While everyone knew that digital is the way forward when it comes to education, not many took it seriously. But realising the potential of technology in transforming education, Namya Joshi, a 14 year old student, started experimenting with Minecraft to make academic content. And when the pandemic made learning completely online, she took it upon herself to equip others, including over 1000 students and teachers, with the same passion and knowledge that they could use to make learning fun and interactive.
Two years back, while working on her school project, Namya came across the Minecraft game and started spending a lot of time on the app. Soon she realized that the app has immense potential to not only help students but teachers too in making learning as well as teaching fun and exciting.
She uses Minecraft Education Edition, which is a game-based learning platform to promote creativity, collaboration and problem-solving in an immersive environment. The game facilitates educators with a transformative way to engage students, igniting their passion for learning. The game is used worldwide by educators to teach subjects ranging from History and Chemistry to Sustainability and Foreign Languages.
To promote STEM education, a scientifically proven way of learning, Namya recreated Egyptian civilisation in Minecraft and got an overwhelming response from her teachers. It helped the students to get a better understanding of the academic concepts via interactive learning. She has also conducted multiple training sessions for both students and teachers, not only in India but across the globe on the use of Minecraft, MakeCode Adobe Spark, AdobeXD other ICT tools. During the lockdown, she has trained over 1000 students and teachers with these tools, while learning how to use Photoshop, app designing, web designing.
To further collaborate with eminent educators across the globe, Namya started a Podcast #EachOneTeachTen – An Amazing World Of STEM, where she invites like-minded educators to share their experience of using STEM education in classrooms. So far, 8 episodes of her podcast have been released.
Participation in Global Projects
Namya is also the winner of the ‘UNESCO Clubs Worldwide Youth Multimedia Competition’ for creating a Virtual Library of books mapped to UN’s Sustainable Development Goals or SDG 2030and has participated in many global projects with focus on Sustainable Development Goals. She has also been an active participant in several socially and environmentally relevant initiatives like Everyday Kindness, No Poverty and Zero Hunger, Buncee Buddies Earth Day Project, #DIY4EARTH, Innovation Project, Climate Action Project, Say No To Plastic, and converted tough lessons into STEM using MINECRAFT.
Some of her other key recognitions include;
- Awarded the prestigious Pradhan Mantri Rastriya Bal Puraskar, the highest civilian award for an individual below the age of 18. She is the only recipient of this prestigious award from the states of Punjab, HP, Haryana, Delhi, Chandigarh
- Honoured by CEO Microsoft Satya Nadella for creating course material in Minecraft Education Edition and STEM
- Honoured by President Microsoft India, Mr Anant Maheshwary for training more than 100 of teachers to make their lessons interesting with the help of Game Based Learning
- A Speaker at numerous platforms as KEOS2019 Finland, EduDays Microsoft, UNESCO, CONVOKE, Asia Berlin Summit, Adobe Education Summit
- Conferred with the prestigious Rex KARAMVEER CHAKRA AWARD and Global Fellowship.
- She is also the youngest recipient of Global E-Innovation Award 2019 and is India’s youngest recipient of E-Innovation Award 2018
More details about Namya are available at: www.namyajoshi.com
Namya Joshi is a finalist for Special Award (Popular Choice) & the Most Creative Online Initiative Because…
Namya’s initiatives and accomplishments are significant at her age and signify leadership potential. She is committed to creating far-reaching impact in the education sector using tech-based solutions for the benefit of mankind and is making noteworthy contributions towards nation-building as a young change maker. She is also an SDG 2030 enthusiast who is contributing to a better and more sustainable future for us all.