Digital literacy encompasses a wide range of skills, all of which are necessary to succeed in an increasingly digital world. As print mediums begin to die out, the ability to comprehend information found online becomes more and more important. Students who lack digital literacy skills may soon find themselves at just as much of a disadvantage as those who cannot read or write.
The SOAR Digital Literacy Program would serve as a preparational step to empower children from disadvantaged conditions to participate and excel in coding and engineering related studies in schools and activity centers that are offered nationwide. In particular, the aim is to spark interest in coding and programming by providing basic understanding and interactive experience with coding. Coding was chosen as the primary tool for sparking interest in children due to its overall benefits that stretch to all areas of life by sharpening problem solving skills, logical thinking and helping to visualize abstract concepts.