Code Week EU will take place next Saturday, October 11 until the 17 October 2014. The second edition of EU Code Week is a project by the Young Advisors Group at the European Commission.
"The idea is making coding more visible, demystify these skills, and bring motivated people together to learn. We aim at getting millions of children, parents, teachers, entrepreneurs and policy makers to come together in to learn programming and related skills."
Patrick Balestra, 17 years old
"In a world where we're surrounded by technology, and where so many of our interactions we have are with computers, learning to code helps us understand how these services work."
credits : Neelie Kroes
Join them at one of many events and clubs taking place when Code Week returns this Saturday.
Code week map of Europe (October 6)
Digital skills are in demand. Let's fix that problem! Boost your future and the future of Europe, get involved.
Here the promo video for EU Code Week 2014:
The video features a message from Dr. Rolf Landua, Head of Education at CERN, and Niklas Hed, Angry Birds Founder and talks about coding as a new literacy.
Yes, computational thinking is a skill children can be taught if they are to be ready for the workplace and able to participate effectively in this digital world. But I don't think coding is 'the' new literacy without the basic skills.
Children will not be able to code if they don't have the basic skills, reading and writing.
The role of programming in computer science is similar to that of practical work in the other sciences – it provides motivation, and a context within which ideas are brought to life.
Here's a funny video about programming to the young kids:
Hello Ruby by Linda Liukas is a children’s book that teaches programming fundamentals through stories and kid-friendly activities.
"Programming is an intersection: it combines the artistic vision of arts students, engineering and then the societal-change qualities of social studies," she said. "But in the past, I think we have only talked about programming in terms of technology, or ICT or STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths]"
Teaching programming skills to children is seen as a long-term solution to the “skills gap” between the number of technology jobs and the people qualified to fill them.
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