Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Are you ready to code at school ? EU Code Week 2014

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 events and classrooms to learn programming and related skills."

Patrick Balestra, 17 years old

Patrick Balestra from Monte Carasso, Switzerland started about 4 years ago. He was very interested in the Apple world. In 2011 he bought an iPad and he discovered the App Store. He was interested about all the cool apps he could download. He started to create games with a simple program (...) Read more about Patrick

"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."
What's more, learning to code gives teachers and students a powerful way to explore ideas and make things, both for work, study and play.

credits : Neelie Kroes
Why Coding?

Coding is everywhere. It is an enabling technology at the heart of many of the digital revolutions. 
More than a highly diverse tool, it is a way of looking at the world: a way to break tasks into ever smaller subsets. It is a fun and creative field full of great people and passionate communities. Read more here

Neelie Kroes & her Ambassadors
All around Europe, people are making apps, websites and lots of other things by learning code.

In each country one or several EU Code Week Ambassadors have volunteered to be the main point of contact for Code Week, helping spread the vision of the initiative and connecting local coding communities and interested actors.

To make running a Code Week event easier, the team has selected some of the best lesson plans, guides and other resources.

  • Local Resources in your languages
EU Code week reached 1,500 events, spanning over 38 European countries! You can find Local Resources in your languages here

Currently, the 10 most active Code Week countries are: Iceland, Luxembourg, Malta, Ireland, Estonia, Slovenia, Sweden, Croatia, Greece and Austria, while France has the largest number of total events, a whooping 200!

Join them at one of many events and clubs taking place when Code Week returns this Saturday.

Code week map of Europe (October 6)

If your code club or group is meeting during Code Week, add your events to the coding map of Europe

Not yet part of a group? Organize a Code Week event in your area! The team has prepared a #codeEU Toolkit for organizers and a list of resources to get you started.
  • Questions?
Get in touch with EU Code Week Ambassadors in your country and find out more about how to volunteer, or even sponsor a local event.

Community groups, schools, companies and non-profits are all welcome to run a Code Week event. 

And while October 11 - 17 will be the biggest celebration of coding across Europe, we're looking forward to activities throughout the year.
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.

Education :

"Coding is like the 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]"

Linda Liukas

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.

Invite your students to have fun and build things about code. Are you ready to share their passion? 



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