Learning to code is an empowering process especially to children and youths. Although initially it constitutes a challenge:
- the ability to overcome it gives the coder self-confidence,
- the ability to think outside the box to solve problems,
- the ability to make logical connections.
Learning to code also enables the entrepreneurial spirit. Instead of being consumers of technology, children will be able to create it and therefore interact with it differently.
Our new core Code-Net program [CODE stands for Computing & Open Data Education Network], aims to build a talent pool of ICT technologists able to enter the job market better prepared with the necessary skills. Core values of success, teamwork and workflow are integral to what we provide through a unique combination of online training and in-house labs with industry professionals.
We want to increase school-children’s interest in technology without the need for the most recent computers or software. We therefore use FOSS as a means of sustainability to avoid financial hardships, especially in financially distressed communities as well as refurbished computers using Linux.
We will begin this project in Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. We may expand to other states in the future.
Our 5 core programs:
1- Knowledge Circles:
Connecting students from different schools in the community to the international community, in order to exchange information and experiences while working on collaborative technology projects. This will be done via web technologies such as video conferencing and other collaborative tools.
2- A byte of code:
Teaching straight code using diverse resources. There are a number of apps, software, and guides that make the often-complex subject of computer coding easy to grasp for young learners. Those include but are not limited to.
- Stencyl http://www.stencyl.com/
- Made with Code: https://www.madewithcode.com/projects/
- Tynker’s Hour of Code https://www.tynker.com/hour-of-code/
- Alice http://www.alice.org/index.php
3- Missing Bracket:
Our more advanced code for those youth interested in gaining skills to join the work force. This will teach them basic to advanced coding through project-creation, and will include CMS such as WordPress, Joomla and Drupal.
4- Chip on your shoulder:
This is a hardware-based program that will focus on robotics and coding, using Raspberry pi, Robo-bird, Dash and Dot, Arduino, Makey-Makey and Sphero. We will also use used computers with Linux installations.
Robotic challenges offer students exciting opportunities to build and express their imagination. That is why we find robotics an important angle in teaching code. Robots like Dash and Dot from the Wonder Workshop encourage students to touch, build, measure, follow, run, and skip beside Dash. Students are both emotionally and physically engaged, making increased neural connections that result in active learning and enhanced long-term experiential recall.
Raspberry-pi is an inexpensive, credit-card sized computer with which children can make projects and games. https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/tag/kids/ Kids who learn to make projects with this computer could also enter into competitions.
5– Girl Power:
We give girls the opportunity to code without the intimidation of their male counterparts. We will also be organizing an annual event to celebrate the Girls in ICT Day which is every year on 24 April to showcase our projects. It is our chance to raise awareness about the opportunities of the ICT sector and empower girls and young women with the knowledge that careers in ICT can be for them.
We also have an Awards Program, and where we encourage participation in local and national competitions such as Maker Faires. We also award our own most successful student.
If interested in having your school or community participate, please contact us.