The Information Technology Authority has concluded its IT Kids Innovation Theatre (IT KIT) in Muscat.
The three-week summer camp was intended to develop children's knowledge and abilities in IT, encouraging them to utilize their IT knowledge and imagination to produce creative services and products.
The program was held in association with Middle East College, Oman LNG, Innotech, Engineering for Kids and Cisco. Forty children were trained in robotics, programming, networks and information security.
The closing event was attended by Hassan Fida Allawati, DG, Digital Society Development Division at ITA and the parents of the children.
Hassan Fida Allawati, DG, Digital Society Development Division at ITA commented: "The program was held in the Middle East College, Muscat, during the period from 29th July to 16th August while it was held in Salalah for the first time, at the premises of the Public Authority for Civil Aviation during the period from 29 July to 9 August. The program witnessed great interest as the total number of applicants reached around 500: 360 registrants in Muscat and 160 in Salalah among which 80 participants were selected through personal interviews.
"We conduct the program for the third consecutive year believing that kids are an integral part of the society who use technology most than other segments. We believe that the continuation of such initiatives and programs is of paramount importance to prepare the future generation for the fourth industrial revolution," he added.
"We appreciate all the government and private organisations partnering with us in this initiative and we look forward for similar cooperation in the future," he added.
The program targeted kids between 9-12 years old who are familiar with some basic skills in IT such as using computer, running programs and some basic applications. This year, the program focused on two main topics: Programming and Robotics, and it included a set of activities such as workshops, project planning, preparation and implementation, and personal skills enhancement.