Supporting the Next Generation of Tech

Supporting the Next Generation of Tech

Kara Wheeler
Thought byKara Wheeler
June 20, 2022
Group of Lego League participants working together

Collaboration, innovation, and problem solving. Not only are these ideals in every fiber of our being here at FFW, but we seek out and partner with organizations that promote these kinds of ideals whenever we get the chance.

And if this organization happens to focus on the next generation? Cherry on top.

Our team in Moldova happily co-sponsored “First LEGO League,” a hands-on competition for kids where, through building with LEGO, they learn to solve science, robotics, and technology problems, while creating fun and memorable experiences.

Participant working on his project

During the competition, real STEM concepts are taught in a language better suited for 8-16 year olds. From the outside in, it simply looks like the participants are having fun with friends and building LEGO sets (with some healthy competition, of course). But what is truly happening? They’re analyzing a problem to devise a plan of action, programming and computing different software to find a solution, engineering the pieces, and making it come to life through LEGO. That kind of conceptual exposure mingled with enjoyment, results in lessons that are sure to stick.

We joined in on the fun

Members of our team were on the jury, evaluating the participants’ teamwork, programming design, and finished product that solved this year’s problem: “How do you ensure a fast, cost-efficient, comfortable and environmentally friendly transportation?” 

We cherished playing a role in this event, especially witnessing first hand the excitement about innovation tangible in the atmosphere. 

We also can’t underplay the value of introducing technology and programming concepts to kids.

“Sustaining events in the IT sector is pretty important,” said Maxim Gandraman, our Moldova office administration manager. “Because events like this promote ideas of IT coding to kids, and sometimes they evolve and grow to want a career in IT.” 

Judges evaluating a team's product
Maxim Gandraman (second from the left) judging a team’s product with other jury members

It’s always an incredible feat when young people discover their passions; it can generate a sense of purpose for themselves. Not to mention, the quality of their contributions increase drastically, because they thoroughly enjoy what they do. 

What would the future of the tech industry look like if it’s filled with passionate, driven people who love the work they do because of the investment we made today?

Gandraman summed it up best: 

“Kids are small, but they grow fast. We can start from there.”

In a similar vein

Continuously supporting educational initiatives that make a difference in the lives of young people is something we care deeply about. GirlsGoIT is a non-profit organization that empowers and encourages young women to pursue careers in the IT and development fields, and we have been a proud supporter since 2016. 

We recognize the big potential our next generation has, and it's up to us to make sure they reach it. On top of that, it’s simply the right thing to do.

Check out our work with GirlsGoIT, and for more information about First LEGO League and the great work they do, visit their website.