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News | Program: YouthSpark Ukraine

Presentation of Kodu Game Lab during ITBabyFest in Zaporizhzhya | 14 Oct 2017


During the ITBabyFest, the first IT-festival for children in Zaporizhzhya, the IDEA Training Center of NGO Institute of Public Development ‘Ortega-y-Gasset’ made a presentation on using the visual designer of the HomeGame Lab, which allows participants of ‘IDEA Project Powered by Microsoft YouthSpark’ creating 3D games without profound knowledge of the KODU programming language. Participants of the IT-festival, including parents and their children asked a lot of questions and were interested in taking part in further training programs of the IDEA Center.
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KODU GAME LAB for school students | 4 Oct 2017

A presentation of Kodu Game Lab for students of the 7th grade of secondary school №11 of Tokmak city was held on October 10. The trainer taught the students how to create KODU GAME LAB computer games and tools, and showed how they work. The students forgot about the ring for the class break and dreamed about creating their own characters. Everyone without exception was struck by how fast on bright landscapes, characters of the game, interesting visual effects and even sound support can be created at the computer. Guys and girls have plunged into the fantastic world of adventure, which previously seemed inaccessible to ordinary schoolchildren. The children were so enthralled with the theme of the event that they expressed their wish to study programming in the future in more detail.
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Kodu training for students of Kyiv Higher Professional School of Technology and Clothing Design | 23 Sep 2017

Within the framework of the IDEA Project Powered by Microsoft YouthSpark, a training was held on the basis of the Kyiv Higher Professional School of Technology and Clothing Design on the topic "Introduction to the Kodu Programming Visual Environment". The event was conducted by a trainer of the IDEA Training Center of NGO ‘Volunteer’. During the class, students got acquainted with the new platform for programming, the process and the main stages of working in it, and created their characters in the game space."
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Training for children with special needs | 14 Sep 2017


On September 14, 2017, a trainer of the IDEA Center of NGO ‘Chayka’ (Gull) again visited Klevan specialized boarding school for children. The trainer of the IDEA Rivne Educational Center Oksana Salivonchyk, together with the Rivne District Center for Social Services for the Children and Youth Family, again held a training session for students of this educational institution. During the training, IDEA trainer introduced the participants to one of the most popular professions, a programmer. Students were able to try themselves as a programmer by performing simple tasks. It was especially useful for children to work as a single team. While forming simple logistical blocks children developed logical thinking and imagination. Teamwork helped children understand that it's easy to program !!! Teachers of the institution were also involved in the process, and they were very surprised how easy the children were able to cope with the difficult tasks. The event was conducted through the IDEA project with the support of Microsoft YouthSpark.
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Training workshop for unemployed youth at the Rivne district employment center | 13 Sep 2017


On September 13, 2017, the IDEA Training Center "Seagull" (Rivne) hosted a training workshop for unemployed youth at the Rivne district employment center. During the seminar, the participants got acquainted with free online resources for self-education, raising their skills in civic education, computer skills and programmer skills. It was especially interesting for young people to find new educational opportunities in the areas of programming and entrepreneurship. According to young people, these areas are among the most promising in the labor market. The training took place thanks to the IDEA Project Powered by Microsoft YouthSpark.
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Training of trainers of the IDEA Center in Tokmak | 5 Sep 2017

Within the framework of the IDEA Center work of NGO Institue of Public Development ‘Ortega-y-Gasset’ in Tokmak, a training of trainers was conducted on coding and other Computer Sciences topics. The training included practical exercises on Kodu Game Lab and Wordpress, which greatly improved the competencies of the 10 trainers who participated in the event.
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Web Design training sessions in Vinnytsya | 4 Sep 2017

During several Web Design training sessions held by the IDEA Center of NGO "Protection" (Vinnytsya) on September 4-29, 2017, the participants had classes on such topics as including "Basics of Web Design and Web Programming", "Using CSS in Website Design Simulation", and "Fundamentals of PHP to create a website's dynamics". The classes were held within the framework of the IDEA Project Powered by Microsoft YouthSpark.
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In Prymorsk, children created the virtual worlds in Kodu | 31 Aug 2017


In Prymorsk city library, a training for children on programming in Kodu was held on August 27, 2017. By their activity, children created an incredible atmosphere during the activity. They were very attentive to what the trainer tough them. During the training, children worked in teams that were given a task to create their own virtual worlds. As the mother of one participant noted, "if my daughter likes it, then the training is successful." After the classes, the children rushed home to continue the on-handed case on their own computers.
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Microsoft Visual Basic course | 28 Jul 2017

At the classes, the participants studied Microsoft Visual Basic. This course is introductory for all those who want to understand the principles of programming. The Microsoft Visual Basic development environment provides tools for visual design of the user interface and is considered a powerful tool for rapid development of applications. It is used for the component way of creating programs that run almost all versions of Microsoft Windows operating systems.
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Hour of code for children living at a family-type children home in Rivne Oblast | 20 Jul 2017


The trainer of the IDEA Rivne Training Center of NGO “Chaika” (Gull), together with specialists of the Center of Social Services for Family, Children and Youth, visited a family-type children home on July 20, where more than 15 underage children are raised. During the visit, representatives of the social center communicated with the caregivers about the peculiarities of preparing children for independent living and the development of children's creative and intellectual abilities. At this time, the IDEA coach held a training for the young people on the selection of the future occupation, with particular emphasis on the IT sector. Also, by using special cards, the trainer carried out a class on the topic "Hour of Code without computers". Children willingly accomplished simple tasks and plunged into the world of programming. Some children got interested in this development platform and have already tried to use it online.
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