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Online Alice Coding Workshop for Students in Turkey

Jane Richardson
Senior Director, EMEA

On September 29, 2020, collaborating with the “All Children Are Ours Foundation”, Oracle volunteers delivered an online Alice coding workshop for students from Harmantepe Secondary School in Istanbul, Turkey.

The project used Oracle Academy’s Workshop in a Box resources for “Getting Started with Java Using Alice.” Within the scope of the volunteer project, the volunteers taught the students how to create their own videos and games using Alice, an innovative, block-based programming environment, and mentored students, mostly from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

Oracle Academy Workshops in a Box can be used by after-school and coding clubs, as well as by anyone who wants to run an education project to introduce students to computing from a young age.

During the workshop, guest speaker Kayali Sarikan Guher, Oracle Solution Architect, shared her motivation for choosing computer science as a major and talked about her personal career journey at Oracle to inspire students, especially girls, to pursue STEM careers.

The All Children Are Ours Foundation aims to support young people who were born into a digital world and assist them in developing essential STEM skills, including innovation, critical thinking, problem solving, and teamwork. With these skills, they can be prepared for the jobs of tomorrow and have a better understanding of machines they will interact with during their lives.

Students who successfully completed the workshop received completion certificates from Oracle Academy. A huge thanks to all volunteers who supported this project!

For further information on the benefits of Oracle Academy for institutions, educators, and students, please visit us online.





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