Help underprivileged children code their future

by El Desafio Foundation
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As the year came to an end and summer arrived in Rosario, we thought it would be nice to celebrate with a street party, so, we did. We talked with our neighbours and for a couple of hours we closed our street for cars and filled it with colour, dance and people. 

During the party, every program had their moment, where they received a diploma and showed off what they had been doing during the year. When it came to our coders, they showed a brillant app they developed to help the staff prepare the afternoon snacks, with recipes and tips. 

The rest of our programs also had their moment during the day to show the results of the year and to have fun playing outside, feeling safe and owning their future!

The next couple of months will mean planing time for our staff as we prepare for an exiciting new year, full of new challenges and with many surprises to come. Stay tunned! 

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October is a great month for El Desafío, as we are launching the 2nd edition of the Happy Cities Festival, where we invite the whole community to discuss on what makes the city a happy place for all of us. During that festival, our kids will be inviting adults to play throughout the day, participate in all of the talks and then give back a presentation to the general audience, as well as the City Mayor and the head of the local University on their vision of how adults include them- or not- in city planning.

The Festival will also have lots of personalities talking about urbanism, mobility, sports for development and youth development – such as Guillermo Peñalosa, Cecilia Carranza Saroli, Edgardo Bauza and many others.

Going back to what happened since our last report, the coding program has been running great, with lots of enthusiasm from participants, and many great creations with MIT app inventor – cool for everyone’s smartphones. Also, in August we had an internal festival for participant’s families to see what had happened during the first part of the year as well as to show everyone cool stuff – in terms of coding - to play a game using augmented reality.

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In El Desafío we work on Youth Development and all of our activities seek to solve the problems they face by providing them with necessary life- skills. Through coding we seek to develop critical and logical thinking as well as frustration management.

During this period parents were invited to participate in one class so that participants could show them what they had been working on and teach them how to communicate with computers.

Also, a few weeks ago, we were invited to visit a local company that works with programming where participants could see the work that “real coders” do, connect with them and ask them all the questions they had, not only regarding technical issues, but most importantly on how they handled tough situations they face in their jobs, when things don’t work out as they wished.  The visit was a great experience for everyone as they really bonded and got to share lots of stories.

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2016 Started with many exciting plans as the kids signed in for a new opportunity to start coding their future. We had some classes already and before starting with the basics by using scratch, the first thing was to understand how we talk to computers. We had some funny games and lots of laughter for this.

For the following months we plan to further develop technical skills and for that some “Secret Missions” where assigned for each kid to explore some of the functions of the program in a fun and exciting way. We are also digging in the possibility of including some basic robotics for the program – so be on the lookout for further updates on this.

On a more general note, El Desafío has been working together with the City Council to help implement a mobility plan for the city and our art, music and sports programs have started with a lot of success and many great plans ahead.

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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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El Desafio Foundation

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