Thursday, October 13, 2016

Schools : Code Week EU ? Let's go !


"Europe Code Week is a grassroots movment that celebrates creating with code."

Europe Code Week, is taking place between 15 and 23 October, although "every week is Code Week". 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.

Millions of children, adults, parents, teachers, entrepreneurs, and policymakers will again come together at events, in classrooms and libraries across Europe and beyond to learn to create with code.

Libraries change lives
credits: Public Libraries 2020


The idea is to make programming more visible, to show young, adults and elderly how you bring ideas to life with code, to demystify these skills and bring motivated people together to learn. The initiative was launched in 2013 by the Young Advisors for the Digital Agenda Europe.

The Commission will address digital skills in future initiatives on skills and training and will adopt a skills strategy in Spring 2016.

In 2015, 46 countries took part in EU Code Week – all EU member states plus Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Albania, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey events took place in Australia, Belarus, Bosnia and Hercegovina, China, South Korea, Moldova, Morocco, Taiwan, Tunisia, Ukraine and the United States.

EU Code Week is run by volunteers. One, or several, Code Week Ambassadors coordinate the initiative in their countries, but everyone can organise their own code event and add it to the map.

Why coding?

"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."

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

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

The inclusion of coding into the new computing curriculum has been 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.


International School Library Month (ISLM) is in October, and the theme is:

"Learn to Decode Your World."

Do you need a better theme? Get your school library running a big coding club joining the students to learn coding.

Join Europe Code Week by organising a coding event in your town or help spread the vision of Code Week.


Europe Code Week is launching the CodeWeek4all challenge to contribute to increase the penetration of coding in schools.

Schools are invited to register online for free to get a unique code to be added to the description of all Code Week events at CodeWeekEU/events organized in the school preferably between October 15 and October 23 2016.
The challenge consists in getting involved as many students as possible during Europe Code Week 2016. The unique code associated with the school will allow Code Week organizers to sum up all the participants to the events organized in the same school and to compare the sum with the total number of students declared in the application form.

Schools achieving a participation rate greater or equal than 50% will be awarded a personalized Certificate of Excellence in Coding Literacy and will be announced in the Europe Code Week website.
Application form available at:


To make organizing and running successful Code Week events easier, Code Week EU prepared specific Presentations & 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.

Code Week EU is on Twitter as @CodeWeekEU, on Facebook. Use the #codeEU hashtag.

Invite your students to have fun building things about code. Are they ready to share their passion? Young students are so creative. Let's them expore all the funny coding games with their imagination.

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