The Bilkent University– TÜSİAD Information Society Forum (ISF) has been organizing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities through TEGV (the Educational Volunteers Foundation of Turkey) and in Bilkent schools since the 2017 spring semester. Last month, Department of Computer Engineering instructor Aslı Üstüner and several student volunteers conducted two activities for pupils at İDV Özel Bilkent Primary School.
On November 13, Ms. Üstüner and Industrial Engineering students Esma Akgün, Aylin Mumcular, Gülin Tuzcuoğlu, Gözde Uğur and Deniz Uluçay introduced the STEM fields to primary school students. The Bilkent students shared their own experiences of choosing engineering as an area of study and a career, and gave real-life examples of the importance of technology, innovation and digital studies in today’s world.
The second activity took place on November 22 and 23, when Ms. Üstüner and Computer Engineering students Zeynep Mutlu and Kaan Ünlü visited the school to teach second-grade students about coding. They explained what code is and how it is used.
The students listened intently to the presentation and then eagerly plunged into the hands-on activity that followed, where they were introduced to coding by writing the “Hello World!” program customarily used to acquaint novice programmers with a programming language.