Help underprivileged children code their future

by El Desafio Foundation
Award Ceremony Winners
Award Ceremony Winners

2015 was an amazing and challenging year. It was our first time teaching kids to code using what our friends from Harvard University taught us during their visit in 2014.

It was a great experience where participants learnt the basis of coding and ended up coding their own simple website while also gaining countless of other life skills that will remain with them as they grow up.

We have more exiting ideas for the 2016 version of the Coding program based on our learnings and insights from participant’s experiences that we will be sharing with you soon.

As a year-end closing ceremony we had some shows in our facility and an award ceremony, we are glad to share those pictures with you.

As I always mention in my reports, please follow us on Facebook & Twitter and please, don´t hesitate to contact us if you have any doubts or comments.

 

 

The 2015 Closing Ceremony
The 2015 Closing Ceremony

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Overcoming challenges is what makes us strong, after a first successful stage with scratch (coding platform) and the basics of coding through games, a new milestone was set after participants faced a more “real” coding platform and learnt how to code using Processing.JS.

Though we had our initial doubts on how they would react with this new platform, we were indeed surprised on their reactions, as they felt as more “professional” programmers and they’ve created super cool apps.

Now a new challenge has started and that is programming web sites, a challenge that is exiting beyond borders and allow their imagination go wild in terms of what could happen as they go online.

On an organizational level, this November 10 we will be hosting our first festival, the “Happy Cities Festival” that intends to inspire the community into thinking the type of city that we live in and how we can work to improve it. We will also be showing our work there, so if you, or anyone you know happens to be in Rosario during that date, please stop by!

If you have any questions, remarks or ideas please contact me luz.amuchastegui@eldesafio.org and if you haven´t done it yet, join our facebook fanpage where we share day to day information.

 

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.

Check out our website for more updates on this and other programs that we develop, and please contact us and share your thoughts and ideas through our social media!

 

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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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Organization Information

El Desafio Foundation

Location: Papendrecht, Zuid Holland - Netherlands
Website: http:/​/​www.eldesafio.org
Project Leader:
Mario Raimondi
Rosario, Santa Fe Argentina