Arduino: Train the trainers with YTCA

ytcaThe Young Tunisian Coders Academy is an organisation aimed to promote coding culture in the country. The founders are students from INSAT who have been in the USA for exchange program. They won the the AEIF competition grant. They started late 2015 by making workshop of Scratch around the country. For their summer camp, they wanted to do more. They asked me to make a training about Arduino to their trainers. The workshop was held during 2 days: One reserved for Scratch 4 Arduino, and the second for Blocklyduino Enhanced.

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Blocklyduino Enhanced at the national tool fair

foireThis tool fair is is part of an international network of educational tool fair. These tools are usually non conventional educational tool. My tool (Blocklyduino Enhanced) was selected and I did a workshop of 1H30. There were several sessions and the attendees should choose between tools. I made a small presentation about it and a lot of people were interested. Because it is a technical tool, I got some students, a university teachers and youth trainers. My tool was selected among all the tools (20 I think) to be presented in the international tool fair of Malta.

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Workshop for master degree students

Facebook2After my bachelor degree, and after being a teacher, I’ve been enrolled into a master degree called: New educational technologies in a university called “ISEFC”. My master project was an online course on scratch 2.0. In 2014, Scratch was not still known in Tunisia and the coding movement was just starting. Early 2016, I’ve be asked to make a workshop about scratch in this master program. They explained to me that the course was called: “Innovations in Education” and it was made out of workshops about important innovation. So, I proposed to make 3 workshops: Scratch, App Inventor and Arduino.

Facebook1The students were mainly teachers in different fields from primary to high school. The most successful workshop was the Arduino one. Students were really excited making activities and sharing photos and videos on social media like Facebook.

Arduino workshop for middle school in Menzel Abdelrahmen (Bizerte)

LAfter visiting my club in Tinja, a colleague from the city of Menzel abdelrahmen asked me to make a workshop for a small group of his middle school student. He wanted to know about the Arduino and how to program it with blocks. He is planning to introduce this on his future lessons and club.

 

 

Technovation Challenge national pitch 2016

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TechnovationFor this second edition, I’ve been asked to be a judge in the Technovation challenge. In this competition, girls from 10 to 17 should make mobile apps that resolve a community issue. I was highly surprised by the quality of the presentations and the way girls were defending their idea. Although English is the third language in Tunisia, these little girls did not have problems to express them self.

The event was sponsored by the US embassy in Tunis and the telecoms operator “Orange”.

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Le premier Mai 2016, j’ai eu l’honneur d’être pour la deuxième fois parmi le jury national de la compétition internationale Technovation. Cette compétition a pu rassembler une super élite de filles Tunisiennes âgées entre 10 et 17 ans. Des filles qui étaient appelées à réaliser des applications mobile pour résoudre un problème dans la communauté. Ces filles sont vraiment exceptionnelles à tous les niveaux: la maîtrise de la langue Anglaise, la façon de présenter les applications, la façon de défendre les idées, le vocabulaire employé. Le jury discutait avec une fille qui n’avait que 13 ans et j’avais l’impression de parler avec un adulte et sur un thème lourd. D’habitude, j’essaye d’adapter mon vocabulaire à l’âge de mon interlocuteur. Mais, avec beaucoup de jeunes filles je n’ai pas eu besoin à le faire.
A chaque présentation, je sentais une nouvelle vague d’énergie positive qui nous envahissait. Et à chaque nouvelle présentation, c’était une autre façon de présenter, on dirait que les idées n’en finissent jamais. Rares sont les événement où on peut sentir cette énergie. Le plus proche serait peut être TuniRobots même si ce n’est pas la même catégorie. J’étais vraiment éblouit par le niveau et je n’arrivais pas à croire qu’on a en Tunisie des filles aussi jeune, aussi dynamique avec un tel niveau et enthousiasme. Pourquoi? Comment elles sont arrivées là? Beaucoup de question sans réponse. Une chose est sûre, malgré leur jeune âge, je considère que leur rencontre ma marqué et je me considère chanceux de faire partie du Jury et d’avoir l’honneur de les rencontrer. Est ce que je suis en train d’exagérer? Absolument pas! L’expérience Technovation c’est comme le voyage: un ensemble de moments à vivre pleinement … que les mots seront incapable de les décrire.

What next? This is the question now!

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Photo credit: The US Embassy in Tunis : Facebook link
Technovation Tunisia national pitch 2016 video