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CNAPS Volunteers Have Helped Launch Innovational Workshop “Educational Robotics»

Russia | Cisco Networking Academies for Public Service (CNAPS) Program | 18 Jan 2012







Success
In Medvedevo village, outside of Yoshkar-Ola City, there is a regional Center for Youth and Children’s Creative Technics. The center established a classroom lab that is called «Educational Robotics». The goals and objectives of the lab are ambitious and innovative: to develop pedagogical techniques of engineering and technical education for students as an after school program. It will help to develop creative technics and primary engineering thinking skills among children and teenagers.

Overview
In Medvedevo village, outside of Yoshkar-Ola City, there is a regional Center for Youth and Children’s Creative Technics. The center established a classroom lab that is called «Educational Robotics». The goals and objectives of the lab are ambitious and innovative: to develop pedagogical techniques of engineering and technical education for students as an after school program. It will help to develop creative technics and primary engineering thinking skills among children and teenagers. The center even has several computers, materials and the software necessary to achieve its goal and objectives. However, the program still cannot function. The reason for this is that “the center doesn’t have any IT-specialists who could make the lab run and help children and teenagers develop their IT-skills” explains Lilya Ermolaeva, principle of the center. She goes on to say “We don’t have any budget for IT-services and the only way to run the lab is with the help of volunteers.”

CNAPS volunteers who have successfully finished their training in the Cisco Networking Academy of Yoshkar-Ola decided to help the center in spite of the fact that Medvedevo is far outside of the city and volunteers had to spend extra time for their trip to the site.

The volunteers examined the computers the center had and built a few more computers to use the lab more productively. They also installed the software, set up a LAN in the laboratory, and set up printers for employees in order to make their work easier and faster. Now the Center can work as it was intended and fulfill its mission. Children are glad they have new opportunities in the area of their interests. The principal, Lilya Ermolaeva, sincerely appreciates the free but high quality help of the CNAPS program and thanks CNAPS volunteers for their hard work.

The leaders of the CNAPS program in Yoshkar-Ola comments, “We were glad to see the following tendency: organizations look for contacts, are eager to cooperate and welcome any offer of help. In return we are pleased to know that these are our volunteers who helped set up the classroom of “Educational Robotics”