KidsOut Engineering Workshop with Ciena

KidsOut were thrilled to offer some of London’s most disadvantaged children theCiena2 opportunity to attend the charity’s first ever “Kids in Engineering” workshop on Monday 2nd September. The day was organised in collaboration with KidsOut’s partners at Ciena, a networking systems, services and software company, who hosted the workshop at their London offices. The Ciena team provided a series of fun and engaging tech-related activities, designed to expose children to the world of technology and the many opportunities that the industry can offer.

The children attending predominantly came from refuges and domestic abuse services across Greater London. Activities on the day included putting together balloon powered racing cars, water powered rockets, and engaging in a series of laser maze challenges. Participants developed new skills from taking part in these activities, which required maintained focus and demonstrated the rewards of perseverance. Ciena representative and recent KidsOut Ambassador Lydia Rees was overwhelmed with the workshop’s success, commenting what a pleasure it was to see the children participating in “a fun day doing something different – learning about science, meeting new friends and spending the day in a new and stimulating environment.”

It was not only the children who benefitted from the day’s activities, with the mothers taking part in workshops run by the Women@Ciena team around topics such as self-care, confidence and resilience.

Ciena1The responses to the day’s sessions were all overwhelmingly positive. A mother told KidsOut that she “felt honoured” to have attended the workshop day with her children. She said that “This is a place where I can think about myself knowing my children are safe and occupied. The memory will stay in my heart for a long time.” A support worker was equally positive about the day, explaining how the “Children had a lot of fun and the workshops for the women were very helpful. As a member of staff I believe all other clients we have in our refuges would benefit from these sort of sessions. It would be a pleasure to organise further events together with Ciena and KidsOut!”

KidsOut would like to thank Ciena for hosting the workshop day and their continued support. Fun and educational days out like this make a real difference to the lives of the children KidsOut supports and the charity hopes to be able to offer more opportunities with Ciena in the future.