Coding and STEM with SAP
There are a whole host of opportunities for kids and teenagers to learn coding skills outside the classroom with organisations expanding their after-school activities to train the next generation of coders. However, in schools, there can be a lack of resources to run coding classes.
Consequently, Science on Stage and SAP SE are supporting instructors at all school levels with the new showing programme ’Coding in STEM Education’. Created by educators for instructors, the material offers concrete examples and ideas on how to effectively introduce coding in IT classes as well as biology, chemistry, maths and physics lessons. Learning this 21st century key skill not only improves their job prospects, but also helps them develop computational thinking and a range of transferrable skills. The pamphlet showcasing eleven coding exercises was introduced last month at SAP Austria in Vienna.
“Programming machines is becoming an increasingly sought-after, necessary skill in all areas of our lives and can no longer be left to IT specialists alone. Therefore, coding needs to be taught not only in computer science classes but also in every other subject. However, European curricula for STEM subjects do not regularly address this need. In the Coding in STEM Education project Science on Stage, the European network for science teachers, has developed teaching concepts to close the skills gap”, says venture principle facilitator Dr Jörg Gutschank.
For the past two years, 23 instructors across seven European countries have been cooperating to produce ‘Coding in STEM Education’. With easy-to-follow lesson plans and straightforward guidance, STEM educators will have the chance to build up their students’ programming abilities as well as their own. Alongside their standard subjects like maths and biology, pupils will be able to construct a robot to clean water supplies, program a plant watering framework or build a glove for temperature estimations.
The venture ‘Coding in STEM Education’ has received enthusiastic support from SAP SE. The advancement of computer and programming literacy of youngsters will invariably help them in their future endeavours:
“Around 65% of children who start primary school today will work in professions that do not even exist yet. Nevertheless, it is clear that these children will find their feet more easily if they have certain technical skills; the digitalisation of our economy simply cannot be stopped. says Michael Kleinemeier, Member of the Executive Board, SAP SE.
The distribution of the leaflet marks the beginning of another cooperation undertaking of Science on Stage and SAP SE. In the ‘European Code League’, educators and their students are encouraged to create imaginative coding ventures, which can be shared with their peers. The pamphlets are available in German, Italian, French and English, free of charge. More language adaptations will follow.