relationship between technology and learning. It is very interesting to witness the way young innovators think today,” Nadella told the gathering as per the Zee News report.
“Minecraft is a great platform. If a child does not like reading books, you can make those lessons in Minecraft and get the child interested,” she added in a statement. Through the game, the 13-year-old girl is helping teachers change class lessons into interactive sessions across the world.
The route map to innovation all started two years ago when Namya’s mother, Monica Joshi who is the IT head at the school, signed up to become a Minecraft mentor. Monica expressed that she was shocked to know that a game could be integrated into the school’s curriculum.
Namya says: “I had seen Minecraft installed on my mother’s laptop and started trying it on my own. After understanding the basics, I watched some tutorials and got myself familiar with it,” she told Microsoft News. Soon, Namya’s mother asked her to create few lessons on Minecraft.
Namya also wrote about the recent trip to the hills and had then created different elements in the game. She wrote descriptions to every possible thing. After seeing the results, Monika was pretty much convinced to introduce this in her school. Soon, the mother-daughter duo had started creating even more lessons on Minecraft and other students and teachers in the school gradually joined them.
So far, Namya has trained more than 100 teachers in her school and across the world. She frequently collaborates with educators and learners from across the world, as reported by Microsoft News. In December 2018, she bagged the National Minecraft Competition and has also spoken at KEOS2019, a global education conference in Finland, where she organised a workshop for teachers.