As a way of giving back to society, Samsung Electronics has long supported education programs that prevent disadvantaged students from being left behind without digital skills. This was evident by the company’s participation during Europe Code Week, as shared by Samsung Newsroom recently.
Across Europe, Samsung Electronics has been teaching young people to code since 2013. As a result, some 400,000 young people in the region have now participated and learned more about coding.
Today’s technology is inspiring an ambitious generation of young people who are growing up in a world without barriers to innovation. Unfortunately, many of this generation are also at risk of being left behind without the skills that future jobs will require.
Code Week in Europe
During Europe Code Week held in October, the European Commission, Samsung Electronics and other businesses joined together to celebrate coding. Together, they presented young people around Europe with coding-related events, to inspire and teach crucial digital skills for the future.
“Coding is a cultural technique of our time,” said Martin Bauer from the Austrian Education Ministry. “This gives children and young people additional opportunities to become producers of their own digital content and media.”
Coding in Austria
In the two months leading up to Europe Code Week, children in Austria worked on developing over 2,000 apps. The Samsung Mobile Classroom – which was housed in a large yellow bus – traveled through the country for nine weeks, conducting 217 hours of coding workshops for children.
Attendees of the Mobile Classroom learned how to produce games and other apps directly on their own mobile phones, as well as how to control robots, connecting abstract commands with concrete results.
Coding in Germany
Coding projects worth 75,000 euros truly demonstrated the value of teaching children to code and innovate. In recognition of this achievement, 100 children, teenagers, parents and instructors were invited to the Samsung Code Week Award ceremony and workshop, where the location was turned into a creative space.
Through eight workshops, children and young people were taught to design and program computer games and microcontrollers, and to code their own little robots. Those robots later competed against each other.
Coding in Poland
As one of the most ambitious coding nations, Poland is fifth in Europe for the number of Europe Code Week events relative to its population.Kindergartens, schools, libraries, museums and offices all took part in Coding Masters across Poland.
Significant cultural institutes also took part, including the Copernicus Science Centre and the Ministry of Digital Affairs.
Coding in the United Kingdom
Pioneering new creative ways of teaching coding, the UK announced a partnership with the new Micro:bit Educational Foundation during Europe Code Week. The Foundation is a nonprofit, independent organization that builds on the huge success of the BBC micro:bit program, aiming to lower barriers to technology invention for young people, creators and developers globally.
Focusing first on Europe, the organization will enable teachers, governments and educational organizations to fulfill their digital educational goals and help improve digital skills across the globe.
Source: Samsung Newsroom