ŠUZA - "From school to science and the academic community"

Students attending the computing workshop at FER     


The popularization of science program “ŠUZA – from school to science and the academic community” is the new official popularization of science program of the University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (FER). The Program is intended for primary and secondary education students and their teachers. Through visits to schools, educational workshops for teachers and events at the Faculty their interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields is encouraged.

FER’s partners in this Program are the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.) and the student association eSTUDENT. The program is developed in cooperation and with the support of the Education and Teacher Training Agency (AZOO) and the Agency for Vocational Education and Training and Adult Education (ASOO).

The "Hour of Code" Workshop...

An interactive workshop titled "Hour of Code", was held on Sunday, December 15th 2013., at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (FER). More than 100 attendees from the ages 6 to 46 attended the workshop and got acquainted with coding while writing their first computer programs.

The workshop was organized through the " ŠUZA - Iz škole u znanost i akademsku zajednicu " program for the promotion of science at FER in cooperation with the IEEE society and the student association eSTUDENT.
Judging by the reactions and positive feedback received from the participants, the workshop was deemed a success. In addition, we received multiple request for future workshops, which are in line with the objectives of the " ŠUZA " program.

More details below.

The workshop was held as a part of worldwide project “Computer Science Education Week”, a project that promotes computing science. The project is supported by many celebrities and world famous peoples such as Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Ashton Kutcher, Barack Obama, Will.i.Am and many others. The project goal is to achieve a greater acessibility and to encourage computing skills, especially logical thought, among the society. As an important skill in todays globaly connected enviorement through modern tecnology, these skills are becoming more and more important.



Before the beginning of the workshop students were grouped into smaller groups


Workshop applications were arriving merely few hours before it’s’ beginning. So the initial plan of holding it in two classrooms expanded to four classrooms. The students were grouped into twenty groups, depending on their own skill and age. The beginners group included preschool children, and the most advanced group included students that have proved themselves through various computing competitions. The workshop also attended about twenty grown-ups who were keen to learn something new.


Even the youngest attendees managed to do their first computing steps


Each group had their own teacher who was their guide through first computing steps. The teachers were Faculty employees or elder students who had recognized the importance of this workshop and wanted to help in any way possible. With their help each workshop’s student managed to pass the course that was appropriated for them, and for that the students were awarded with the certificate.


The younger student groups with their certificates


Pleased teachers after successfully completed workshop


Organizing committee would like to thank student organization eSTUDENT and all the workshop’s teachers for helping to make this workshop possible, and for making the beauty of science and computing closer to everyone.

Author: Ivana Pek
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