Programming Education for Elementary School Children
With the aim of bringing up the talents who takes advantages of IT and to be the leaders of the 21st century, we have set up a new company named CA Tech Kids, Inc., which operates programming education business specifically for elementary school pupils, as a joint enterprise with Life is Tech, Inc. in May 2013.
CA Tech Kid, Inc. hosts and operates the programming school for elementary school children, ”Tech Kids School” as well as the beginners’ programming workshop “Tech Kids CAMP”. From developing fun games using training software for children to developing full-scale iPhone apps, our study curriculum is wide-ranging and the courses are designed to nurture children’s’ ability to realize their own ideas through the IT technologies. Since the establishment in May 2013, over 13,000 children have gone through the courses and enjoyed their opportunities to learn about programming.
CA Tech Kids also promotes programming education in public education, via special-visit programming classes held at elementary schools, governmental policy suggestions on programming education, cooperation with public administrations, etc. We hope to provide all children with equal opportunities to learn about programming, regardless of their financial and geographical restrictions. We visit elementary schools and municipalities all over Japan to offer our special-visit programming classes. In November 2015, we traveled to Rikuzentakata City, Iwate and Iwaki City, Fukushima – both cities were hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake.
Tomohiro Ueno, CEO of CA Tech Kids, Inc., is an active committee member of the various expert councils regarding programming education at the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and in April 2016, he attended the 5th “Public-Private Dialogue towards Investment for the Future” – an opinion-sharing platform for the government and representatives of the business world – and made proposals about programming education to the panel consisting of cabinet ministers and government officers including Prime Minister Abe.