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Digikids: The Kids Technology Event that Was…

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The August Holiday Tech Camp by Digikids was held between August 15, 2016 to August 19, 2016 at @iLabAfrica, Strathmore University, Nairobi. The one-week digital literacy tech camp aimed at empowering children between the age of 7 to 16 years to become creators with technology.

The children over the course of the week went through an intensive hands-on training on Coding, Robotics and Internet Safety. They were engaged in a fun and creative manner, captivating their young minds through games and simplified problem solving.

The training programs offered continuous modular training based on the age of the student and especially their knowledge, skills and interests in technology. Internet Safety and Security were core lessons of the program as they were brought down to a level that the children could understand.

In the first age group i.e between age 7 to 9, fun tools were used to introduce electronics and robotics to children and guide them to create simple programs following precise steps. The aim in this foundation stage was to create in the young minds an interest in technology as a creative tool. They learnt what algorithms are, debugging simple programs following step-by-step instructions, develop logical reasoning skills and use devices to create, organize, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content.

The children in the intermediate age group (Age 10 to 12) were equipped with a firm grasp of computer science concepts, giving them a deeper understanding of designing and writing code. Through this they were able to develop their logical reasoning skills and learn to use websites and other Internet services.

The teenagers in the final group (Age 13 to 16) were challenged by deeper computational thinking and creation of more complex programs. They were taught to use programming languages to create their own applications and games. They learnt simple Boolean logic, working with Binary numbers and studied how computer hardware and software work together to create robots.

The August Holiday Tech Camp was very beneficial to the children as the introductory courses suited and benefited even children with no prior computer skills. The small class sizes focused on the individual needs of the students and incremental learning created a better understanding and retention of material learnt over the course of the week. By the end of the intensive training each of the children received a certificate.

To view more photos on this event please visit this link.

 

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The Event That Was: August Holiday Boot Camp 2015

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@iLabAfrica, Strathmore University organized a 10-day Holiday Boot Camp for Primary and High School Students. The program took place at @iLabAfrica from 10th August to 21st August 2015. The event was sponsored by some of @iBizAfrica’s incubatees namely Tatu Creatives, Elite Ways and Henga Systems. The sponsors were generous enough to donate prizes and thank you cards that were awarded to the students during the award ceremony that was held on 21st August 2015 at Safaricom Lab, @iLabAfrica. The award ceremony was presided over by @iLabAfrica’s Deputy Director Mr. Emmanuel Kweyu.

The Holiday Boot Camp is a 2 week program designed to motivate and inspire the students to bring their creative ideas to life. The students created their own games, animated stories, projects, and published their applications to the web. The Holiday Boot Camp provides a comprehensive learning experience that is amazingly fun, highly interactive and extremely effective.

These are just a few of the concepts the students were taught:

  • Creating 3D animation
  • Designing websites
  • Learning to code
  • Making mobile applications
  • Designing video games
  • And so much more

The speakers who graced the event and gave motivational talks to the students included: Frank Tamre from Moringa School, Angela Nzioki from Uhasibu, Toby Bodo from Watu Media, Njuru Mwangi of Sufuria.com, Lilian Makanga from Strathmore Law School and finally Allan Onchuru  from @iLabAfrica.

The next Holiday Boot Camp is scheduled for 23rd November to 4th December 2015.

For further questions, comments and/or suggestions about the Holiday Boot Camp, please contact @iLabAfrica on 0724 239 020 or Email: tweru@strathmore.edu.

Kids Unleash Impressive Creativity at @iLabAfrica Holiday Bootcamp

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We all love holidays! No one can tell you the value of a holiday better than kids in primary and secondary schools in Kenya.  More so the ones in boarding schools. Its a break from the early morning preps and the strict routine that has to be endured for a whole term.

School holidays in Kenya are usually during the months of April, August and December. During these times parents are happy to be reunited with their children but they dread one thing- Idleness! Every parent wants their kids to enjoy the holidays but at the same time they want them occupied with positive activities that engage them mentally and physically so as not to fall into wayward activities, bad company or boredom! This is where the @iLabAfrica Holiday Bootcamp comes in!

The @iLabAfrica  Hol­i­day Boot­camp is an ini­ti­at­ive  star­ted in 2014 for school-going chil­dren in primary and sec­ond­ary schools. The pro­gram seeks to intro­duce IT to children at an early age through fun and inter­act­ive activ­it­ies such as devel­op­ing games, blogs, websites and anim­a­tions using vari­ous tools and technologies. And the icing on the cake- mentorship and career coaching! IT professionals from blue-chip  IT firms in Kenya engage the kids offering mentorship and guidance on careers in IT.

The bootcamp which ran for the second time this year between 11th and 15th August attracted kids from various primary and secondary schools in Kenya. The young ones were eager to learn right from day one. They worked on group and individual projects on blogging, web development and animations under the guidance of Peter Njoroge, the lead holiday bootcamp instructor at @iLabAfrica.

On the final day of the training the kids had developed mind blowing web applications and animations. They were awarded with certificates and prizes for their hard work. One of the best applications was from Mezmure Dawit, a primary school pupil who created a website using WordPress and blog using Wix, about his favorite football team- FC Barcelona, as well as an animated pirates game. Other works of the students can be seen here.

Oracle Kenya also provided mentorship and career coaching for the August holiday edition of the bootcamp. “I was impressed to hear one of the pupils ask me for my email address so that he could send me links to  his blog and website! It is very encouraging when kids have this kind of exposure to technology and we are very happy to see what @iLabAfrica is doing with these kids” , explained Mr. David Owino from Oracle Kenya.

@iLabAfrica hopes to continue offering these holiday bootcamps and improving them to offer school-going children a worthwhile experience during vacation.

Refer a child and learn more about the @iLabAfrica Holiday Bootcamp here.

@iLabAfrica holds a Holiday Boot Camp for Primary and High School Students

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Primary and high school students on holiday were treated to a one of a kind boot camp at @iLabAfrica between the 22nd and 26th of April 2014. The boot camp aimed at sparking interest in ICT and introducing innovation and mobile programming among the youngsters at an early age. The students also received motivational talks and career guidance during the boot camp. The talks were given by representatives from leading IT firms in the country. These included Veronicah Ogeto and David Tole from Safaricom, George Gichobi from Samsung and Michael Mutiga from Fatboy Animations. The training was conducted by Moses Weda from @iLabAfrica.

The boot-camp was attended by students from Makini Primary School, Makini High School and High Way Secondary School. They were introduced to the world of 3d game programming using java where they learnt how to create 3d animated stories, movies and games.

@iLabAfrica intends to continue with programs and activities that exposed innovation and ICT to students at an early age.