Fri Oct 19 2018

Ghana Code Club exposes kids to coding ASW18

Ghana Code Club exposes kids to coding ASW18

By Noel N. Emmanuel

The maiden African Science Week Ghana celebrations, an initiative of the Africa Institute of Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), Next Einstein Forum (NEF) is scheduled for September 25 to 29.

The celebrations will be held in over 34 African countries including Ghana, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Rwanda South Africa, Tanzania, Sudan among others.

The event is Africa’s biggest annual celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) will bring together over 5000 participants and stakeholders aimed at promoting the adoption of STEM across the African continent.

The President of AIMS Ghana, Lucy Quist said, “we are truly excited that Ghana is joining 33 other African countries to commemorate the NEF Africa Science Week for the very first time this year.

"This celebration presents our country with a unique opportunity to elevate the conversation, drive greater participation and celebrate individuals and organisations in STEM in Ghana”.

She is convinced “Africa is on the verge of economic transformation built on STEM. We have a unique opportunity to truly transform our economies leveraging STEM as an accelerator.

"Platforms such as the NEF Science Week are a great starting point for meaningful conversations and engagements. We are looking forward to a truly memorable celebration”.

The one week celebration will commence on Tuesday 25th September with regional events targeted at empowering through practical and immersive STEM experiences across the Volta, Northern, Ashanti and Greater Accra regions.

It will be started with initiatives such as coding and virtual reality outreaches, Open Science experiential, data science and hackathons among others.

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Below is the programme scheduled for the four-day event:

Day 1 — Full day Coding and Virtual Reality workshop for pupils from selected Junior High Schools in Ho (Volta Region) in partnership with the Ghana Code Club and Ho Node. Participants will be empow-ered to code games using Scratch programming.

Day 2 — Full day Practical Science and Open hardware activities in selected schools in Tamale (Northern Region) in partnership with TeachForGhana

Day 3 — Exhibition of local innovations and conversation on Open Science and Hardware for local business plus hands on STEM activations for selected basic schools in Kumasi (Ashanti Region) in partnership with Kumasi Hive.

Day 4 — Full day Africa Science Week Conference and Exhibitions involving keynotes, panel discussions and exhibitions of the latest innovations in STEM at the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, Accra.

Day 5 — STEM open day and exhibitions for young people at the Planetarium, and a Data Science & Hackathon (Data-thon) for problem solvers in collaboration with the Planetarium, Developers in Vogue and Global Lab Network.

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The Ghana Code Club is an after-school program that teaches children computer programming skills. Children between ages 5-17 can join any of our coding programs from Schools, Community Centers and Libraries to learn to create computer games, animations, interactive arts, websites and mobile apps..

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