Cel­e­brate EU Code Week with na­tion­wide events

The Irish Times - Business - - TECHNOLOGY - Marie Bo­ran

EU Code Week, an ini­tia­tive en­cour­ag­ing chil­dren of all ages to ex­er­cise their cre­ativ­ity and prob­lem-solv­ing skills through pro­gram­ming, runs Oc­to­ber 6th-21st.

This vol­un­teer-run move­ment will see thou­sands of events take place and pro­vides free on­line train­ing tools for teach­ers look­ing to get in­volved for the first time. There are 73 dif­fer­ent events tak­ing place around the coun­try, in­clud­ing an in­tro­duc­tory work­shop in Castle­mead­ows, Co Tip­per­ary, for sec­ondary school stu­dents on Mi­cro:bit, a kit for pro­gram­ming ev­ery­thing from robots to mu­si­cal in­stru­ments.

In an en­cour­ag­ing UK im­pact study on Mi­cro:bit, it was found that 70 per cent of fe­male stu­dents said they would choose com­put­ing as a school sub­ject af­ter us­ing the kit.There are also plenty of events for pri­mary school stu­dents, in­clud­ing a se­ries of cod­ing work­shops at Carra­bane Na­tional School, Athenry, which will in­tro­duce stu­dents to Bee­bots, Scratch, Lego WeDo, and Bi­nary Bracelets.

Head to the Code Week web­site to see what events are in your area.

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