(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM))
SHARJAH, 7th April, 2018 (WAM) -- In recognition of changing trends in education, and in a bid to offer an outlet for girls to discover and develop their skills in a safe, fun environment, Sharjah Girl Guides, SGG, has launched a series of innovative intellectual workshops in smart learning skills, computer coding and do-it-yourself robotics.
Highlighting the need for a more qualitative approach to learning and development, Shaikha Abdulaziz Al Shamsi, Manager of SGG, said, "At Sharjah Girl Guides, we acknowledge the need for establishing in our future generations the right mixture of cognitive skills and mental capacities, which are the basics of intelligence. Real intelligence is a lot more than just being smart as it requires one to exhibit numerous attributes like problem-solving, abstract thinking, creativity, memory, concentration, interpersonal skills, movement skills, among others.
She added, "It is essential that a child's inclinations and capabilities are identified early on so they can be guided on the right path of self-development."
The guides were introduced to the concepts of hardware and software computing through the open source DIY hardware platform, Arduino, and used a Junkbot Visual Coding tool based on the MIT Scratch platform to code their robots.
"These workshops successfully trained participants to create, using futuristic computer technologies, and polish their analytical skills with a specific focus on discovering their intellectual capabilities in their early years. Our objective is to engage these young minds into new and exciting ventures, moving away from conventional learning to applying their intelligence and abilities more creatively in the process of their training and development," Al Shamsi noted.