SOPARKIDS (School of Programming and Robotics for Kids) is an initiative borne out of the need to bridge the gap in computer science education and to introduce African children to the new and fast growing technology of coding and robotics.
Child always whats to play games and have fun, that is why there are children, I asked children of different ages from 7 to 18 yrs what there will what to do these Summer,
His name is Elvis Chidera and he is 16 years old. If his name rings a bell, you probably remember him as the 14 year-old Nairalander who claimed to build this Bulk SMS app from scratch, writing J2ME code solely on his mobile phone.
I had given up on why I gave birth to my children in this part of the world. But I change that thought when my children started the summer program, my children have never been able to concentrate to do a thing but during this summer program I saw them working so hard to focus and do their project. Image the shock I had when I woke up one night to see them on the computer seriously working on a game they were to present."
"The introduction to coding and Robotics has opened my imagination to the fact that I can make anything I think of possible, like I made my own games, told my stories in the form of cartoons , I learnt how to build a robot and that's nice"
During the summer program I saw the creativity of the children unravel and they doing beyond they taught they could do, the spirit of teamwork became a part of them in the course of the summer. Because when they first came to us they all didn't believe they needed each other to be a part of something great and do something mind blowing, they didn't believe they could be given a task to do within a short time and do it very well. I believe that just like these children, every child has a great island of creativity and potential waiting to be found."