CODING AND YOUTH
An Innovative Programme in the Digital Era
Project Code: 2016-2-CY02-KA205-000819
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Duration: September 2016-November 2017
As youth unemployment is a major issue all other Europe, mastering ICT skills is becoming critical to fill the huge gap created by the digital revolution. However, as there is an every growing need for ICT experts in the EU, evidence suggests that less students are choosing this field than before.
Up to now, ICT lessons were focusing purely on computer literacy – teaching students, how to word-process, how to work a spreadsheet and how to surf the Internet. These skills were considered enough, as to be an ICT expert. However, there is nowadays an ever growing need to teach the next generation computer science, ICT and digital literacy, thus going beyond the skills of how to use a computer, to teach young people how to code, how to create a program, but how a computer works and how to make it work for them.
The project aims to open up new routes into not only teaching coding and programming to young teenagers (13-17 years old), but also to open up their career options in order to initially have a firsthand experience of the various field of computing and then choose to study in a related topic. Summer time when students have long time has been seen as an opportunity to offer an innovative and interactive programme for teaching coding to teenagers, but also to explore the field of computing for a better career guidance that will bridge the skills – gap between education and the labour market.
The consortium of the project includes the following partners:
Cyprus Computer Society, Cyprus
CP: Andreas Loutsios
- National Centre for Scientific Research “DEMOKRITOS”, Greece
CP.: Athanasios Drigas
- Associazione Futuro Digitale, Italy
CP.: Apa Vincenzo
- CFE Erfurt e.V., Germany
CP.: Zafar Saydaliev
- A&A Emphasys Interactive Solutions Ltd, Cyprus
CP.: Athos Charalambides
CODING AND YOUTH, KickOff Meeting, 10-11 of November 2016, Germany