50 children participate in coding sessions

For the second consecutive year, coding sessions have been carried out during SkolaSajf in four schools; Valletta, Floriana, Marsa and Gżira.

Around 50 children aged between 8 and 12 years were taught how to create simple animations and games with Scratch, which is a visual programming language targeted primarily for children. Three ICT students who are currently following advanced diploma and degree level courses at MCAST, delivered the training.

The learning outcomes included the mapping of a series of sequential instructions, the breaking down of complex tasks into smaller manageable tasks, and identifying errors in sequencing instructions. Furthermore, such sessions are meant to help children develop logical thinking skills, and empower them to master the basic principles of coding when living in a increasingly digitally literate society.

The coding sessions were possible through an ongoing collaboration between the Foundation for Educational Services and the Malta Communications’ Authority. Parliamentary Secretary for Digital Economy and Innovation Silvio Schembri was present for the sessions.