The Republic of Macedonia is a country where the investments in technology are in an embrion phase. The use of technology has just started to proliferate throughout society and industry. Computer science is a mandatory subject in the primary and secondary education, however that is not sufficient to motivate, inspire and to capture the true potential of the young in the area of technology. Therefore, an educational program through a summer program for children in the area of robotics and computer science is necessary for Macedonia and the Balkans.
The educational summer program will offer friendship, games, education, team work, and opportunity for children to expand their desire for innovations, creativity and realization of their ideas. We consider that one summer program is important for the future development of children as an additional part of their regular education. As basic parts of the summer program education will be focused on computer science and robotics, as well as their application in various segments of the society. Robotics as science is still young with a fast development track that seeks adequate acceptance. Starting with timely education of the youth, Macedonia as a country will be in step with modern technologies.
With the current wave of governmental technological projects, Macedonia is taking proper steps towards the necessary education of the wider population, especially paying attention to the youngsters. Unfortunately, the country has not kept up with the rest of the World technological development, especially in the area of robotics. As a country with great potential of intelligent young individuals, we believe that with this educational summer program we will contribute to the development of this area of computer science and technology in Macedonia and that we will spark interest and wide popularization of robotics, as well as its development. With it, we will generate forthcoming young innovators and creators that will lead the technical and technological development of Macedonia.
Target group of the educational summer program are children of age 10-16. That is an age when their intellectual potential is great, the perception of knowledge greater, but may be lacking proper direction and possibility for affirmation and creation. During the program, the children will have an opportunity to discover in what direction they would really want to continue after high school. The program will serve as a filter for the truly interested and most capable youth to succeed in the area of robotics and computer science. With this target group, we are hoping to attract higher interest in the area of applicative computer science and robotics, even if that results in 10% of the participants. The rest will gain basic knowledge and experience for team work (flexibility, cooperation, understanding, and friendship).
Participants in the program will have opportunity to easily spot the options for their future education. Those who are in primary education will have easier time to choose and prepare for their secondary education, while those already in secondary education, will have their options to think about the open opportunities for higher education and development in the computer and robotics science in Macedonia.