Thursday, October 8, 2015

Code Week EU, let's go again ! #codeEU

"Europe Code Week is a grassroots initiative which aims to bring coding and digital literacy to everybody in a fun and engaging way."

Europe Code Week, is taking place 10-18 October 2015 all over Europe. It's an open source initiative, aiming to connect initiatives that encourage European citizens to learn more about the art and science of computer programming.

"The idea is making coding more visible, demystify these skills, and bring motivated students 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."

infographic 2015

Today we live in a world that has been affected by rapid advances in technology. The way we work, communicate, shop and think has changed dramatically. In order to cope with these rapid changes and to make sense of the world around us, we need to not only develop our understanding of how technology works, but also develop skills and capabilities, that will help us to adapt to living in this new era.

The initiative was launched by Neelie Kroes' Young Advisors with the support from DG Connect at the European Commission. Sounds fancier than it really is. They were just "a bunch of young people with a dream of a world where all sort of crazy ideas are given a chance to change the world."

It's about those of us who are already helping these dreams come true. The future. 

Technology is shaping young lives, bringing crazy ideas to life, build things that will bring joy to others.

"It's never been easier to make your own app, build your own robot, or invent flying cars, why not! It's not an easy journey, but it's a journey full of creative challenges, a supportive community, and tons of fun."
In the last Code Weeek EU 37 countries, 89 ambassadors, 4 000 events and 150000+ people ! Wow ! Neelie Kroes must be very happy.

Why Coding?
  • Coding is becoming a key skill for professionals in every field, so it must start at school;
  • ICT professionals, researchers, designers, coders...
  • Basic ICT skills enable the creation of small business or funny apps and games;
  • Today there is already a shortage of ICT professionals in Europe;
  • By 2015, this year, we will be missing 900.000 ICT professionals;
  • These positions could be filled by Europeans currently unemployed;
  • The future economy of Europe passes by a strong focus on technology and startups.

"It's about Pia, who felt like she had to study law, even though she always enjoyed maths and playing with computers. It's about Mark, who has the idea for a better social network, but can't build it on his own. It's about Alice, who dreams about making robots because her parents don't allow her to have a cat."

Code Week EU

From playing about with animations to designing computer games, teaching coding in schools lends itself to plenty of fun learning activities.

"Computing is cool."

The inclusion of coding into the new computing curriculum was one of the main changes that the Department of Education in different European countries claimed would "ensure every child leaves school prepared for life in modern society."

Students at the school have apparently responded positively to the new curriculum in those countries and are already seeing the practical use of learning these new skills.

It's never been easier to make their own app, build their own robot, or invent flying cars, why not! It's not an easy journey, but it's a journey full of creative challenges, a supportive community, and tons of fun.

Are you ready to accept the challenge and become a maker or to engage your students to become makers?
Become a part of Code Week by organizing an event. Make a difference by inspiring and motivating others. 
Anyone is welcome to organize an event. Just pick a topic and a target audience andadd your event to the map. You can even use our toolkit for organizers to get started.
If you need help or have a question you can get in touch with EU Code Week Ambassadors in your country.
  • Join an event near your school, city, country:
Coding is for everyone. Try something new and discover the fun of coding by joining an event near youThere are plenty of events for any age and a variety of topics. Participation is free of charge and there are no prerequisites.
There's also a list of resources to help you get started with coding online right now.
  • Help to spread the vision of Code Week:
Help the cause by spreading the word so that more people can learn about Code Week. If you know people who would be willing to organize an event, let them know about Code Week.


To make organizing and running successful Code Week events easier, Code Week EU prepared specific toolkits and selected some of the best lesson plans, guides and other resources in 30 languages. 

There are activities and games to learn to code, for all ages and skills. Just take a look and choose. You have plenty. You have all the information on the website Code Week EU here.

Ada Lovelace 2015, poster

Oh! During Code Week 2015, on October 13th, Code Week EU will celebrate Ada Lovelace Day

The annual Ada Lovelace day, which this year falls on 13 October, aims to raise the profile of women working in STEM subjects across the globe
Ada Lovelace Day has become renowned for sharing inspirational stories about women in science that inspire people. It's a great chance to get girls excited about a traditionally male-dominated field. 

photo : Alamy
Ada Lovelace Day is an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). But how much do your students know about this pioneering female?

Lovelace (1815-1852) was a gifted mathematician who is considered to have written instructions for the first computer program in the mid-1800s. She translated an article on an invention by Charles Babbage, and added her own comments. 

Because she introduced many computer concepts, Ada is considered the first computer programmer. 

Ada had an unusual upbringing for an aristocratic girl in the mid-1800s. At her mother's insistence, tutors taught her mathematics and science. Such challenging subjects were not standard fare for women at the time. 

Learning to code helps us to make sense of how things work, explore ideas and make things, for both work and play. What’s more it helps us to unleash our creativity and work collaboratively with wonderful people both near us and all over the world.

To dowload Ada Lovelace poster here 

Other information:

Have an inspirational story to share? Post it to Code Week and it will share.

Code Week EU is on Twitter as @CodeWeekEU, on Facebook. Use the #codeEU hashtag.
Invite your students to have fun and build things about code. Are you ready to share their passion? 

Young students are creative. Let's them expore all the funny coding games.


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