|Students at Shinil Middle School in Seoul participate in LG CNS' software education program, dubbed Coding Genius, Thursday. / Courtesy of LG CNS|
By Jun Ji-hye
LG CNS plans to offer free software education programs to 2,500 students at 22 middle schools nationwide this year, providing hands-on experience with handling new information technologies including big data and augmented reality (AR), the firm said Thursday.
The program, dubbed Coding Genius, began in the day at Shinil Middle School in Seoul with 118 students participating.
The LG Group's IT affiliate has operated the annual program since 2017 to help students improve their creativity and critical thinking abilities.
About 100 LG CNS employees have participated in the event every year and donated their expertise.
This year, the firm added big data and AR education to the program as part of efforts to nurture talented individuals for the future.
"We have improved the education program so students can experience more advanced technologies," an LG CNS official said.
During the big data education, students will be given the opportunity to create big data models recommending information on food, fashion and other areas they have interest in.
The firm will also give students opportunities to make self-driving vehicles on their own by utilizing robotic cars made out of LEGO.