We wrapped up our very first Kids Tech and Art Camp last Friday. Apart from rediscovering the inner child in most of us(when was the last time you sang to “Head, Shoulders, Knees and toes”), it was amazing to listen to kids as young as 7 years old, earnestly explain how the built games using MIT’s scratch.
The artistic creativity in the room was pretty cool too.
The team at AkiraChix sends a huge shoutout to Nyandia Kamawe, for being a gracious host and trainer to group of energetic kids for 5 days without shaving her head, Abby Wangui from the iHub UX Lab for her help with co-ordination, Christopher Kanyuga and many other volunteers for taking time off on Saturdays to train other trainers on using Scratch, Kibera School for Girls for their amazing co-operation, and last but not least, our girls from the AkiraChix training program for helping out
One thing I love about being a part of the AkiraChix team, is the fact that we’re constantly evolving, and opening up new paths to impart tech skills to others. When we started off, our target was largely women in the tech industry, and women in University (like I was at the time we began).
Over time, we moved over to young girls in poor social economic backgrounds, to young girls in high school, and most recently, kids in primary school. The main reason why we keep going down this path is because we’re trying to see if we can get to the root of the problem, somehow: we don’t expose our kids to tech early enough, and the older they grow, the lower the chances of sparking any interest as they start to cement ideas on who they want to become in future.
It’s our hope that through camps like these, we get one step closer to getting more techies who will change this world