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SAP will "adopt a school" also in Cluj-Napoca, Timisoara and Bucharest

SAP continues in 2018 the project Adopta o Scoala (Adopt a School) through which the company's employees support Scratch programming courses in three primary schools in Bucharest, Timisoara and Cluj-Napoca.

2018-07-05 16:30:08

Within this project, fourth grade students will learn to develop applications in the popular programming language Scratch, from January 19th to June 15th. The initiative started last year in Cluj-Napoca where 7 SAP volunteers "adopted" the Emil Isac school.

At the end of the six-month course, students will learn to search for and use media resources, analyze images and videos using libraries, follow tutorials and instructions, test and solve bugs, create animations, programming concepts: sequences, loops, events, conditional structures, operators and variables, game design elements: creation, control of mouse characters and keyboard.

Scratch, a programming language developed at MIT Media Lab, is used by students, teachers, parents to easily create animations, games, applications. It was created especially for children from 8 to 16 years, but is used by people of all ages. Even though not all children will eventually follow a career in programming, the skills developed using digital games learning, such as creativity, systematic thinking, teamwork, are needed to better understand and solve the challenges encountered in the chosen professions.

Children and Technology: A winning combination for a better future

"In a digital world like today, programming is a fundamental skill alongside math and reading, but too few children have the opportunity to learn to program, and this discipline is rarely taught at school. Through the Adopt a School program, we want to create a fun and exciting platform where children not only learn to program but have the opportunity to be creative using scheduling. Even from the first Scratch meetings, we had great feedback from the kids. They are very curious and want to discover as many things as possible. Of the 25 students who signed up, we have no absences, "said Sarbrina Mitu, SAP Hybrid Commerce Business Analyst and project initiator.

Throughout history, technology has had the power to turn every aspect of society, from business, to local or national governments. Transformation is still ongoing through new sessions: Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Internet of Things, cybersecurity, or data science. More and more jobs in all industries require a certain level of knowledge in technology or computer science. According to the World Economic Forum, 65 per cent of today's first grade children will have jobs that do not exist today. The SAP initiative has the role of making children understand and even create the applications and games they use so often, skills that will enable them to keep up with the rapid changes in technology.

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