everis foundation brings robotics closer to children in disadvantaged environments
everis foundation in collaboration with the Association of Parents of Children with Cancer of the Region of Valencia (ASPANION) will give a workshop in Alicante that will teach the keys of programming to children between 7 and 13 years old.
For the first time in Alicante and through their volunteers, the everis foundation has launched programming and robotics workshops to bring technology in a playful way to children who, for various reasons, cannot access formal education on a regular basis.
"When a child is diagnosed with cancer, the impact is brutal. The aggressive treatments and the separation from their environment may have a negative effect on the children in terms of intellectual, emotional, social and even physical development. These activities facilitate their integration into normal life. Anything that includes promoting playful and recreational activities is good for their recovery", states Jesús María González Marín, President of ASPANION.
The workshop is supported by more than 700 volunteers of the everis foundationwho are qualified to offer this training through associations and/or groups working with children in disadvantaged environments at no cost at all.
"The children are delighted as they never thought that it would be so easy to program, give life to a robot or design their own video game", explains Karla Alarcón, Director of the everis foundation, adding that "what we want is to help promoting scientific-technological vocations among the youth of the future through the everis talent".
Indeed, the commitment of the everis foundation is based on several reports by the European Union assuring that by 2020 there will be more than 1,000 jobs that will remain vacant due to a lack of training in STEAM professions.
In addition to this, and with the aim of escalating this project and promoting its expansion, the everis foundation is working on the design of informational videos for trainers. Thus, any educational centre, any association, foundation, etc. will be able to conduct these workshops for children in their area in a simple and practical way.
Outside Spain, the Foundation's volunteers in Portugal, Mexico and Peru have already carried out these workshops with orphaned children from homes and with schools in economically vulnerable environments in order to bring them closer to the technological world.
The award consists of 60,000 euros in cash and a mentoring program offered by everis professionals and other professionals in the field.
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