Our curriculum is divided into multiple steps. It‘s set up as a game, with the ability to gain levels and achievements through the completion of projects. Once you have reached level 21, you are ready to find a job.
Everyone starts at the same place to ensure everyone has a strong programming foundation to build upon. Here at 42 Heilbronn, you can learn to do anything from programming an A.I. to game graphics.
Nobody tells you what route you must take, it is up to you! You are in charge of your own future.
If you are not sure what your passion is, you are free to try all the routes until you find it. It’s all up to you.
Academic progress at 42 is accounted for using experience points, which was inspired by video games. Students develop their competencies through each of those proposed projects and receive experience in exchange for this. Each completed project unlocks the next project(s); each successive project is increasingly more substantial and more high-rewarded. This gamification mindset allows all learning to be fun, while enhancing students’ passion, persistence, and motivation to get to the next level.
Peer-learning at 42 primarily focuses on promoting passionate student engagement. Peer instruction adds value in its ability to encourage critical thinking, problem-solving and innovation. 42’s collaborative dynamic of a healthy and abundant exchange of ideas comes from students working together to confront and troubleshoot challenging situations without any prior knowledge.
This type of teamwork naturally leads to forming strong bonds between students that helps them build a network that can assist them later on in their careers… not to mention the personal enrichment from making a new community of friends.
Peer-corrections are also an essential part of our peer learning curriculum. They are an educational technique where students correct each other. Giving corrections is an important part of the process when it comes to working on projects; students must rely on the feedback that they receive about their work in order to progress. By giving and receiving information and by alternating between training and learning, 42 students adapt and progress rapidly.
PROJECT BASED LEARNING
Project-based Learning is a hands-on way to explore your passions, develop skills, and change the world. Instead of classes or courses, we have a connected galaxy of projects. Some projects are worked on individually and others are done in groups with peers. Each project is a challenge with a brief description of objectives and skills students will learn throughout the process.
42 is not just about languages, algorithms and technologies. We teach you how to learn – how to exercise creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving to tackle various challenges.
YOUR OWN PATH AND PACE
The 42 program boasts the flexibility for students to choose their specializations without compromising essential concepts and strategic thinking. By rushing through a curriculum to keep up with the rest of your class, or being held back by the average pace of your peers, it is difficult to stay motivated and engaged. Instead of making a commitment to an institution’s schedule, 42 allows students to commit to a pace that works best for them intellectually and personally. No journey is the same as another here at 42, you are on your own path with your own goals and your own finish line.