With the intention to provide secondary school students with real-life exposure of the IT industry, the Rotary Club of Aberdeen and Salvation Army cooperated with CityU Apps Lab to organize a serial of coding workshops named ‘Code for Future’—specially tailored for future pillars of the nation.
‘Code for Future’ began with fundamental computing skills and moved on to simple programming tasks by stages gradually; every student is welcome to join and even those with zero knowledge of coding can easily get themselves oriented. “Code for Future workshops greatly helped students to get basic understanding of how actual IT-related work procedure is and how different jobs are finished with aid of computers; the benefit of the workshop series is especially significant when compared with computer classes taught in secondary schools,” claimed Candy Chung, the Charter President and Service Projects Director of Rotary Club of Aberdeen. According to Ms. Chung, students’ learning experience was enriched by diverse contents of the workshops such as programming and mobile application development, which are not covered in mainstream school computer education.
Bill Yau, a F.6 graduate and one of the participants in Code for Future workshops, finds the workshops eye-opening, practical and interesting. Being a game maniac, he is eager to find out those mystic concepts covered by the graphics and game plays. “I learnt some basic coding before and was amazed by its power. It is really difficult to believe that one can actually create a game from a few lines of codes. ” He exhibited a strong interest in programming and wished to pursue a degree in Computer Science in the future. “I would like to join other coding courses in advance level so as to improve my programming skills and further dig down the beauty of coding in my future studies,” added him.
“It is very obvious that IT knowledge and skills will become the key to secure one’s future, especially secondary school students, who will step into the job market very soon. Youngsters are the most creative and dynamic group, people have been greatly impressed by their adaptability, learning speed and creativity; hence, teaching secondary students programming is feasible and effective.” said Patrick Mak, the Chairman of Rotary Club of Aberdeen. Mak wished to ‘upgrade’ Code for Future into a complete and comprehensive project which allows students to pick up, practice and master programming in a structured and effective way.
“The phrase ‘Code for Future’ not only expresses the significance of programming skills in attaining job security, it also represents the importance of ‘coding’ for one’s future, in other words, the necessity to be prepared and well-planned for the future,” said Mak. He hoped that secondary school students can make good use of the workshops to think about their future and career development. For the upcoming plans, Mak is going to bring students to visit IT-related companies like Tencent and Huawei. Furthermore, he is working closely with CAL in organizing more coding workshops, successful industry pioneers’ talks, and IT career expo for secondary school students to hunt for IT-related jobs.
Mak believed that by taking part in the workshops, students may ignite the spark in their hearts which will drive them to continue exerting effort in learning codes and reach a whole new level.