30 January 2018
A free training for basic computer programming course is being conducted by Myanmar STEM Education Association at TTC School in Yangon from January 30th to 31st.
Grade 3 to 10 student are learning the “Hour of Code” guided by the volunteers of Myanmar STEM Education Association at the school. The “Hour of Code” is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in over 180 countries.
Headmistress, TTC Practicing High School, Dr. Moe Thu said “STEM is a kind of education focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics that is well-known in the United States and European countries. Computer programming is part of the STEM education and it has a great potential to be an important education. But Myanmar students are still left behind from it. This is the very first training of its kind in Myanmar. We plan to conduct the similar training during the summer holiday.”
TTC is the biggest state school in Myanmar with the capacity of nearly 7,200 students for this academic year. Among them, 380 students are fairly chosen for this “Hour of Code” program. The certificate will be awarded to the students.
Executive Director, Myanmar STEM Education Association (MSEA), Aung Naing Oo said “Computer programming is leading ahead in the education system of western countries. In this 21st century, Computer Programming is very important for everyone. But Myanmar is still left behind in this subject. So, I founded a school named “Engineering for Kid” franchise with the America firm. Over 100 students are learning at our school. As it’s a foreign franchise, the school fee is a little bit high. Not everyone can afford to join it. That’s why I decide to teach it to the students from government schools in free of charge.”
Every student should learn computer science as it helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path. Myanmar STEM Education Association is planning to introduce the STEM education to much more schools in 2019 while Dagon-1 high school is the next destination for our program.