January 14, 2021
Kids VALLEY Future Learning Project: the company started to dispatch its developers to the classes of elementary schools in Shibuya
The GMO Internet Group is working on the Kids VALLEY Future Learning Project that provides career education support to raise IT personnel by developing programming education curricula for students at elementary and junior high schools, providing support in the field of education, and allowing students to visit the companies in cooperation with Shibuya-based Tokyu Corporation, four IT companies (CyberAgent, Inc., DeNA Co., Ltd., mixi, Inc., GMO Internet Group, Inc.), and the Shibuya City Board of Education.
We launched this project in 2019 and carried out Programming Summer Camp as a one-day programming event in 2019, and lots of children participated in the event.
This year, we have held an online event Programming Summer Camp and started to dispatch our lecturers to the classes of elementary schools in Shibuya as programming education will be compulsory at elementary schools.
Our developers visited the classes of elementary schools and provided the students of each school the opportunity to learn the basics of programming, such as sequence, selection, and repetition, through the visual programming tool Scratch.
[Reference] Please see the following article for more information on the Programming Summer Camp.
[Reference] We have been publishing part of Scratch used in classes.
About the Kids VALLEY Future Learning Project
Four IT companies (CyberAgent, Inc., DeNA Co., Ltd., mixi, Inc., GMO Internet Group, Inc.) are working on programming education, such as the operation of the programming education business, the development of dedicated programming education application, the dispatch of lecturers, the provision of classes, the operation of programming education media, and the operation of programs that allow junior high and high school students to visit the companies in the IT/digital field (the purpose of which is to arouse interest among the students) by group companies.