450 children are preparing for the jobs of the future by participating in the CoderDojo programming and robotics workshops

During the 2018-2019 school year, 450 children aged between 6 and 17 will learn to program in the CoderDojo workshops in North Bucharest, supported by the Telekom Romania Foundation and the Coder Dojo Association. The workshops are free and take place on the last Saturday of each month, except on public holidays or school holidays, when the workshops are rescheduled. The first workshops will take place on Saturday, September 29, starting with 10 am, in Bucharest, Băneasa Business & Technology Park, Bucharest-Ploieşti Road no. 42-44, building A, floor 2.

At this year's edition, participants were able to choose between different topics, depending on interests, age and level of training: Arduino, Algorithmics, Java, Khan beginners, Minecraft Education Edition, Advanced Scratch, Scratch beginners. The activities will be coordinated by 22 volunteer mentors, who will prepare the young students for the jobs of the future and for an increasingly digitalized world.

"6 years ago we started this initiative and we are glad to see that things have evolved a lot, and from year to year the number of participants doubles. More and more parents are aware of the importance and benefits that the activities in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics - STEM have in children's education, especially since the statistics announce that the number of jobs in the technical fields is on an upward trend, and qualified human resources for these areas are increasingly limited. This means that STEM education is becoming an essential aspect of preparing the younger generations for the future. It is our responsibility to support and encourage these trends, including through quality non-formal education programs, ”said Ruxandra Voda, President, Telekom Romania Foundation.

CoderDojo is an international movement, initiated in Ireland in 2011 with the aim of providing interested children with the context in which they can learn programming in an informal environment, through regular sessions, outside the school curriculum. At CoderDojo, children learn to program, develop websites, applications, programs, games and much more. Dojos are initiated, led and mentored by volunteers. CoderDojo turns programming into a social and fun experience.

CoderDojo Bucharest North, supported by the Telekom Romania Foundation, is the first CoderDojo workshop organized in Romania, where the program now has 15 locations.

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