Poland’s new curriculum focused on teaching children how to solve problems with code

Since 2017, Mistrzowie Kodowania or Masters of Coding initiative -implemented by Samsung- has taught children from pre-school to high school how to think as IT engineers. The program takes place during the weekends at different schools and engages children in solving everyday problems with the support of technology.

The main characteristic of the program is that it is not limited to children, but is also for teachers. Mistrzowie Kodowania trains professors to involve coding skills into their disciplines despite their backgrounds or fields of study. So far, a hundred volunteers are supporting teachers and 1,300 schools with 100,000 students already host regular sessions.

Based on the success of this program, the Polish government has drafted a new curriculum that will include some of the main features of Mistrzowie Kodowania. It will be piloted next year in 600 schools, and will later on seek for a vote to be applied in the rest of the educational institutions if it does succeed.

According to Maciej Syslo, co-author if the new curriculum and member of the advisory board for the Ministry of Education, the program will invite students to focus in using programming tools for creative problem solving. Even though this new curriculum has to be included in the existing one-hour computer courses, it will try to solve this time shortage by assigning multidisciplinary projects that invite students to use code to solve problems posed in other subjects.

More long term, it is expected that this sort of curriculum will address Europe’s current shortage in people with coding skills for the labor market.

Additional Sources: ZDNet