EU Code Week (Or fortnight🤔) is back this month, October 7th – 22nd as it continues the mission to mainstream coding, computational thinking, and digital literacy among young people across Europe and beyond. From humble beginnings in 2013 this annual event has grown exponentially with last years 10th iteration seeing 78 thousand events registered and 3.4 million participants in 80 countries.
This year’s event promises more of the same with plenty of activities for everybody, including primary and second-level students and teachers. It even includes activities for pre-school children that can be run unplugged and do not require any digital tech.
To start your Code Week journey visit the interactive map and browse to see the activities in your area. Currently there are 47 events listed for Ireland, North and South, a number that will inevitable grow before next week…
A series of Podcasts are also available onsite on discussing a wide range of topics such as the metaverse, cybersecurity and the benefits and risks AI and coding can bring to teaching. There are also free online training courses for teachers and anyone that is new to coding and Europe-wide Hackathons.
EU Code Week is a grassroots movement that aims to bring coding and digital literacy to everyone in a fun and engaging way.
While the next two weeks are designated as Code Week, CW is an all year initiative with lots of activities to help children get ahead in coding, computational thinking and the application of digital skills in STE(A)M areas throughout the year.
Code Week is run by an international network of volunteers represented by Code Week ambassadors, teachers and representatives from ministries or other education authorities from all participating countries, who devote their time, energy, and expertise to bring coding and digital skills to as many children, young people, and professionals as possible.
Interested? Here’s what to do…
- Check out activities near you or online on the EU Code Week map.
- Organise your own activity and add it to the EU Code Week map.
- Teachers can hold coding lessons in their schools, organise workshops for colleagues, and invite parents and students to teach each other coding. Free trainings, learning materials and lesson plans are made available on the EU Code Week website to support them. T
- Schools can take part in the CodeWeek4AllChallenge. The challenge is to get as many students involved as possible during Europe Code Week.
- Share your experience on the EU Code Week website and inspire others.
The European Commission supports EU Code Week as part of its strategy for a Digital Single Market. In the Digital Education Action Plan (DEAP)the Commission especially encourages schools to join the initiative.