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[WATCH] Got some coding in you? ‘Hour of Code’ gets students closer to computer sciences

School children programme cars and robots in coding activities hosted by Pembroke school

5 December 2016, 4:51pm
Minister Manuel Mallia inspecting a robot
Minister Manuel Mallia inspecting a robot
 
School Children join global Hour of Code • Video by James Bianchi
Maltese students, like their peers worldwide, this morning participated in the Hour of Code, a one-hour introduction to computer science designed to encourage students to pursue careers in technology.

Malta’s event was held in collaboration with the Malta Communications Authority, under the patronage of Digital Economy Minister Emmanuel Mallia.

This activity involved  primary school children, who were given the opportunity to see how programmable robots worked and run computational exercises. In the event hosted at St Clara Primary in Pembroke, close to 300 students aged between 8 and 10 programmed cars and robots.

The ‘Hour of Code’ is a global initiative that aims to demystify coding and raise awareness on the opportunities that computer science can present.

 Close to 300 million children have participated in the event worldwide since it was rolled out in 2013. It is widely believed that the benefits of learning programming at a young age helps children as young as five gain advantages in thinking, processing and communicating.

This coding event was also endorsed by MEPs Miriam Dalli and Roberta Metsola.

 
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