Sljeme Summer Camp for Gifted Children Successfully Organised

Lauren Simmonds

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Copyright Romulic and Stojcic

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, HSM, a Croatian IT company which has been present on the market for more than 30 years now, in cooperation with the associations Dar (Gift) and Vjetar u ledja (Tail wind), organised the Sljeme summer camp for gifted children from July the 11th to the 15th at the Mala Hunjka mountain lodge. Twenty gifted children partook, from the third, fourth and fifth grade, all of whom enjoyed interesting lectures every day.

“HSM has continuously supported vulnerable groups within our society, and this year we decided to start the HSM Sljeme summer camp to support gifted children as well. We cooperated with the Dar and Vjetar u ledja associations and, I would say, more than successfully held the first ever HSM Sljeme summer camp for gifted children,” said the member of the HSM Board responsible for marketing and HR, Jelena Jelinic.

On the first day of the Sljeme summer camp, the children learned a lot about the Earth, the air and the atmosphere through a series of lectures and experiments, which were introduced to them in a picturesque way by the famous Croatian meteorologist Nikola Vikic Topic.

On the second day of the camp, Bojan Branisavljevic led them through a scientifically simulation with elements of role playing. Branislavljevic has otherwise been running workshops intended for gifted children for the past seven years through one of the aforementioned associations, as well as conducting educational sessions about giftedness for parents, educators and teachers.

The basics of 3D drawing, the creation of simple and advanced 3D models, an introduction to 3D printing technology, and 3D printing of drawn models were presented to the children in a more than interesting lecture by Robert Ljubek, a teacher and passionate STEAM fan.

The secrets of C++ programming were also taught to the children by Zvonimir Anic, who helped the Sljeme summer camp participants to present their solutions in a very simple and quick way.

The fifth and last day of the Sljeme summer camp was particularly interesting because the children participated in another lecture by Robert Ljubek, who introduced them to unmanned aerial vehicles.

“A week of creativity, curiosity, experiments, fun and laughter is now behind us. The children’s satisfaction is our greatest reward for all the effort we put into the HSM summer camp,” says Jelena Jelinic.

HSM’s plan is to make this a beautiful, ongoing tradition, so preparations have already begun for the HSM Sljeme summer camp for gifted children in 2023.

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