Catching them young is one way most of the technological developed nations scale. The need to get the young ones acquainted with the most basic of information technology (IT) becomes imperative as the nation digitizes and diversifies from an oil based economy to IT services. CodeFest /CV hubs bring Lagos kids to the fore with the “Innovative Kids Expo” targeted at kids from five years upwards to get used to the basics of coding. Having a conducive environment as Golden Tulip Hotel, FESTAC, Lagos, the kids would be prepared for the future as CODEFEST unleashes what it takes to be competitive in the future.
Speaking to the media, the founder and organiser of the program Moss Uromata said “we are going to expose the kids to a whole lot such as Virtual Reality, computer programming tools, robotics tools, DIY Kits, craft etc. This would be with online learning and on-site solutions delivered to the kids by the best talents, engineers and our third parties. Kids are expected to come with their laptops and be ready to develop a product in 3D.”
“The innovative products developed by the kids will be exhibited on the demo day (Lagos Innovative Kidsville EXPO), as we are tilting to a global economy that is dominated by knowhow and ICT skills, the need for our kids to be exposed to these things at an early stage. This would give them the desired head start in life”, he added.
Kids learn computational thinking – When kids learn to read and write code, they develop cognitive skills and learn a methodical, problem-solving process that resembles a computer. Kids learn to use logic – Logical thinking is required for coding. Looking at countries that are leading the way in technological innovation, we find students spend a greater amount of time in education outside of school – traditionally in a tutoring or enrichment capacity, this is what the program is looking at. With this program, the kids would develop the required skillset to compete in the future economy. The Lagos Innovative Kidsville EXPO would be a defining point in the future economic narrative.