Coding for Children with Mr. Tjerand Silde

Prabodha Sandeepani Kalotuwawa

Prabodha Sandeepani Kalotuwawa

Mr. Johann De Cruz of Tiqri, Colombo, Sri Lanka is known to Horizon Lanka since some time. Tiqri is involved in a new program called “Coding for Children.” They do it with the Norwegian government. Mr. Tjerand Silde, a computer programmer from Norway visited Sri Lanka in February, 2017. He visited Horizon Lanka on February 02, 2017. He did a wonderful workshop for our students till the late into the night. He brought a micro:bit unit and did a demonstration as how to use it.

He used Scratch to teach programming to us. It is a good tool for understanding the logic of programming. He also taught HTML to make web pages. In Norway, their projects can be accessed at www.oppgaver.kidsakoder.no. There are communities in Sri Lanka like this now. Visit http://www.microbitslug.com. They even have a Sinhala microbit editor https://pxt.microbit.org/beta?livelang=si-LK

Here is a list of great resources for learning how to code:

At studio.code.org there is a lot of interactive projects designed for beginners. All of them are online, but some of them are also available for downloading and installing offline as well. For example:

https://studio.code.org/download/mc

https://studio.code.org/download/starwars

https://scratch.mit.edu/ is created for teaching kids how to code.

instructions: https://codeclubprojects.org/en-GB/ (also other languages)

offline: https://scratch.mit.edu/scratch2download/ 

http://microbit.org/ is great, but then you need a microbit (a microcontroller) to actually execute the code physically.

https://www.codecademy.com/ and https://www.khanacademy.org/ are great if you have internet access.

download python from https://www.python.org/downloads/ and use the IDLE-editor if you want to learn python. Teaching it starting with the turtle library and program turtles on the screen to go around with commands like “forward()”, “left()”, “right()”, etc. for example by following this instruction: https://codeclubprojects.org/en-GB/python/

Ashen Chandoopa Wijewickrama – ashen@horizonlanka.org Grade 8, Horizon Lanka Academy

Tharaka Kahduwa helping the children.
Tharaka Kahduwa helping the children.
Tharaka Kahduwa helping the children.
Tharaka Kahduwa helping the children.
Horizon Lanka children with Matthew Roy
Horizon Lanka children with Matthew Roy
Surendra with Tjerand Silde and Matthew Roy
Surendra with Tjerand Silde and Matthew Roy
jerand Silde doing the workshop
jerand Silde doing the workshop
Surendra with Tjerand Silde
Surendra with Tjerand Silde
Mr. Sisira Rathnayaka and Mr. Nanda Wanninayaka
Mr. Sisira Rathnayaka and Mr. Nanda Wanninayaka
Prbodha Sandeepani Kalotuwawa and Ashen Chandoopa Wijewickrama
Prbodha Sandeepani Kalotuwawa and Ashen Chandoopa Wijewickrama

Two Months of IT Training at Eurocenter DDC, Colombo

Ruvini, Iresha and Radhika
Ruvini, Iresha and Radhika

Radhika Nilupulee Rajapaksha –  Jan 9, 2008

It was my good fortune to have been selected as a trainee to work at the EuroCenter DDC (now 99X Technology) in Colombo last year.  I arrived at EC on 22nd October for a two month stay until 22nd December, together with two of my friends, Iresha Dilhani and Ruvini Senevirathna.  First, I would like to thank Mr. Mano Sekaram and Mr. Johann De Cruz for providing us with this great opportunity.

During these two months I learned many things such as how the company is run since I had no idea how a company works.  I also observed people working together as a team, and I had the opportunity to be part of that team.  This involved sharing many responsibilities when we were working with the team.  Our task was to design a website for the Sports Club at EC.  We received assistance from other employees of EC as well.  Actually that was our main task at EC since we were unsure of how to handle this project properly. We gained a lot of experiences from our involvement and learned the correct method of handling such a project.  Initially we had a kick-off meeting and then we went on with to obtain the other requirements.  We had to draw up Story Boards, and after that the main templates had to be designed in order to develop the website.  We followed this method and were successful.

Radhika, Ruvini and Iresha with Eurocenter DDC team.
Radhika, Ruvini and Iresha with Eurocenter DDC team.

We became familiar with a lot of software while designing the EC Sports Club website, as well as how to use Adobe PhotoShop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Fireworks, Macromedia Dreamweaver, CSS, Java Script, Macromedia Flash, etc., and we also learned about Web servers, the Internet and CMS.

I must make special mention of the staff of EC from whom we learned many useful things. Actually they were very kind and helpful and we are indeed grateful for their kindness during the two enjoyable months we spent with them!

I should also like to thank Mr. & Mrs. Charles for their kind hospitality by providing us with comfortable accommodation and tasty food at their house in Rajagiriya, which we greatly enjoyed.  Our thanks also to Mrs. Muththamma and her family for looking after us well and making our stay so pleasant.

I should not forget to mention here that while at EC, I learned to play table tennis as well.  This was something I had been very keen to do. So Ruvini, Iresha and I learned from the others who were playing, and we used to play together during our lunch hour.  This is something we all enjoyed very much.

Radhika Nilupulee at a Christmas party at EC.
Radhika Nilupulee at a Christmas party at EC.