Les Robots au Mali / African Robotics Bootcamp Ages 9-13

Les Robots au Mali / African Robotics Bootcamp Ages 9-13


CodeNerde was created by iNERDE to teach computer science in Mali to children in upper primary school and middle school It is also the first and only robotics bootcamp in Mali CodeNerde was first taught in the summer of 2016 at the Children’s City in Bamako 20 students, 10 to 13 years old took the first steps in programming by learning to move their robot blinking its LEDs and avoiding obstacles Hi. I’m Seydou Katikon I’m here with my colleague Michael Leventhal the creator of CodeNERDE Michael, tell us about CodeNERDE’s robot Sure Katikon. I chose AERbot, a tiny little robot developed at the Wyss Institute of Harvard University AERobot won several prizes in the African Robotics Network competition because it’s a robot that works in the environment here So the robot doesn’t cost much? The robot doesnt’t cost much so each student can have his own And what are advantages of its programming language, MiniBloq? MiniBloq is free. It works well on on a basic computer. And its menus can be set to French. Can children really program in MiniBloq? Absolutely, Katikon! The interface with its visual action blocks is ideal for first-time programmers. The robot opens the door to technology and science … why does it get them interested? At first, it’s a game for the kids they want to get their robot to move and they learn, quickly, to make their robot by programming but, making the robot move, that’s just the beginning … Absolutely, Katikon. The children will want to do more, but, to do that, they really have to understand how the robot works Then, they’ll need more complex programming structures. It’s a feedback system, positive and direct. And, in short order, a true intellectual curiosity takes root. The AERobots are cute … Yes. The students fall a little bit in love with their robots In reality, it’s love for their own ability to create Hi, I’m Maïmouna N’Diaye. This year I participated in CodeNERDE camp CodeNERDE was great I learned about a machine used by soldiers a machine called Enigma used to encode and decode messages they used that so that if a message fell into enemy hands they wouldn’t be able to understand it The educational science behind CodeNERDE is rigorous but it is also based on learning by play And CodeNERDE is not only programming The children develop group cohesion eating traditional African meals together and physical activity like soccer and jumping rope Our objective is to help them learn problem solving to innovate, to create, to have confidence in themselves to cooperate working in groups and to develop skills in science, technology, engineering and math that they will need to succeed in the modern world In short, to open a door for them that did not exist before [Speaking Bambara] What did you like in the camp? We did so many things –What did you love the most? We studied a lot. We made an intelligent car. We made a robot Of all those things, the thing I loved most was the robot The robot … why? Because we did great work with the robot What did you learn about robots? We learned about the parts of the robot and we learned to make the robot work I’m Rake Gueye. I’m the cousin of
Maïmouna N’Diaye. When they told me that it was a programming course I didn’t believe it because I’m in my freshman year at the university
and I’m just learning that for the first time and when I saw that she really understood it, that astonished me I want to thank her teachers because, really,
it’s incredible to teach all that to very young children I’m Ousame Dembele. I’m the father of Kamïssa Aïcha Dembele. We came for the graduation ceremony I must say, really, that I’m quite impressed What I’ve seen is really very interesting I’m a computer engineer by training So I’m in a good position to judge the
quality of what the children have learned It’s a very good program, a program at a very high level The team must be congratulated for their work All the best for the future to the iNERDE team. Thank you. My son participated in the program here His name is Alkaou Sissoko My impression of this educational program is that it’s extremely relevant in this time when information technologies are indispensible in daily life I’ve noticed that since he began not only this year, since last year he has displayed the capacity to analyze anything concerning computers I was really impressed when he told me about the
different components that make up the hard disk that, at his level, that really impressed me I mean, at such a young age to be able to program, that is just extremely impressive So, really, I offer my congratulations for
the work you’ve put into this program I wish you all success in your initiatives Thank you

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