In a world driven by technology, giving children a head start in coding and problem-solving skills is an investment that will set them on a path to success. The NextGen CodeCamp held at the Oracle Office, Lagos, on August 29, 2023, was a resounding success. The event introduced 38 Oracle employees’ children to the exciting world of Java and animation through Alice programming.
Children were able to create their first interactive games and animation with Java using Alice, learning fundamental concepts of programming, developing their critical thinking skills, working as a team, and showcasing their projects by demonstrating what they learned to fellow campers and parents.
NextGen CodeCamp approached coding in a unique and engaging way—through animation. Using Alice, a beginner-friendly programming language, the children had the opportunity to bring their imaginative stories and characters to life. The hands-on approach employed by Oracle Academy instructors made learning fun and accessible, breaking down the barriers often associated with coding.
This camp was jointly organized by Oracle Academy, Oracle Women’s Leadership Nigeria, and Oracle Volunteers Nigeria, led by Bekere Amassoma, Oracle Academy Program Manager Sub Saharan Africa; Hannatu Adegboyega, Technology License Senior Sales Manager, Oracle; Lara Ajayi, Regional VAD Manager, MEA, Oracle; and Adeola Adenubi, Cloud Systems Master Principal Solution Engineer, Hardware MEA Sales, Oracle.
The CodeCamp began with an introduction to Alice and its interface, which includes a drag-and-drop coding environment. Alice’s user-friendly platform allowed the children to quickly grasp the basics of coding and animation, even if they had no prior experience. They learned to create scenes, characters, and animations that gave them an idea of what it’s like to be a digital storyteller.
One of the interesting aspects of the NextGen CodeCamp was its focus on creativity and problem solving. Participants were encouraged to think critically and innovatively as they designed and programmed their animations. They learned how to set scenes, add characters, and create movement, all while thinking about the logical sequence of actions required to bring their stories to life.
Segun Ajayi, Oracle Nigeria Country Leader, said, “This program truly embodies our commitment to nurturing the talents and aspirations of the younger generation. I am confident that the 'NextGen CodeCamp' will inspire and empower our young minds to become the innovators, creators, and problem solvers of tomorrow. It is through initiatives like these that we foster a culture of excellence, curiosity, and lifelong learning. Thank you, Oracle Academy, and cross-lines of business for putting this together.”
Aderonke Osumah, Facilities Manager, Oracle Nigeria, whose children participated in the CodeCamp, had this to say about the experience: “The CodeCamp was an educational time for my kids, especially having to engage with others in an integrated and holistic coding training experience. They became more aware of what we do in Oracle and how our services impact the world around us.”
One of the camp's participants, 13-year-old Ada, shared her experience: “I never thought coding could be this much fun! I made my character walk, and it was amazing. I also learned how to make the girl talk and tell a story. It's like magic!”
NextGen CodeCamp has set the stage for a generation of tech-savvy and creative individuals who will undoubtedly make a positive impact on the world. Thank you to everyone involved in making this great event happen, especially our young coders!
Oracle Academy remains committed to working with institutions, educators, and collaborators across the globe to help millions of students become technology innovators and leaders.