In 2018-2019, PxP Embassy and the ReDI School of Digital Integration partnered up to offer multiple digital futures programs for a total of 140 students, ages 8 to 16. The course content ranged from coding and 3D printing to creative self-confidence and problem-solving skills.
The ReDI Kids programs took place on weekends, holiday breaks, and even as a weekly class during the school day. With help from sponsors like Siemens, Microsoft, and Formlabs, students gained firsthand experience with current and emerging technologies. Additionally, through various games and group activities, the students learned new ways to communicate, build trust, and work in teams.
The ReDi Kids program kicked off in July 2018 with a summer camp for 14 children, aged 10 to 14. In this week-long workshop, the participants learned all about 3D printing.
Over the 2018 Winter Holiday Break, the ReDi Kids program was offered at Flughafen Tempelhof. This time, the workshops were for the children temporarily living at the former airport, and they learned how to program robots! The kids also learned some HTML and got to code their own homepages.
During the second semester of 2019, 10th graders at the Paul-Löbe Schule in Reinickendorf, Berlin participated in the ReDI Kids program as part of their weekly computer classes. This particular workshop started with a big question: What is your dream job? The students, aged 14 to 15, were provided with prompts so they could imagine achieving their goals step by step: Which technologies can you already use? When and how do you use them? Which digital skills might you need for your dream job?
One of the best things about the workshop was seeing how engaged and motivated the students were. The simple act of believing in someone can be transformative. The students were in charge of charting their own curriculum, and they were able to thrive in an environment where their perspectives and voices were valued.
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