Connect students to basic coding in creative and exciting ways
Transition students in Nigeria joined other learners around the world in the Hour of Code initiative, a global effort to broaden participation in computing and provide students with the foundation for success in n any 21st century career path. It involves students learning the basics of coding in an exciting and creative way.
According to code.org, the global program that takes place during Computer Week each year has so far engaged more than 15% of all students worldwide, is supported by Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, the Infosys Foundation and many others. .
In a world where technology is transforming every industry on the planet and now finds its place in all aspects of daily life, Bridge believes it is crucial that students are prepared with the necessary skills when they enter the world. work. Computational thinking helps develop problem-solving skills, logic, and creativity. By exposing children to computers early on, they are positioned to succeed in any career path of the 21st century.
According to Bridge Nigeria Academic Director Ezinne Tochie-Asogwa said technology has become an important part of today’s society, with computer literacy becoming an essential skill that will be needed to survive in the new normal. Ezinne added that the ability of Bridge students to succeed in a world surrounded by technology will depend on their proficiency in the effective use of computer programs. “Hour of Code initiative helps our students discover new ways of thinking and expressing themselves through programming,” she said.
Hour of Code made history when more than 100 million students, including Bridge students in 180 countries, participated simultaneously in 2017. Commenting on the initiative, Code.org CEO Mr. Hadi Partovi said Hour of Code was created to excite students about computers and shatter stereotypes to show that anyone can learn it. “Even without a computer, these Bridge students explored the concepts of computational thinking and learned more about their potential. They are about to change their future and that of Nigeria. We are happy to have them as a partner ”. He added.
This isn’t the first time the Bridge Girls have impressed with their coding skills. In 2017, Sophie Irozuru from Bridge Academy in Ikorodu gave a talk at the PyCon conference in Lagos on her knowledge of Python – a computer programming language. Girls in some underserved communities often face cultural barriers to certain jobs or subjects, but through extracurricular activities, Bridge lets girls in subjects like coding know they can pursue the careers they want. wish.
Bridge Nigeria, a network of preschools and primary schools in underserved communities in Lagos and Osun states, helps thousands of children become confident and empowered as they progress in learning each year. day. At the end of the Hour of Code lesson, students received orange stickers that read “I did the Hour of Code!” “