Meet and Code pays tribute to the resilient coders in Ukraine, young and old, who continued to advance digital skills in the face of adversity.
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As we commemorate the first year since Russia invaded Ukraine, resulting in thousands of deaths, and injuries and leaving millions displaced, we are shining the spotlight on the resilience and courage displayed by the Ukrainian non-profit organizations (NPOs), parents, and children that took part in Meet and Code activities last year.
Despite the destruction and severe disruptions that were brought about by the war, young Ukrainians were more than eager to continue improving their digital skills. This was reflected by our 2022 Impact numbers which recorded 33,700 participants who took part in the initiative, with over 10% (3,600) being Ukrainian refugees based in Europe.
Ukrainian Meet and Code workshops are more important than ever GURT, a Meet and Code partner, coordinated coding events with the Ukrainian NPO Association Noosphere. The NPO is dedicated to promoting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills, and they collaborated to organize VEX Robo Week in Dnipro on October 24-27.
Explaining the workshop, Olga Zima, Social projects lead at Association Noosphere, says that they taught participants to build “dancing robots” to navigate mazes and slalom obstacles. “The robots could even deliver cargo along a specified route.”
Working with mentors, she adds that they learned the basics of building algorithms, Scratch programming and teamwork. “The program was based on VEX 123 and VEX GO, part of the VEX robotics systems, which offers an educational platform and robotic constructors for education and competition and is quite popular in the US and Europe.”
“One of the tasks for the young engineers was to assemble a spirograph robot to draw beautiful spiral patterns,” she explains. “The children painted 50 postcards with the help of these robots, and the organizers will be delivering them to the soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
“Our big dream is to show the world that Ukrainians are talented in different spheres. Participants from Ukraine have already become winners and prize-winners at international robotics competitions. But not in VEX robotics, we are not very familiar with this direction. With this initiative, we introduce young Ukrainian inventors to the best practices in the field,” points out Zima.
Young Ukrainian coders have big plans for their futures:
Two participants of VEX Robo Week decided to enter the Meet and Code Superstar initiative and compete for the opportunity to win a Photon robot. Here’s what some of them had to say: