Even 216 of Croatian schools and educational institutions with about 9000 students participated in the Hour of Code or Sat coding project that lasted from 5 in the world and in Croatia. to 11. December This is a record number of participants and an increase of almost 20% compared to last year when 182 schools and some more 7.500 students participated in the project. Also this year, support at workshops was provided around 100 volunteers across Croatia, and the network of volunteers was provided by 15 NGOs.

Clock coding is a project that brings young people the level of awareness and knowledge about information technologies and encourages the skills needed for 21 jobs. century, implemented by the global non-governmental organization code.org with the support of Microsoft, while the project leader in Croatia is the non-governmental association Osijek Software City.
"We are happy with the number of schools and institutions involved in this ever-growing IT literacy project, which gives us the will and strength to do it every year and spread it to other schools. This year, we have not lost any school, which means that those who keep the Hour of Encoding every year, slowly but surely become what we have been intentionally-informational. We are especially grateful to the volunteers and teachers who helped to keep the coding clock, "said Bela Ikotić, secretary of the Osijek Software City Association.


Numerous volunteers participated in this year's coding class, and one of them was Leo Tot, a Microsoft Student Partner, who said, "Unfortunately, we are facing the fact that most IT staffs do not emerge from the outmoded curriculum circles thus creating a negative impact on the development of technology in schools in general. Also, students learn computer science that is outdated and is no longer in use. Schools have no control over such problems, so we're trying to correct them with the Clock coding. "

img_1139img_1183Volunteer Stranislav Strešnjak from Osijek added: "It would be nice to hold this interest and motivation of the students and teachers for the SAT coding. There may be a lot of help from associations such as Osijek Software City and IT teachers, but still are the crucial parents for the child's upbringing. " As in the past year, this year, many IT teachers, and those from the STEM field, have also been involved in the project, but also teachers who have no point of contact with technical or natural science subjects.

The teacher of computer science from Osijek Mladost from Osijek Blanka Mihaljević says the school has recognized the importance of developing logical and computer thinking at the earliest age. "The Sat-coding project is tailored to children because it introduces them into the world of coding through a game that is extremely important in their age because it's the easiest way to learn. And during the year we participate in numerous extracurricular activities, so I try to bring students closer to the trends in the programming world and provide them with modern knowledge and various technologies that will help them in future education and employment. " Some schools like Oscar Dobriše Cesarić from Osijek were approaching programming during the week of encoding students and other activities. "In addition to existing applications where children play / learn, they can be interested in the physical manifestation of the created code. For this purpose, the best proved to be the Lego mindstorms robot. First you need to build a robot that is a game for yourself and then you need to encode the blocks (coding) to make the robot exactly the way the kids want.

The moment when the robot goes and goes and starts again, because the child said it was invaluable and exactly on their faces they see who will be new hopes, "said Tomislav Jakopec, a professor of informatics from Osijek Dobriša Cesarić.
"It is a great pleasure for me to have the largest number of schools and students involved in the coding of this year this year. Children and teachers have shown that they are very much interested in programming knowledge and in general about using technology in teaching. The expressed interest shows that with greater focus on technology and general STEM area, Croatian education had the chance to enable today's students to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in 21. century. We have potentials, and if we use them depends solely on us. I expect that this interest shown will be one of the additional motives for the Ministry of Science and the Government to tackle the necessary transformation of Croatian education. We all have the obligation to work on training young people for future affairs, and most of these jobs do not even exist today. For global success, today's key knowledge and innovations will not be viable without adequate strategies and investments in education, "said Ivan Vidaković, director of Microsoft Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.


How the Sata Encoding Workshops Impacted on Students Show Their Statements:

"I was very fond of Sat coding and I would like to participate more often than once a year." Petra B. 12 years, Primary School Mladost, Osijek.

"I liked Sat coding because it was instructive and very interesting. I had fun and enjoyed it. I would like to have more such hours because they are fun and we can learn a lot about them "Leticia R., 12 years, Primary School Mladost, Osijek.

"I liked the workshop and it was very fun. I had fun and I think programming is great. "Martina, 12 years, Silvije Strahimira Kranjčević, Zagreb.

"It was great at the workshop. Since I do not go to computer science I have never programmed before and I really liked it. "Lucija, 12 years, Silvije Strahimira Kranjčević, Zagreb.

"I liked to program the game. It was fun and the forum, especially the last lesson where I could create my own world, "Fran Mlakar, Dragutina Domjanić Elementary School, Zagreb
"I liked it because we programmed and had the opportunity to see CARNet Director and real developers", Viktor Čakalić, Dragutin Domjanić Elementary School, Zagreb