The fourth EU Code Week took place from15th -23rd October 2016. It brought together children, teenagers, adults, parents, teachers, entrepreneurs and policymakers in events and classrooms across not only Europe but other regions of the world to have fun by making things and doing stuff with code.
Codeweek.UK not only represents EU Code Week in the UK, but also promotes other opportunities for people to come together and learn to code. Many coding events are organized during this week in different parts of the United Kingdom by schools, libraries and community groups.
The Codeweek.UK kick off event took place at Dragon Hall, in Covent Garden on Friday 14th October. Over 100 children from primary and secondary schools with their teachers attended many hands on workshops and had opportunities to try out new programs and devices.
Codeweek.UK was sponsored by Discovery Education, one of the UK’s leading providers of digital content and educational services to schools. The Discovery Education Coding service provides complete support for teaching coding in primary schools and includes lesson plans, video tutorials and comprehensive resources for Block Coding, Python and HTML.
Code Week UK was fortunate to receive prizes for the schools from Codio and Hue HD. Codio provided us with 3 class sets of Codebug kit and Hue HD with an HD Pro camera and Hue animation studio. These prizes were given to schools at the end of the event.
Yasemin Allsop Senior Lecturer in Computing at Roehampton University and UK Code Week Coordinator said:
“Codeweek UK aims to raise and celebrate the importance of coding activities by connecting communities around the UK. 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”.
She also gave news of more exciting Code Week UK events in the near future. She added:
“We cannot wait for a year to organize events, we need to provide more opportunities for young people that are coming from disadvantaged circumstances in developing their digital skills. What a better way than giving them the chance to code together, learn together and have fun together”
Codeweek.UK also provides support for everyone who would like to run a coding event in different parts of the UK. If you need any support, get in touch with the team at firstname.lastname@example.org
We would like to thank everyone involved especially our partner Discovery Education for their support.