“Learn by programming”, the program of the Ministry of Education of the City of Buenos Aires that seeks to train young people in programming for free, It starts its second semester this Monday, August 23.
The initiative, which is now more than five years old, has more than 13,000 graduates who learned to handle programming languages and new technologies. This year, in addition, the gender gap narrowed: it has a female participation of 40%.
The courses last four months and the technologies taught range from robotics, 3D printing, video game design and mobile applications, to drones, programming, web development and AWS Amazon Cloud.
The program is divided into trips according to age – one for Primary, another for High school and another for over 18 years– and does not require prior knowledge to sign up.
“Faced with the growing demand for programmers that we have in our country, Aprendé Programando functions as a hotbed of programmers who, under the premise that ‘we can all create with technology’, seeks to awaken technological vocations in students and prepare them for the jobs of the future considering technology skills, the soft ones and the socio-emotional ones ”, explained Santiago Andrés, Undersecretary of Educational Technology and Sustainability.
Here, 7 questions on the course answered by the Ministry.
Learn Programming, the City Government’s free programming course. Photo Ministry of Education of the City of Buenos Aires.
1. When does it start?
The course starts on Monday, August 23.
2. What languages and programs do they teach?
- Web development – Level 1: Design and layout of web pages. Languages: HTML, CSS, Bootstrap – Programs: Sublime, Brackets, Atom, VisualStudio Code (code editors)
- Web development – Level 3 FrontEnd: Advanced programming of dynamic web pages. Languages: EcmaScript, React, and JSon – Programs: Sublime, Brackets, Atom, VisualStudio Code (code editors)
- Web development – Level 4 BackEnd: Programming of complete web applications (layout and dynamics). Languages: NodeJS, EcmaScript, APIs -Programs: NPM, Command (CMD)
- Robotics and 3D Printing: Design, 3D robotic prototype modeling and programming Language: Block programming with EducaBlocks – Programs: ThinkerCad online, 3DBuilder (3D modeling), Ultimaker Cura (3D printing)
- Mobile Application Development with Kotlin: Programming and design of applications for cell phones, tablets, etc. Program: Android Studio, IntelliJ.
- Game Development with Unity: Design of characters and game settings and their programming. Program: Unity 3D – Language: C # (read C “sharp”)
- Drone Programming with Python: Programming applied to the flight and general management of unmanned aerial vehicles. Program: Unity 3D – Language: C # (read C “sharp”)
3.What is needed to take it?
No prior knowledge is required
No previous knowledge is needed to study the technologies, except for the advanced levels of Web Development (2,3 and 4) and AWS (for which knowledge of Web Development level 2 onwards is needed).
If it is necessary to be a student of the last 3 years of normal secondary schools, the last 4 years of secondary schools with technical orientation or a regular student of programs or institutions of educational completion for adults.
4. How long does it last?
Our courses last one semester. 14 weeks of classes. The course is two hours a week and two additional hours a week to use the consultation spaces with their pedagogical pairs and carry out the weekly practical challenges where the knowledge acquired is tested weekly.
5. Under what modality is it taken?
It is taught through a virtual modality synchronously and asynchronously nationwide, accompanied by a pedagogical duo made up of a technical mentor and a pedagogical tutor. The course will be supported by Aprendé Programando’s own virtual platform and the communication channels between learners and their mentors (Slack). In the City of Buenos Aires, different units distributed throughout the city will be made available so that apprentices can access technological material, internet connection and face-to-face consultation spaces optionally throughout the semester.
6. How is the labor market in terms of gender equality and how many women have signed up?
Inclusion and gender. Photo Ministry of Education of the City of Buenos Aires.
Currently, only 30% of the employees in the City’s software sector are women (Source: Polo IT, 2020, MDEP). The data of the City coincide with the global ones. In the world, according to Catalyst, only 29.3% of technology employees are women (Source: Catalyst, 2020).
Aprendé Programando Virtual has been in force since 2017: today 4,500 female students have graduated from our technologies. At the same time we develop other actions focused on women, such as the Robotics Club, mentoring and spaces for conversation with leading professionals in the IT industry.
7. How many students have already gone through the course?
Since the program was created in 2017, more than 38 thousand people from the City and from other jurisdictions have registered the proposals that we have in our educational innovation ecosystem.This year by federalizing the program we have achieved more than 2000 registrations in more than 30 provincial jurisdictions and municipalities throughout the country.
Those who want to know more about this proposal, can enter buenosaires.gob.ar/aprendeprogramando. or call 0800-333-3382.