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STEMLab’s “AMiZON” event among the finalists of “Meet and Code 2019”

The event “AMiZON” organized by the Center for Education and Innovative Learning – STEMLab from Tetovo within the framework of the project “Meet and Code 2019“ implemented by Metamorphosis Foundation in partnership with “Haus des Stiftens gGmbH” from Germany and “Techsoup Europe”, and with the financial support from the German software company SAP, was selected among the top 12 out of over 1,200 events organized in 25 European countries during the” EU Coding Week ” held between 5 and 20 October 2019.

The expert jury selected three of the best events in each of the following four categories: “Girls do IT!”, “Diversity”, “Code for the Planet” and “Code for Your Community”. The “AMiZON” event was selected as a finalist in the “Code for the Planet” category, along with two more events, one from Germany and one from Poland, to compete for the first place. The winner will be announced at the closing event of the project, which will be held in March 2020, in Budapest, Hungary, where the winner will receive a prize of 2,000 euros.

The event “AMiZON” was organized in cooperation with the Tetovo Fire Department, and 20 students from elementary schools. The purpose of the event was to introduce students to the challenges of firefighting and to learn how to use robots and drones to identify and extinguish fires, as well as to evacuate people at risk of emergencies.

The practical part took place in the yard of the Tetovo Fire Department, where the students presented their work in a simulated situation of rescuing a person in danger of fire, through drones programmed by students.

Otherwise, this year the Metamorphosis Foundation within the project “Meet and Code 2019” in North Macedonia supported 40 events with 300 euros each for their organization. The purpose of the project “Meet and Code” is to introduce children and young people between the ages of 8 and 24 to the world of technology and programming. The events are organized to show young people how interesting and fun programming can be and how it can help revive ideas. They learn how the technology works and how IT affects everyday life, and develop digital skills through various events such as hackathons, programming workshops, lectures, film events, competitions, programming nights, robotics classes or other forms. They develop the digital skills needed for living in today’s world.