There is an increasing realization, especially among the younger generation, that knowing how to program is essential. Many parents understand this but they don’t know how to get started or how to help their kids to learn computer programming at young age. There are lots of fun things you can try as early as at the age of five or six years.
One of them is Technology Nation Kids – a free educational program for Ukrainian kids, launched by BrainBasket Foundation.
Technology Nation Kids aims at providing free training on programming for children in Ukraine that are from nine to eleven years old. The educational initiative Code Academy is the educational partner of the program.
The courses are held at libraries and partner locations after school classes. The program focuses on teaching kids Scratch (visual programming language developed by MIT), basics of HTML/CSS and Python. Mentors of the Technology Nation Program, that will be teaching kids, will include school teachers as well.
In April, Western NIS Enterprise Fund, a regional private fund backed by USAID, announced their support of the Technology Nation Program. The funds will be used to pay teachers and resupply educational hubs of the Program in five Ukrainian cities.
It’s expected that a total of 200 children will be trained with the support from the fund. The fund will also sponsor the robotics video course. This course will cover 3D robot modeling, micro controllers, sensors and open-source robotic solutions.