The children and the space

We try to help children who are most in  need.

We carefully select charitable organizations and municipal centres that help disadvantaged children, 

such as foster-care centers or organizations hosting after-school activities and providing a home-away-from-home. 

We run technology classes and activities at the premises of these organizations (the Host Organizations), 

for children aged 8-15 years old.

The classes

We run classes of 8 to 12 children, so that every group has children of similar age.

All teaching is in the form of hands-on, interactive activities.

When possible, we do so in the presence of a pedagogue staff or volunteer from the host organization.

We work with educators with both degrees  and extensive teaching experience in information technology,

who love children and who can bring creativity and enthusiasm to the classroom.

In part we use curriculum provided by one of our partners, and in part we create our own activities.

But in all cases, we aim to customize material to the children in each group, to their interests and needs.

The equipment

We provide all necessary equipment, such as laptops, printers and robotics kits.

We leave the equipment with the host organizations, for children to use after class. 

This gives children a safe physical space to practice and explore, under appropriate supervision by host organization.

In some cases, this also draws children to spend more time with the organizations, participate in more activities

and interact more with other children in a productive setting.

Our Classes

 

our curriculum

Providing foundations in IT

​We build key IT skills, like

  • Using common programs & organizing files,

  • Finding and evaluating information,

  • Word processing and presentations,

  • Using spreadsheets to analyze and present data,

  • Editing and sharing pictures, videos, sound,

  • Using technology to manage a project,

  • Collaborating online,

  • Building a website,

  • Using social media safely, etc...

But we also focus on building confidence, so that children can

discover and use new programs and apps, on their own,

to match their needs.

Showing how technology is everywhere

 

How it is used by children like them every day;

How it has changed, and will keep changing, how we do things, 

How it has reduced geographic, social and economic barriers, creating new difficulties, but also new opportunities, for life and work.

Focusing on safety

​We put safety first, by helping children understand how to recognize scams, report abuse and respond to cyber-bullying. How to behave online and how to manage their digital profile. And, ultimately, how to use technology safely, securely and responsibly. 

 
Spark Projects is registered in England with the Companies House (company number 11524316) as a charitable company. It has the registered charity number 1185912, and is additionally registered with the HMRC as a charity for GiftAid (HMRC charity reference ZD05751).