Computer Science Education Advances in Spanish Schools with U.S. Company's Help

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A product called Phrogram, developed by a Seattle-based company, is being used in a program that introduces youngsters in Spain to computer programming. The program covers over 20 middle schools in the province of Léon. Phrogram is a powerful, yet easy-to-learn programming language, presented in a simplified software development environment, which makes the modern art and science of writing software code more accessible to computer technology beginners and more fun to teach and learn.

By introducing computer science early in a child's education, this project strengthens the potential for more students pursuing a STEM (science, engineering, technology and math) academic discipline, making the case for starting more projects like this one that much stronger.

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Students between the ages of 10 and 14 in the province of Léon, Spain are learning how to create games and other software programs, thanks to a product from a U.S.-based company that is being used in a pilot project recently launched in more than 20 middle schools.

Proconsi S.L., which is managing the software for the project, chose Phrogram, an easy-to-learn Microsoft® .NET Framework-based application and programming language, as the entry-level, yet realistic software development environment for the project's curriculum. ALETIC, a non-profit consortium of commercial companies focused on enhancing the IT and communications sector in Léon, is managing the project on behalf of the province's school system.

"Getting kids engaged in the fundamentals of creating software not only gives them skills that will grow in importance in future years, but also strengthens their knowledge of math and other core subjects," said David Witus, president of The Phrogram Company. "By introducing computer science early in a child's education, this project strengthens the potential for more students pursuing a STEM (science, engineering, technology and math) academic discipline, making the case for starting more projects like this one that much stronger."

"Phrogram is more advanced than its predecessor, Kids' Programming Language, which we used when we first began developing this project," said Juan Carlos Abad, who manages the project for Proconsi. "Our goal is not only to help foster a deeper knowledge of, and appreciation for, math and science subjects, but also to create a natural stepping stone toward more advanced study of these subjects as a child's academic career progresses."

If the project meets the goals established by ALETIC and the school system for a successful outcome, it may be broadened to other provinces throughout Spain. The project recently received national evening news coverage in Spain. See http://www.misexta.tv/home/1_0/0/334521.

About The Phrogram Company:
The Phrogram Company, of Kent, WA, USA, makes the Phrogram™ line of educational software and casual game development products, designed for beginner-to-intermediate level computer programmers. With Phrogram, anyone can enter the world of computer science through an intuitive and easy-to-learn environment for writing software code. Phrogram's "plain-language" syntax makes it ideal for learning and fun, and it is particularly well suited for the creation of computer games. For more information, visit http://phrogram.com.

About Proconsi, S.L.:
Proconsi, S.L., of Villarrodrigo de las Regueras, Léon, SPAIN, specializes in the development and integration of computer software systems, and has over twenty years' experience in public sector projects. Proconsi has pioneered the development of numerous computer software solutions for small and medium sized businesses, especially in the areas of logistics and administration. For more information, visit http://www.proconsi.com.

About ALETIC
ALETIC is a non-profit association of companies whose objective is the development of projects directly related to the IT and Communications sector within the region of Castile and Léon. To learn more, visit http://www.aletic.es.

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