Hanyang's Future Generations in Art and Software
Hanyang Gifted Education Center and Hanyang Education through Art and Design Lab
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Around 80 percent of Korea’s education for gifted children centers around mathematics and science. The faculty of Hanyang University, on the other hand, opened a new field of knowledge to the future generations. Hanyang Education through Art and Design Lab (HEAD-Lab) and the Hanyang Gifted Education Center each introduce young pupils to the world of computer science and art and design.
Kim Sun-ah, the Managing Director of HEAD-Lab, explains that rather than teaching children to be good in a certain genre of art, the program aims to encourage a general thinking ability that can be developed through art and design. “We want to teach the ability, attitude, and ideas that can be raised by thinking like an artist. We want to teach them to challenge and experiment in many new mediums and tools,” said Kim.
The Hanyang Gifted Education Center is the first and only education center for gifted children that teaches computer science and has six courses: Computational Thinking and Algorithm, Programming and Computing Practice, Understanding Computer System and Network, Data Model and Scientific Analysis, Application and Convergence of Computer Science, and Computer Science and Information Society. Classes of less than 15 students from the age 10 to 17 take a three-hour class every Saturday from March to October, after which they take evaluation tests that decide whether they are suited for the next level class (the levels are divided into two, which are basic and intensive, but this year, there is an additional level of advanced).
The aim of the education, according to Ryu Min-soo, the Director of the center, is to raise the students as active participants in various fields of the future society, who have the knowledge of computer science. “Nowadays, when new technology emerges, it affects the society, economy, and even our daily lives,” said Ryu. “Future generations will not survive without the knowledge of computer science technology.”
New students are accepted to the programs through taking entrance examinations. For HEAD Start program, the most emphasized quality to evaluate during the entrance assessment was how active students were when given a completely new material. Providing them with paints and paper streamers, assessors focused on the degree of interest and activeness shown by the students. The entrance test for Hanyang Gifted Education Center is consisted of two parts. One is for testing the general ability in language and thinking, and the other is for testing the computing thinking. This year, for the upcoming application period from October 1st to October 12th, there is a special admission for students who excel in programming skills.
In the future, Kim hopes to set up a gifted education center of art. That way, she plans to run autonomous programs, not limited to the low-income children but open also to those in the ‘grey area’ of income-bracket or those over 17-years-old. Ryu says his aim is to establish a leading model of curriculum in gifted children education, that could be exported to other countries. Also, he has high hopes that Hanyang University will become the best university in software education. Although the fields are quite different, both are on a journey to a similar goal – to establish and expand the education for the gifted children.
Lim Ji-woo email@example.com
Photos by Kang Cho-hyun
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