ProgeTiger Programme

Programme ProgeTiger was launched in Estonia in 2012 when the idea of teaching programming and robotics was introduced to our schools. Also at that time the start-up was making headlines in the world and Estonia took a big step to be on board with this initiative. We started to train teachers, develop learning materials and translate programming courses. 

Today the ProgeTiger programme has developed into technology programme widely targeted at engineering sciences, design & technology and information & communication technology (ICT).

Programme is aimed at preschool, primary and vocational education in effort to integrate technology education into curriculum, offering teachers educational resources and training opportunities, financially supporting kindergartens and schools in acquiring different programmable devices.

The role of Information Technology Foundation for Education (HITSA) in the ProgeTiger programme is:

  • Information services and promotion for target groups – teachers and heads of schools;
  • Development of learning materials and training courses;
  • Supporting educational technologists;
  • Development of methodology and methods on how to integrate technology into the curriculum;
  • Organizing competitions, seminars and conferences.

ProgeTiger programme is supported and funded by the Estonian government through the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research.

Curricular support - in primary education we have a national cross-curricular theme called “Technology and Innovation” which requires all teachers to implement technology in their teaching. That means that teachers have to integrate technology in their subjects in different fields (for example using Scratch in mathematics, music programs in music lessons and so on). It does not say what to use or how to use technology specifically. Teachers can choose themselves how they want to do this.  Also we have different national optional curriculas and schools own subjects in technology education (programming, robotics, 3D graphics, computer science, informatics etc.) which schools can choose to add into their school programme (approximately 67% of Estonian schools have one or more optional lesson in their programme). 

At all educational levels we have extra-curricular activities in our kindergartens and schools. Also there are many voluntary initiatives and children have a chance to be involved in different recreational activities (like robotics, coding clubs etc.).

Here are some examples what our teachers do in schools:

  • In preschool, teachers teach and use LEGO WeDo, Kodu Game Lab, tablets (apps), programmes to make animations etc.
  • In primary school, teachers teach and use Kodu Game Lab, Logo MSW, Scratch, LEGO Mindstorms EV3, mobile app making programmes and environments, many different programmes and environments which are used for teaching various subjects (music, mathematic, physics, biology), e-labs etc. 
  • In high school and vocational education, teachers teach and use different programming languages (Python, JavaScript etc), courses, 3D graphics, robotics, programmes to make games, web-pages and apps etc.

Read more about ProgeTiger programme:

Watch the video “Technology Education in Estonia“: