Kids2IT – an educational project for school children and teachers of informatics in Kharkiv city & region

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Concept

September-December 2015: (pilot phase)

  • Intensive training on programming for students and teachers held from 18 October to 22 November (5 lectures offline + online homework with 75 tasks on QBit platform). 140 students enrolled for the course, of which 109 was actively solved the problems, 20 have a perfect score. 14 teachers of informatics from the city and the region also attending classes. Within 5 weeks of intensive course 1,800 schoolboys studied in online mode.
  • Career guidance seminars in schools cluster: Kharkiv IT Cluster organized 10 teams of IT-companies volunteers from 20 November to 11 December 16 held a meeting with students of the nine districts of Kharkiv region.
  • Excursions in the IT-company.

Stage 2 – January-June 2016:

  • Intensive courses for students and teachers, “Fundamentals of Programming”, “Computer Graphics”, “Web Design (Front-end)”, “Web Development (Back-end)”, “Animation”.
  • Career guidance seminars in schools on IT-occupations and IT-industry.
  • Information and organizational support programming competitions and informatics.

Tasks

  • Promotion of IT-education among school children in Kharkiv region from grades 9 to11;
  • Implementation of professional training and motivation of informatics teachers in schools in the Kharkiv region;
  • Raising the number and quality of students applying for IT-­education faculties in higher education institutions in Kharkiv City.

Target audience

School children of 9 to 11 grades & teachers of informatics in the Kharkiv region.

Marketing

Information support, Kharkiv IT Cluster partners and regional media. Distribution of posters in schools:

  • Kids2IT_Kharkiv Map;
  • IT-­profession.

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Plan

Stage 1

  • 10 seminars in Kharkiv city & region schools;
  • 1000 children & 100 teachers to be trained during the course “Basics of programming” online & offline;
  • 4 excursions to Kharkiv IT-­companies.

Stage2

  • 10 seminars in Kharkiv city & region schools;
  • 1000 children & 50 teachers to be trained during the course “Basics of programming” online & offline;
  • 200 children, youth & temporarily dislocated persons to be trained during the course “Basics of programming”, “Computer Graphics”, “Web Design (Front-end)”, “Web Development (Back-end)”, “Animation”;
  • 4 excursions to Kharkiv IT-­companies.

Finances

  • The pilot phase of the project is financed from the budget of the Kharkiv IT Cluster.
  • There are 814 schools in Kharkiv city and region. Scaling the project requires additional funding.
  • 1 visit per school in Kharkiv costs $20, and in the Kharkiv Region, around $30. In addition, each visit requires 3 hours from the IT or HR director who is ready to join as volunteer & become a speaker at the Kharkiv IT Cluster school seminars.

Join as a partner or as a volunteer!

Partners

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