Aisha Hagi-Aden: Innovative Youth Programs

By Aisha Hagi-Aden

Offering kids an opportunity to code outside of the classroom may be one of the best gifts we can provide as parents and community partners.

When a child learns to code, a new world of opportunity is available to them. Learning how to code is what helped Bill Gates create Microsoft and Mark Zuckerberg develop Facebook. Kids who code may one day earn a dream job at companies like Apple or Google.

Kids who code can learn how to create websites, video games, apps for smartphones, or even start their own company.

As a matter of fact, the late Steve Jobs, the man who made Apple what it is today, once said: “Everybody in this country should learn to program a computer… because it teaches you how to think.”

Proficiency in basic code is one of the best skills a child can learn, and during this special event on July 28th, 2015, we will introduce your child to “Scratch”. This amazing tool was designed to help children create customized stories, games, and animations through programming language.

During this special event, we can help your child tap into their creativity through an overview of the Global Cardboard Challenge, an initiative that encourages children of all ages around the world to build something amazing out of cardboard, recycled materials, technology and imagination.

But we won’t stop there….We will introduce youth to an amazing new technology of 3-D printing.

These printers are interesting because they can produce everyday things in three-dimensions using different materials, all from the same machine. They can make just about anything from plastic toys, dishes, cups and metal machine parts toaisha blog prosthetic limbs and chocolate cake. Yes, 3-D printers can make chocolate cake too!

Aisha Hagi-Aden is a 4th year student in the Bachelor of Social Work program at Carleton University. She recently completed a placement at Somali Center for Family Services and is working this summer at the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games.

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