Help underprivileged children code their future

 
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Almost half of the year has gone by and we  the kids participating on the Code your future program are closing a stage and getting ready to start a new challenge.

The stage they will be closing during the next couple of weeks is the use of Scratch- a kids friendly coding platform- that was the first step to understanding what coding is about in a fun and playful way. They will code a whole game/ application in teams and then will be their own judges in terms of how well designed and coded it was.

The next challenge they will be facing once they finish the Scratch project is to work with “real” coding languages such as Processing.JS and then code their own websites. As you can imagine this is going to be a huge challenge, that we know they will be able to dominate with the help and guidance of our amazing teachers and volunteers.

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As we told you in our previous reports, during the last time of 2014 we were focused on planning the coding program that we developed thanks to the knowledge shared by our friends at Harvard University and the Digital Literacy Program.

Coding is a completely new thing for our kids, so the first thing they needed to understand that coding is just another way of communicating, in this case, communicating with a computer so that it can follow our instructions.

After going through some dynamics, to understand how each of us communicate, it was time to start coding. By using “Scratch” a coding platform developed my MIT the kids are writing their first codes and discovering a new world.

Amazing things are happening on this program, and thousands more will come!

As always, you are welcome to visit us anytime to see first- hand how your support is making this project possible, and please if you have any questions, remarks or ideas, contact me on FacebookTwitter or via mail: luz.amuchastegui@eldesafio.org. Also you can sign up for our newsletter by clicking here. And of course join our Facebook fanpage in where we share day to day information

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2014 was a great year, besides the cool activities that the kids were able to do through the different classes, we got amazing results in terms of the objectives that we pursue.

We saw significant changes on how the participants allow themselves to think different from the rest of the group and feel comfortable defending their point of view. They have developed critical thinking and gained self- steem on the process.We know that this personal abilities will allow them to grow up as models within the community and have better chances of changing the social and economic problems that they are facing.

We are now working on the 2015 planning of the program, using everything we learnt from our friends from Harvard to develop a brand new coding program. So far it looks exciting!

I share some nice pictures that represents 2014, and will soon post back more news as we start the year.

As always, you are welcome to visit us anytime to see first- hand how your support is making this project possible, and please if you have any questions, remarks or ideas, contact me on FacebookTwitter or via mail: luz.amuchastegui@eldesafio.org. Also you can sign up for our newsletter by clicking here. And of course join our Facebook fanpage in where we share day to day information.

 

 

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Harvard students with El Desafio staff members
Harvard students with El Desafio staff members

As we approach the end of the year we begin to make a balance of the workshop in order to make conclusions and changes for next year.

Analyzing the objectives we settled, we realized that the participants allow themselves to think different from the rest of the group and feel comfortable defending their point of view. They have developed critical thinking and gained self- steem on the process.

Thinking of 2015, we hosted a team of Harvard students in Rosario to work on a coding program as a compliment of our current e-learning workshop. During two weeks they trained a team of El Desafío staff members in coding and provided us with useful tips and tools to be able to create a program adapted to our needs.  This will start next year in March! So stay in touch to hear more about this soon.

As I always mention in my reports, you are welcome to visit us anytime to see first- hand how your support is making this project possible, and please if you have any questions, remarks or ideas, contact me on FacebookTwitter or via mail: luz.amuchastegui@eldesafio.org. Also you can sign up for our renewed newsletter by clicking here. And of course join our Facebook fanpage in where we share day to day information.

As the classes unfold, the kids begin to understand what the program is all about and start to create their own vision and opinion on different topics, they have made a lot of progress expressing their ideas and started a blog where they report on the news from the different activities that occur in El Desafío.

Creating a news blog, means that the kids need to be focusing on creating visual content, making questions to other participants and teachers and taking notes about it. Also putting it all together brings up some discussions on what are the priorities in terms of what should go first and what second.  

The blog, also allows the opportunity of exploring different leadership roles, such as editor, or head of visual content, that we are still working on to determine the best way to implement it so that every kid has the chance of taking over that responsibility.

As I always mention in my reports, you are welcome to visit us anytime to see first- hand how your support is making this project possible, and please if you have any questions, remarks or ideas, contact me on FacebookTwitter or via mail: luz.amuchastegui@eldesafio.org. Also you can sign up for our renewed newsletter by clicking here. And of course join our Facebook fanpage in where we share day to day information.

 

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El Desafio Foundation

Papendrecht, Zuid Holland, Netherlands
http://www.eldesafio.org

Project Leader

Mario Raimondi

Rosario, Santa Fe Argentina

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