The aim of these sessions is to teach the participants some basic code and how to implement iteration and simple algorithms. This will be achieved through the use of robots – Dash and Dot.
Using Blockly, a programming language, one can give directions to these robots. Though the sessions will be conducted online, the kids will experience a real world interaction when their code is run. First teaching by example, the participants will soon be able to come up with commands themselves as they become more involved.
Through this experience we will be demystifying the world of technology and programming to the participants, especially girls, who will be the main focus of the event. In fact, the sessions will be delivered by three female (and one male!) programmers aged between 20 and 70, representing different generations of women versed in IT.
The target audience is a mixture of boys and girls (we're all equally capable) aged between 8 to 13 years who are from the inner city/harbour area in Malta, known as Cottonera.
The delivery of the sessions will be in Maltese which makes it possible for even local participants from disadvantaged backgrounds to easily follow what's being taught.