Hack4Kids v16 – Ecole d’Heinstert 23/02/2017


Venue : Ecole d’Heinstert (Belgium)

Total number of children: 40+


“43 pupils from P3 to P6 level and their teachers truly appreciated the Hack4Kids activities that were given at Heinstert school on Thursday 23rd February 2017. Hack4Kids is a great concept which helps children understand new technologies’ assets and drawbacks.” Sylvie Baudoin, director of Heinstert-Thiaumont-Nobressart schools

SECURITYMADEIN.LU, in partnership with the school of Heinstert in Belgium, organized a Hack4Kids. This event gathered around 40 children aged from 8 to 11 years old. Matthieu Farcot from SECURITYMADEIN.LU, introduced the pupils to specific data protection awareness topics, to the information security and learned how to use a programming platform Scratch.

Here was the program:

  • Coding workshops: children were introduced to open source Scratch software and had to realize a creative exercise.
  • An introduction to security and cryptography: secret passages lost in a castle, backdoors in electronic messaging services, 3D keys used to open TSA lockers from luggage… Many examples which made children think about the illusion of security’s notion.
  • Personal data and risk assessment: pupils were informed about Big Data risks through an interactive presentation.
  • “Network game” workshops: this playful and dynamic game helped children understand how the TCP/IP protocol works and got introduced with basis in network engineering. Pupils also got basis in network engineering, learned how TOR works and what is a DDoS attack.

On the whole, children appreciated the different workshops and were eager to know more about each topic. “During a whole morning, children discovered technologies which are part of their everyday lives. Hack4kids workshops help children understand how these technologies work.“, explains Matthieu Farcot.