Over the last few weeks, I (Joey Gujral, Student Of Grade 6) took my initiative of teaching Robotics to communities outside my school. In my endeavor to spread my knowledge of Robotics to everyone and while I was researching about how I could make a difference, I realized that underprivileged children do not have access to these opportunities.
I firmly believe that getting children excited about robotics and technology from a young age will bring together a positive learning experience for them. This journey of finding the right group to work with took me on some very interesting interactions with different people. I approached different humanitarian aid agencies that could help me interact with various children. Eventually I ended up reaching out to a group working with displaced Syrian Refugee children living in Çapa district of Fatih Neighborhood, the group is called SPI.
The goals were simple –
Help underprivileged children understand the importance of robotics & coding, and enable them to develop an early interest in this field.
Show them how technology education can enable a brighter future, despite all economic, language, cultural and social barriers.”
I am happy to share that this group of about 12 children, took up the learning experience very enthusiastically and shined wonderfully during the workshops that I conducted over several weeks. There was a lot of positive energy during the workshops, the smiles and joy of the children will remain in my memory forever.
One participating child, Nadir remarked-
“I had never thought that an opportunity like this would ever come to us.. Thank you very much!”
Nadir’s father had a very touching message when he said, “After the conditions in which we moved to this country, we feel very fortunate that our children had this opportunity to learn this technical skill. Thank you, Joey.”
I am really happy that I got this opportunity and I would like to thank everyone who helped me along the way.