Children can be taught to write code with new programming method

Blog - 2016.06.20

 

Elisabeth Muhrbeck, a student at Umeå Institute of Design has, as part of her thesis work, developed a new method to teach children to program computers.

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The idea behind the project, named Frodi, is to create a basic understanding for technology and to provide an introduction, presented in an educational way, to writing code. This is something that Elisabeth believes is missing in Swedish schools today, where programming is not yet a separate subject in the curriculum.

“Programming is a creative and challenging area that is very exciting for children and young people to discover and learn about,” Elisabeth says. “Gaining insight into the world of technology at an early age opens up completely new opportunities and raises an interest that will hopefully extend into adulthood.”

The thesis was supported by Cinnober, which is represented by approximately sixty colleagues in Umeå.

“This is an innovative and forward-looking project that we are interested in,” says Jonas Engman, CEO for Cinnober in Umeå. “As a leading fintech company, we are of course eager to reach new generations and awaken their interest in managing and developing advanced, cutting edge technology. From Cinnober’s perspective, the collaboration with the university in Umeå is a matter of the heart, where cross-fertilization within design and fintech has resulted in several interesting projects, such as Makeathon and Cinnober Labs.”

Cinnober, in cooperation with Umeå University, has developed a curriculum with a financial IT focus in the Master of Science program in Engineering Computer Science. The company also operates the trainee program cinCube, which aims to attract and coach new talents.

Cinnober is a world-leading provider of financial technology to marketplaces and clearinghouses. The company is located in Stockholm, Umeå and London, with a total of 250 people representing over 30 nationalities. Customers include major global players with extreme demands on reliability and performance, such as Australian Securities Exchange, BM&FBOVESPA, Dubai Gold & Commodities Exchange, Euronext, Japan Exchange Group, Johannesburg Stock Exchange, London Metal Exchange, LME Clear, and the Stock Exchange of Thailand.

Learn more about Elisabeth’s thesis work here.

For further information, please contact:

Fredrik Backlund
Head of Corporate Communications
Cinnober Financial Technology
Tel. 073 403 12 39
fredrik.backlund@cinnober.com

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