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Information and Communication Technology (ICT) courses make up a core component at the YDRC. More than 450 youths and adults have participated in the programs and activities of the ICT unit. Projects are led by recent university graduates and are made possible by partnerships with several multinational IT companies (Cisco, Intel and Microsoft). Targeting different age groups, the projects provide instruction in various software and online technologies, with a special focus on communication skills, social exchange and entrepreneurship.
Educational Robotics Laboratory
The YDRC is home to an educational robotics laboratory, where youth can develop their skills in science and technology, specifically learning how to build and program robots using advanced LEGO sets. The labs were established in a joint project with the Jubilee Center for Excellence in Education/King Hussein Foundation. Youth at the YDRC have been eager to participate in local First LEGO League competition in this lab.
Intel Computer Clubhouse
The Clubhouse is a creative and safe out-of-school learning environment where young people from underserved communities work with adult mentors to explore ideas, develop new skills, and build confidence in them through the use of technology. Programs and training run in the clubhouse include: animation training, creating thinking games, scratch training programs, robot training workshops, graphics training, audio/visual editing training, painting and drawing workshops, voluntary work, uploading projects to the clubhouse village, annual conference and Clubhouse to College (C2C).
Our current ICT programs:
Intel Learn: This is an after-school program designed to teach technological literacy, problem solving and collaboration skills needed for today’s knowledge economy. The Intel and community level (for 9-12 year olds), the Intel at work level (for 10-14 year olds) and the technology and entrepreneurship level (14-16 years old) all emphasize how youth can use their skills to become positive contributors in their communities.
Microsoft Unlimited Potential: This is a course that combines basic computer literacy, ICT knowledge, and personalized business development skills. These classes are geared toward teenagers and have also been offered to housewives/stay-at-home mothers.
MyTecC (Mediterranean Youth Technology Club): My TecC is a network stretching across eight countries in the Mediterrean and Arab world. During an 8 month span students receive ICT, English language, and communication-through-technology training, with the goal of interacting and sharing with their peers locally and globally through a private network called NING. Hebron YDRC will implement one cycle of MyTecC during 2013; two classes being held at the YDRC and Shyouhk Club benefiting 50 youths.