15 December 2020
Our children spend a lot of time on electronic devices but it doesn’t make them smarter. Even though many schools teach information and communication technology, lots of students don’t have even elementary programming skills. And in the near future, it will be crucial for everybody, regardless of occupation.
It’s in this regard that AFRALTI partnered with Nairobi Algorithmics School in November 2020 to build capacity among children between ages 5-17 years with hands on, fun learning techniques virtually and in-person.
Algorithmics teaches children how to build computer programs; but more importantly, it develop children’s logical thinking, creativity, and curiosity. Students fully understand how programming works, not just copy a code written by a teacher. Algorithmics helps the students become what they want to be.
Courses to be offered are:
The Coding Knight for ages 5-7 years – The children study programming on tablets and in workbooks. The teachers conduct games aimed at understanding the basics of algorithms and programming.
Computer Literacy for ages 7-9 years – Working with information in textual, tabular or graphic format, kids learn to analyze information, use a computer, search for information on the Internet correctly and safely, communicate (in real life and online).
Mars Academy for ages 8-12 years – Through the creation of their own cartoons and computer games, the children develop logical and algorithmic thinking.
Python Start for ages 11-13 years – The kids will work out the basic concepts of algorithms and programming while learning the Python language. As they are immersed in the culture and specifics of the IT world, they will try out different areas of software development.
Python Pro for ages 14-17 years – The kids make a plan, assign tasks, and present their projects publicly. They learn to check themselves and correct errors, including those in other people’s code.
The skills of programming, systems thinking, project creation, and the ability to work in a team will be useful for a successful career in any field.
The Algorithmics training program was developed by an international team of educational experts, including Derek Breen, the world-renowned teacher of programming for children and author of textbooks on creative programming for kids translated into 7 languages.