As mentioned in the previous blog, our mega project is aimed at encouraging underprivileged students towards STEM learning. In order to reach our goal, we will be teaching Scratch, a visual programming language that helps students to easily create animations, games etc. It will act as a milestone in their journey towards technological progress.
Our project involves a lot of social effort so we had to approach certain people. At the beginning of our project, two of our people met Hadia Baji, who is an active member at ‘STEM5’. She advised us to contact the administration of a government school near our university. This was the same school where they had initiated a program in the last summer.
Moreover, three of us also held a meeting with Mr. Ali Ayaz who is leading member of UET Game Studio and had organized a recent STEM session at ‘STEM5’. He guided us about the computer activities that could actually make an impact on the lives of those deprived children. It gave us a better understanding about how to carry out the different tasks.
We also made two visits to the school. At the first time, we met the grade 5 children at school. It was quite a promising start for our project as the children responded us with great enthusiasm. We made them perform plays and also held a drawing session with them. In addition to boosting the creativity of students this experience gave us a sense of satisfaction and achievement.
On our second visit to the school, our members held a discussion with the headmaster. His approval for the program further simplified our problem. The school administration mentioned that we will need to arrange the coding sessions within the school timings of students. This required sacrificing our own university time. Hence, after negotiating amongst ourselves, we agreed on two sessions each week.
We will have a total of four sessions, working on Mondays and Wednesdays, 2 hours each. The first one will be an introduction to Scratch while the rest will focus on teaching them its use and application. The children will be developing a game by the end of code camp. Hopefully, children will get an effective idea about how is it living in a world dominated by software. This will help them develop a future passion for STEM.