SINGAPORE, October 19, 2017 – If you thought that coding was only for a select few or those in the technology space, think again. CA Technologies hosted 23 children aged four to six from underprivileged families to a fun learning experience at a workshop at the coding school, Saturday Kids. More than 30 CA volunteers were on-site with the school’s instructors to assist the eager kids from Beyond Social Services, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping young people from less privileged backgrounds.
The children participated in two modules – Bee-Bot, a tool designed to help develop math and programming skills including drawing basic shapes using commands; and Scratch Jr, where they were introduced to the programming environment using movements and loops, animations and basic sequences.
“In today’s application economy where software is the language of the world, tech education should start at an early age. We are delighted to have had the opportunity to organize this workshop for kids from disadvantaged backgrounds. We hope that this experience will help them develop an appreciation for technology and coding, and expose them to computational thinking. This could have a lasting and enriching impact by expanding their choices for educational courses and careers in the future,” said Nick Lim, vice president, ASEAN & Greater China, CA Technologies.
The initiative is in line with CA’s primary philanthropic focus in the advancement of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) learning. The goal is to help transform the lives of young people around the globe and encourage the development of future leaders in IT.
The event marked the continuation of CA’s partnership with Beyond Social Services for the seventh year, having collaborated in activities aimed at enriching the lives and well-being of children.
“The kids had such a great time and it’s certainly a memorable one for them. Learning how to code, even at its most basic level, is not something that they would have dreamed of, so we are naturally pleased that they have been given this opportunity,” said Swee Lee, principal, Healthy Start Child Development Centre, Beyond Social Services. “This would not have been possible without the dedication and support of CA’s volunteers. We hope they had fun too – we certainly did!”