They are summer schools where drones, robots and video games take the place of homework and pop quizzes. Needless to say, there was no shortage of energy and enthusiasm during the pair of Coding Summer Schools Boeing and the nonprofit ThinkYoung presented in Europe this July.
This is the third year the Coding Summer School has been held in Brussels, Belgium and the first time in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The camps are geared towards learners aged 8 to 16 and feature an interactive curriculum that includes creating websites and mobile apps, and meeting with aerospace and technology leaders who explain how the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills the students are honing are critical building blocks for many rewarding career options.
Teenager Amalia Rubino enjoyed last year’s Coding Summer School so much last year, she returned as a mentor this year. “It was an amazing opportunity to learn so many useful tools that are used every day in the tech sector,” said Rubino. “I think it’s really great that at the Coding Summer School, we are actually able to see the development and innovation of technology with cool high-tech activities during just 5 days."
Boeing has offices in both Brussels and Amsterdam, and is committed to being active in communities where its employees live and work. The company works to cultivate local talent for opportunities within the aerospace industry and other STEM-related fields through local grants and partnerships.
Brian Moran, vice president of Government Affairs for Boeing Europe, says programs like the Coding Summer School are yet another example of Boeing’s ongoing dedication to cultivating local talent for opportunities within the aerospace industry and other STEM-related fields.
“Boeing is committed to inspiring the next generation of innovators and preparing them for tomorrow’s careers today,” said Moran. “Coding is the language of the future that you need to have. We are proud to help these young thinkers imagine and prepare for a future filled with promise and fascinating options whether in aerospace or any other STEM-based career.”
"Technology and the world at large is constantly evolving,” said Andrea Gerosa, founder of ThinkYoung. “Coding is like learning a language and it’s as important as knowing English or as knowing any other language. Regardless of the kind of job they want to do, more and more coding is going to be involved in their lives.”
In the Netherlands, more than 3,000 students have participated in Boeing learning programs since 2013. Earlier this year, students in Delft enjoyed a Mobile Newton Flight Academy provided by a partnership between Boeing, FIRST Scandinavia and TU Delft.
Tineke Bakker - van der Veen is managing director for Boeing Benelux & Nordics and also a mother of two children. “Creative programs like the Coding Summer School and Newton Flight Academies are great examples of Boeing’s commitment to our local communities and students here in the Netherlands and also in Europe,” she said.