About the programme
The programme “Coding Champions” (“Mistrzowie Kodowania”) is carried out by Samsung Electronics Poland in co-operation with the following partners: Centrum Edukacji Obywatelskiej (Centre of Civic Education), Centrum Cyfrowe Projekt: Polska (Digital Centre Project: Poland), Fundacja CoderDojo (CoderDojo Foundation), Fundacja Rozwoju Społeczeństwa Informacyjnego (Foundation for the Development of Informational Society) and Stowarzyszenie “Rodzice w Edukacji” (“Parents in Education” Society) with the support of the group SuperBelfrzy RP (SuperTeachersRP). Its aim is to promote the teaching of programming in Polish schools.
Programming teaches many skills which are crucial in today’s world – informed use of technology, analysis of information, using knowledge in practice, creativity, independent reaching of solutions and work in a team. Thanks to programming young people learn to understand the world around them and the changes occurring in it. They are not only passive recipients of technology, but are able to use it to carry out their own projects.
We are concerned with ensuring that such an important area of modern life is not reserved only for a select few. We want to show that learning the skill of programming can be fun and easy – for students and teachers alike.
Starting from Scratch
The first programming language which our students will learn as part of the project is Scratch, which was designed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MiT). Scratch provides an environment that is primary school student-friendly, easy to use, and all for free.
Scratch is an intuitional programming language, allowing students to create games, multimedia shows, short stories and other projects. Its undoubted asset is the immediate effect a student can observe after starting up a programme they have designed. This is very significant, as students wish to see the results of their work soon. This way of learning also helps them maintain their focus and motivation to continue discovering the secrets of programming.
In version 1.4, Scratch can be downloaded do a computer and used without Internet access.
Baltie – i.e. controlling a wizard. The programme Baltie is a child-friendly and easy programme for learning the skill of programming, which will teach a child to think creatively. By learning the basics of this programme from our coursebooks (published by Migra), students will be able to easily create their own animations, which will provide a lot of pleasure and familiarise them with the possibilities offered by a computer.