Over 7,000 elementary school students code with esteem

The organization believes was set up in 2018 by volunteers from the education community to teach programming to elementary school students, and thus respond to three major challenges of the 21st century.

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MONTREAL, April 18, 2019 / CNW Telbec / - The esteem organization was set up in 2018 by volunteers from the education community to teach programming to elementary students, and thus respond to three major issues from 21e century.

Estime has developed a program of teaching programming activities, integrated into basic subjects, ranging from kindergarten to sixth grade. The team estimates recruiting and training university students in the STEM sectors who come to class every week.

Thus, the organization believes responds to three major challenges of the 21st century:

  • The jobs of the 21st century are focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics);
  • Research shows that awareness of STEM must be done before entering high school;
  • Computer programming is a great way to learn about STEM fields.

Estime was developed in partnership with Kids Code Jeunesse and the Canada Research Chair in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Education. Estime would also like to thank its more recent partners: the Commission scolaire Marguerite Bourgeoys, Cadre 21 and Brault et Bouthillier.

“Since its founding, we have experienced tremendous growth because we respond to a real need so that programming becomes accessible to all students, says Christine Jost, Founder and CEO of Esteem. The program is deployed in 19 primary schools, mainly from the Commission Scolaire Marguerite Bourgeoys, ie more than 7,000 students and 300 teachers. Our goal within 5 years is to reach at least 200 schools across Quebec, ie 60,000 students and 5,000 teachers. "

"Esteem has reassured my team, says Christine Renaud, principal of the Martin Bélanger school. Thanks to esteem, teachers who were afraid to try are now ready to go. I recommend esteem to my colleagues because this approach breaks down resistance. "

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