As part of its mission, mHub runs a programme to introduce computer skills to children between ages of 6 to 17. The course is carried out at mHub premises in Lilongwe every Tuesday and Thursday. The children are taught coding skills using programming tools that were specially designed for the purpose teaching children and also to make the development of basic application easy for them. Currently the training uses MIT Scratch and Snapp.
Scratch is a visual programming language. The language is used by students, scholars, teachers, and parents to easily create games and provide a stepping stone to the more advanced world of computer programming. It can also be used for a range of educational and entertainment purposes from math and science projects, including simulations and visualizations of experiments, recording lectures with animated presentations, to social sciences animated stories, and interactive art and music. Interacting with Scratch will help children to develop skills that can be applied in different areas of their study.
Snapp is the world’s first mobile platform that allows mobile-first non-technical users to build full feature apps from their personal smart phone. Once created, the applications can be uploaded onto the Google Play store. Users can then download such apps and use them on their devices. Mobiles apps have over the last couple of years carved a noticeable niche in the applications field, and they are going to remain so in the foreseeable future. Children who learn to use applications like Snapp, will have been given a good footing in an industry that is poised to grow.
One of the developers of Snapp describes it as follows:
Snapp is the world’s first platform that allows “mobile-first” users to build full feature apps from their personal smartphones in a snap, guiding them by an intuitive, simple building process. Snapp Builder enables anyone to easily create a mobile presence at a minimal cost, and from a smartphone. No technical knowledge is required to build apps.
Suite 10, Corporate Mall, Chilambula Road, Lilongwe
Lesson take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays
MK4, 000 per child
Though not mandatory, bringing a laptop will be ideal.