Romanian Pre-U Students Address Social Concerns

By on October 15th, 2015 in Societal Impact

A guest blog post on behalf of the SSIT Romanian Chapter Chair, Prof. Mihai Micea, provided by As.univ.dr.ing. Alin-Adrian Anton, Secretary of the Romanian IEEE Chapter of the Society on the Social Implications of Technology

On June 2 2015 a SSIT meeting took place in Timisoara, Romania,
where several ITC projects have been presented by children from K-12.
The presenting children have been selected as the winners of the
competition organized by Coolest Projects Timisoara  – in preparation of
their final presentation which took place on June 13 in Dublin, Ireland 

The best presentations also received the “Runners Up” mention at Heros 2015, Dublin.

  • “Krieg in der Natur” is a strategy game developed in Scratch where you can raise armies, made by junior Dragos Ciocloda under the supervision of Vlad Isac.
  • “Interjobs” is a web platform aiming to connect the freelancers, students, talented kids in IT and the IT companies, developed by juniors Alexandru Pop, Samfirescu Stefan, Licaret Raul, Trif Iulian and Theodor Stoica, mentored by Alex Iatan.
  • Other presentations include websites, games, an interactive assistant and playful robots.

CoderDojo https://coderdojo.com/ is a free programming and IT training club which organizes lectures with support from StartupHub. Many of our students participate as mentors during the lectures, with 100 – 150 children
attending on a weekly basis.

The Romanian SSIT Chapter Commission for the assessment of the projects has been formed by local SSIT members as well as by guests from the local private ITC sector:

Horatiu Moldovan (president Lasting System)
Horia Damian (Director research SphinxIT)
Diana Andone (Director eLearning Center, Politehnica University of Timisoara)
Oana Boncalo (lecturer, Polytechncic University of Timisoara)
Cosmin Cernazanu (lecturer, Polytechnic University of Timisoara)
Ciprian Chirila (lecturer, Polytechnic University of Timisoara))

The Commission has made recommendations to the participants with regard to the improvement of the impact of their presentations and regarding the commercial assessment of ideas presented.

The event was organized with the help of StartupHub Timisoara  and CoderDojo Timisoara

The event has been covered in the online media, with presentations
available from:

http://twitter.com/diando70/status/605750733414264832
http://twitter.com/diando70/status/605747301236240384
http://twitter.com/diando70/status/605744886105665536
http://twitter.com/diando70/status/605742889184960512
http://twitter.com/diando70/status/605739260919091200
http://twitter.com/diando70/status/605737614642192384
http://twitter.com/diando70/status/605735116074283009
http://twitter.com/diando70/status/605732888609497088
http://twitter.com/diando70/status/605730518760628224

As.univ.dr.ing. Alin-Adrian Anton
Secretary of the Romanian IEEE Chapter of the Society on the Social Implications of Technology
“Politehnica” University of Timisoara
Department of Computer and Software Engineering
2nd Vasile Parvan Ave., 300223 Timisoara, Timis, Romania