BurdaForward
03/04/2019

Programming in Sign Language

Last weekend, BurdaForward hosted the third Hacker School for children and teenagers in Munich. A total of 20 young participants between the ages of 10 and 17 spent two days dealing with the topic "Swift playground on the iPad". The special feature this time? The event was also the first DeafIT Hacker School for hearing-impaired kids.

Learning without barriers

In an inclusion class, BurdaForward developers were supported by an IT expert from the DeafIT network, who also communicated the content in sign language. Four hearing-impaired children were able to discover programming together with hearing participants. The "Swift playground" is an iPad app that makes it possible to playfully learn the programming language Swift without any previous knowledge. The inclusion class also took place bilingually in German and English - accessible programming across all boundaries!

IT specialists of tomorrow

The Hacker School's concept is met with great enthusiasm by children and parents and is increasingly becoming more and more popular. This weekend the participants came not only from Munich, but from all over Southern Germany.

The weekend left an impression - seen by the interest in apprenticeships and career opportunities at BurdaForward among the older children. Perhaps our IT specialists of tomorrow?

About the Hacker School

The Hacker School is an organisation founded in Hamburg that has made it its mission to familiarise children and young people with the topic of programming outside of everyday school life. The Hacker School works with programmers, developers and companies to offer courses all over Germany.

Burda moves

For Burda, digital education of children and young people in Germany is a special concern and a socially relevant area that needs to be strengthened and promoted. The educational initiative of the Hacker Schools was launched by Germany's largest hacker school, which was held to mark Chip's 40th birthday. BurdaForward is committed to bringing children closer to the digital world and inspiring them with topics that are not sufficiently covered in school education.

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The programmers of tomorrow, aged 10 to 12 © BurdaForward

Closer look at the Focus Online news desk with Niklas Scheuble from Focus Online © BurdaForward

BurdaForward colleagues Marco Nachtigal, Patricia Benedum, Vida Brychcy, Nina Götz, Passant Elchafei and Dominik Hayon made the Hacker School possible last weekend © BurdaForward

The kids present their results to their proud parents © BurdaForward

Marco Nachtigal from Chip explains programming to the DeafIT kids © BurdaForward

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