- Written by Queen Munguti for KenyaKidz
Kenyan parents seeking to give their children a chance to develop more skills can do so by enrolling them at Discovery Center, a club that teaches children how to create mobile games and application, through coding.
“We are a children’s club that teaches children science but in a fun way using blocks, that way they are able to interact with the subject and even remember easily compared to reading from a textbook,” said Lexy Andati, the coding instructor at the club.
The club makes it easier for children to understand science by making it interactive. They accomplish this by also organizing Science presentations and shows, hands-on Science investigations, Science Competitions, Science Exhibitions, field trips and organizing Science driven events such as science days, weeks and fairs.
“With coding, we teach children how to create their own games and application using a language called called scratch, a universal coding language specifically developed for teaching children at the technology University Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). They learn web and 3D design, coding of smartphone applications, games, electronics, robotics and child online protection.”
Scratch is a visual language that is internationally used to teach kids how to write computer programs, application, animations and games. It acts as a guide that leads students to the more advanced world of computer programming.
“Its main advantage is that allows children to creatively explore with technology and they are able to understand the otherwise hard subject made easy for them to understand developing such coding skills at a young age. It is also a language that encourages children to work together and collaborate on a task,” said Andati.
Computer programming has been described as one of the most important school subjects for the future and educationalist globally have been asking for it to be included in primary and secondary school curricula. Countries such as Estonia and the UK have already implemented it in their school system.
At the Discovery Centre, the advancement of children to another level depends on how fast they develop the skills. I they are quick learners, no matter, the age, they are allowed to progress to the next level. Each level has ten lessons.
The club is located on Mombasa Road, Nairobi. Its classes take place on weekdays from 8am to 4pm and weekends from 9am to 12.30pm. It is ideal for children age six to 18years old.
“At age six, a child is able to communicate effectively and they are already curious of their surroundings, so it is a good age for children to learn new skills that will prove useful into their adulthood,” said Andati.
Charges for the classes are: science is Sh3600 per topic and coding is Sh900 per session. A sibling discount is available. To get in touch with them call: 072572303.