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Elisa’s digital school

In the digital school, children between the ages of 10 and 12 learn the basics of programming and familiarise themselves with the Internet of Things and digitalisation.

In class, time stops while all our attention and energy are directed towards the students. At Elisa’s digital school, we teachers are there to support and spar with the children. We are the aunts and uncles who understand the limitations of the software being used in programming. For children, the only limit is their imagination, which is great!
- Mikko Pukkila, Development Manager in charge of terminal device sales in Elisa’s consumer business

Like dozens of Elisa employees, Mikko Pukkila teaches in the digital school for children and adolescents a couple of times a year. In the digital school, children between the ages of 10 and 12 learn the basics of programming and familiarise themselves with the Internet of Things and digitalisation.

We have been arranging dozens of digital schools free of charge annually all around Finland since 2014. In 2016, Elisa’s two-day digital school visited 25 schools. The digital schools have been held in Finnish and English, and also in Swedish as of 2016. The digital schools will continue in 2017.

We want to share our knowhow and expertise with children and adolescents, and with society at large to carry our responsibility for Finnish society and its development. In the future, more and more everyday objects will be online. Even if you are not a programmer, you need to understand the operating logic of the networked society. This is us giving it back both at the personal and at the company level.
- Ville Takanen, Technology Manager of Elisa Appelsiini, who has been a teacher at the digital schools since the very beginning

In addition to the digital schools, we have launched an online digital school (in Finnish) with ten episodes that familiarise the participants in the basics of programming with game examples. Click here to read more about the digital schools (in Finnish).

In addition to our digital schools, we supported the Ruby summer school for six-to-ten-year-olds at the Annantalo Youth Culture Centre in Helsinki in June 2016.

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