“To interest students is the main thing” – Juniors Club spreading the word about IT

10 Feb, 2017

Choosing future profession often comes as a difficult task for high school students. Lviv IT Cluster helps them to decide on career paths as well as teaches them more about working in IT. Recently representatives of the community Juniors Club have visited 3 schools in Lviv within the IT Future project.

I am taking part in IT Future second year in a row. When I started, I wanted to try myself as a speaker and develop my presentation skills, – says Viktor Dorohiy, who visited school 3. Now, I’m paying more attention to the fact how to interest students and explain the topic without any professional slang”.

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Yuliya Palamarchuk, who had the presentation together with Viktor, joined the project because she likes sharing her knowledge and wants to attract young talents to IT.

In my opinion, not all students understand how many various professions the IT sector includes. We need to share, for them to have a wider choice after finishing school”.

Serhiy Dahniy, who visited school 9 together with Andrii Pavlish and Oleksandr Merchanskyi has a rather altruistic motivation too:

I often see that even students studying at technical faculties, connected to programming, have very little idea of how it works and why. Thus, I think we need to explain beforehand, what is really waiting out there, what do you need and what will you get as a result”.

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Participation in IT Future – is a great thing for speakers’ personal development:

I got a lot of experience, – says Yuliya Palamarchuk. First of all, it’s learning how to draw attention using different methods and development of presentation and public speaking skills after every visit. My confidence as a speaker also grows with every school visit”.

Conducting lectures for school students is a great experience in trying to get even the most demanding audience interested in the topic, as well as learning to explain everything in simple terms, without using English words. Moreover, participation in IT Future is a great source of positive emotions.

I really enjoyed it, students have been listening with excitement, asking questions. To convey the message is what is the most important here. I think we did a great job” – shares his impressions Oleksandr Merchanskyi.

In the meantime, Taras Ozarkiv and Denys Rudiak have delivered a class for fifth graders, which is not typical for IT Future. However, it turned out great. Some students have already had some experience in team work, so experts have told them in more details what are the roles in real IT teams.

The students were so active, that we had to limit the number of questions, because we simply didn’t have time to answer all of them, – says Denys. They were really involved, and I’m talking not only about those involved in the practical project. Everyone was commenting during the process, asked questions – they were 100% involved in the class”.

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It was a very useful experience for lecturers since they had to work with a totally new audience:

For smaller children you have to think a bit out of the box, try to explain what is IT by playing games. They do not have a lot of patience to listen to us, the bearded men. Our classes were different because we have prepared many games aimed at developing soft skills. We tried to explain about IT with examples from real life. For instance, I was explaining what a cycle is: I wake up every day and eat porridge for breakfast. We have really tried to communicate with simple words” – says Taras.

According to Viktor Dorohiy, such visits can be useful not only for student or lecturers, but for school teachers as well. They were quite interested in work opportunities, and where to start if you see yourself working in IT.

However, students – are the main audience of IT Future, and they got a good initial idea about work in IT. Some of them, have already been interested in Information Technologies, thus these lectures have been especially useful for them.

According to the speakers, there were some minor problems, but for them it is just an excuse to make next lectures better:

Children not always understand why we came. Probably, we need to stress that this class is just for general knowledge. I sometimes see scared eyes and lack of understanding about what is needed from them. But, in total, they are listening with interest. However, they don’t ask many questions, and I don’t know why. It happens, that students approach me after the presentation, even though, I always emphasize that if you have any questions, try to ask them during the class. Maybe they are afraid of peer pressure”.

Speakers from Juniors Club are a bit sad that it is nearly impossible to visit all schools in Lviv, thus they plan to continue being involved in the project to increase the number of children interested in IT.