More than 300 stu­dents ac­tively im­mersed in MITA’s Cod­ing Events

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MITA’s Dig­i­tal Out­reach Team have par­tic­i­pated in this year’s EU Code Week by or­gan­is­ing two days of ac­tiv­i­ties for more than 300 stu­dents, com­ing from four lo­cal church schools. The events, or­gan­ised be­tween the 20th and the 21st of Oc­to­ber, were char­ac­terised by work­shops on ro­bot­ics and game de­vel­op­ment, to­gether with talks about pos­si­ble ca­reers re­lated to cod­ing and ICT.

On the first day of ac­tiv­i­ties which were hosted by Savio Col­lege, MITA’s team met with stu- dents com­ing from Stella Maris School of Gzira and from the host­ing school. The event lasted about five hours and was well at­tended by over 100 stu­dents. On the next day, the event was hosted by St Au­gus­tine’s Col­lege in Pi­età, where stu­dents from St Mon­ica’s School of Gzira joined in as well. In this case, there were another 220 stu­dents who par­tic­i­pated in the event.

All ac­tiv­i­ties con­ducted dur­ing the two days were well re­ceived by both stu­dents and teach­ers. The stu­dents’ en­ergy and en­thu­si­asm was felt by ev­ery­one present; as well as their cu­rios­ity into the sub­ject. The ac­tiv­i­ties were de­signed to al­low the stu­dents to be­come fully im­mersed and en­gaged into the tasks they were work­ing on; and ap­pre­ci­ate the sig­nif­i­cance of cod­ing.

The EU Code Week is an ini­tia­tive which has an aim of pro­mot­ing cod­ing as a means of giv­ing life to ideas, by us­ing a per­son’s creativ­ity and the col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween dif­fer­ent peo­ple from all over the world. This year marked the 4th edi­tion of the EU Code Week and was or­gan­ised be­tween the 15th and the 23rd of Oc­to­ber. Last year, this event at­tracted over half a mil­lion peo­ple across Europe who at­tended to 7,700 cod­ing events in around 46 coun­tries.

For this rea­son and be­cause it forms part of the Dig­i­tal Sin­gle Mar­ket Strat­egy, the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion is sup­port­ing the EU Code Week, while pro­mot­ing dig­i­tal skills such as pro­gram­ming to dif­fer­ent tar­get groups. The idea be­hind th­ese ac­tiv­i­ties is to ex­pose pro­gram­ming to young, adults and el­derly peo­ple and show them how to bring ideas to life with cod­ing.

As tech­nol­ogy is in­creas­ingly shap­ing our lives, it is es­sen­tial that we un­der­stand how it works and how we can use it in our best in­ter­ests at work and leisure. The EU Code Week is in­tended to pro­mote the skills that are re­quired, while help­ing us to be more cre­ative and col­lab­o­ra­tive with other peo­ple who are cre­ative like us.

Jac­quie Cre­mona Crossey, MITA Dig­i­tal Out­reach

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