GOW in Germany: School kids learn how to code

A primary school in Berlin, Kreuzberg starts today a new offer: programming games easily yourself with SCRATCH! With SCRATCH! Children learn programming by combining program modules, so-called "blocks", in a script window.

"Learning in the 21st century means to provide children with creative resources that allow them to develop solutions to the tasks of their future," says the professional, author and conceptualist Norbert Kerkhey who will supervise today´s event. "SCRATCH! is a programming language that understands each child quickly and it is simply fun. "

It is planned to place the offer regularly as a school-community work. In the future a so-called "Maker Lab" will be provided in which also hardware elements can be tinkered with.

"Every child should have the opportunity to get to know the other side from computers and to determine for themselves what is happening on the screen or how to move and control things. This is a good way to promote media literacy," said Gerhard Seiler, CEO of Stiftung Digitale Chancen. "I am delighted that we have managed to raise an offer that is interesting for children, teachers and parents alike."

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