Summer Camp Let’s Code and STEM Teacher Training
The American Center held the «Let’s Code» summer camp from June 17 to July 3. The program was organized for 9–14 year-old school children with an interest for coding and STEM. They have strengthened their coding skills and have learned how to create their own games and interactive projects with Scratch during workshops and lectures. At the end of the program participants presented their project works to show the skills they’ve acquired.
20 school children became participants in the summer camp. Participants learned about the Scratch programming language, mastered the techniques and methods of work. They gained skills in designing with Scratch, learned about effective variables, developed bots and games.
STEAM and Makerspace trainer, AMC Partner Ibrohimsho Abduchaborov, led master classes and lectures. Ibrohimsho designed the syllabus of the course and has helped participants with their most challenging questions.
STEM Teacher Training
Professional training for instructors and teachers of subjects related to information technology and engineering (STEM, IT) was held at the American Center on July 1-3. The training was devoted to enriching the educational opportunities of regional students though STEM-related programming. Six teachers and trainers from Vladikavkaz, Saratov, Nizhny Novgorod and Moscow region were invited to participate in the program.
Six professionals became participants in the three-day training. They learned how to create extracurricular educational programs. Participants learned about the techniques and formats of project activities, about the evaluation of project results and their implementation. As part of the training, the invitees also observed the Let’s Code Camp for kids. They were highly involved in the process of every-day workshops, and gave their feedback to the participants. They have discussed the course methodology and specifics of coding on Scratch with the program’s facilitator, exchanged experience of teaching IT classes.
They have highly evaluated the training content and organization and said they would use the methods shared in their work. One of the IT teachers says: «Such programs help to develop the STEM teachers community, where specialists are able to connect and discuss the most challenging questions of IT pedagogy.»
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