EU Code Week 2017
From the 7th to 22nd of October, countries across Europe are celebrating EU Code Week, a multi-national effort to improve digital literacy and engagement, particularly for young learners and older adults. There’s over 1000 volunteer-led events planned for Code Week across the world, and we’re proud to be running two of them through exa.foundation!
Firstly, we’ll be running a Family Hack Jam at Green Lane Primary School on the 11th of October. Family hack hams are a fantastic way for families to spend time together, with team-based exercises giving everyone a chance to learn something and have a great time.
At this jam, kicking off at about 3:30 PM, we’ll be putting together a range of challenges for families taking part, introducing some basic coding ideas before asking teams to come up with their personal approaches - a really important part of learning about coding, letting people understand exactly what’s happening with their project.
On the 18th, we’ll be running a Minecraft Hack Jam from right here in our Bradford office (a couple of minutes from the city centre). Incredibly popular with young learners, Minecraft, a video game about designing and creating, can be used to teach a whole lot of Computing topics, including approaches to scripting, physical Computing and a whole lot more.
We’ll be providing absolutely all the equipment for both of our EU Code Week hack jams, so don’t worry about bringing anything - just register for free on the linked EventBrite pages to give us an idea of how many people will be showing up!
Other local Code Week events
It’s not just us who are running events near Bradford for Code Week. We’ve put together some short info about everything else planned, but head over to the Code Week events page to find out all about everything that’s going on near you!
CoderDojo Open Morning - On the 7th of October, Bradford CoderDojo are set to run their latest monthly opening morning, with some fun tech challenges for families and young learners.
Let’s Code a Story - A great event for young children, this October 11th event organised by the National Science and Media Museum takes a look at Interactive fiction, with visitors building their own stories and learning about basic coding principles.
Retro Code - Get introduced to old-school coding on the 12th October at Keighley College with this unique event, exploring the basics of programming Spectrums and Commodore computers - should be a really interesting day.
BBC Micro:bit Family Workshop - Three drop-in sessions organised by Digital Catapult Yorkshire to introduce the flexible BBC micro:bit to families and young learners, covering basic coding, robotics and more.