IT for future. BusinessCode tries to motivate children and young people to become enthusiastic about IT and to familiarize them with MINT professions.
Working with IT will continue to be an important part of our lives. Not only in the areas of social media, programming or gaming, but also in everyday life and especially in professional life. As an IT expert, BusinessCode offers tailor-made solutions for its customers, who are active worldwide. IT and digitalization, topics that are up-to-date and will accompany us more and more every day. No area of our lives remains unaffected by digitisation. For many young people, mobile phones, games and social media communication are a matter of course. Many do not know what is behind it, i.e. the basic IT. Or better not yet. And this is exactly where BusinessCode, together with the Deutsches Museum Bonn, would like to start.
What is striking in society is that MINT occupations, i.e. in mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology, are still regarded as male domains. Comparatively few women dare to take up these subjects. What are the reasons for this? – Versatile. Clichés, upbringing and statements such as “That’s men’s business” have a discouraging effect in some cases and encourage girls’ lack of interest in MINT. In order to counteract this and make MINT equally interesting for everyone, the introduction to information technology, for example, must begin at school at the latest.
MINT subjects in schools
In many schools the topic of information technology is not particularly high on the curriculum. The pupils’ interests is also not particularly high. Computer science is also offered as an elective subject. That means that the subject is not compulsory and so many pupils do not even get a taste.
In order to counteract this and above all to arouse curiosity, we offer pupils from the 8th grade onwards the opportunity to build robots at the Deutsches Museum Bonn and to program them. A first step that might open up a new perspective on the MINT subjects and professions for some. Programming is fun and a varied affair that encourages and challenges very different skills.
In order to remain at the forefront of “IT for future”, it is important for both boys and girls to have opportunities to develop themselves further and to discover new topics. For themselves, playfully and without pressure. This is exactly what we want to promote. For some participants, the workshop at the Deutsches Museum Bonn may be a first step on the path of information technology. And a step into their future careers.
IT for future begins today!
Caption: Martin Bernemann und Martin Schulze at the Deutsches Museum Bonn (Photo: Dr. Christine Lötters)