EU Code Week continues to grow year-on-year and reached over 66 000 registered activities in 2019 – the highest number ever. Thousands of teachers, librarians, tech enthusiasts, coding clubs and companies organised activities, giving millions of people from around the world the opportunity to experiment with coding in a fun and engaging way.
EU Code Week participants learned how to make commands to robots, discover basic programming in different languages and improve their skills to use digital technology. Roughly 89% of the activities were organised in schools, 4% by non-profit organisations and 4% by companies.
Of the EU, Western Balkans and EU Candidate countries, preliminary data shows that Montenegro (214), Portugal (652), North Macedonia (424), Austria (131), Poland (15 168), Finland (132), Turkey (20 113), Belgium (259) and Romania (1 297), Bosnia and Herzegovina (97), Malta (448), Greece (833), Cyprus (71) and Kosovo (13) more than doubled their activities compared to 2018.
Organisers are encouraged to continue to take advantage of the wealth of resources and training modules with ready-to-use lesson plans that are available on the redesigned EU Code Week website in 29 languages. Teachers can join the dedicated Facebook group to learn from more than 9,000 peers on how to bring EU Code Week to the classroom.
It is also possible to add activities and take part in the Code Week 4 All challenge that helps activity organisers connect and share experiences and learning materials across borders until the end of the year.
The EU Code Week community has grown significantly in 2019. Over 4 000 people participated in the EU Code Week Deep Dive online course. Teachers and educators can still use the materials from this course to bring coding and computational thinking to their students. Moreover, selected teachers took an intensive one week EU Code Week Pilot Summer School in July 2019. Similar and new activities will also be available in 2020.
In 2020 EU Code Week will take place from 10 to 25 October. For more information on EU Code Week and how to get involved, please visit the website.