EU Code Week starts on 6 October with over 12,000 activities taking place in more than 45 countries. The EU Code Week is a yearly grass-roots movement supported by the European Commission as part of its strategy for a Digital Single Market, that promotes programming and wider tech knowledge, this year with a special focus on schools. More than a million people are expected to participate in the interactive events, including children, parents and teachers. This year, the initiative calls especially on teachers to try out coding and 'tech' related activities in their classroom.

From 6 to 21 October, "EU Code Week" is once more making digital skills and innovation come to life for citizens across Europe and beyond. This year schools of all levels and teachers of all subjects have been especially invited to participate. Teachers are encouraged to give their students a first look into the world of programming and "tech" and to inspire them by incorporating hand-on on-line and off-line activities in their classrooms.

Commissioner Mariya Gabriel said:

'EU Code Week is a remarkable grass-roots initiative where people of all ages can learn about programming, computers and other tech-related activities in an engaging way. My aim is that significantly more schools, pupils and teachers participate and equip themselves with digital skills that are necessary to thrive in an increasingly digitised world.'

 

Code Week website

The Code Week website offers new online and offline activities and invites schools and other organisers to share activities across borders.

Schools are the best placed to give everyone the opportunity to try coding and tech related activities in a light and engaging way. In order to help teachers, the Code Week website is now multilingual and offers hands-on resources to run a coding session in classrooms.

As every year, it also contains the list of all activities with an interactive map to easily navigate through them. Organisers who haven’t yet added their activity – a lesson, workshop, open day, or event – can still register them and pin them to the map. Those who are not sure where to start can for instance watch the videos "Learning bits" that will introduce and explain some of the basic exercises and activities. More  online and offline resources are available to organise activities with or without keyboards and screens.

EU Code Week bustling with activities

Here are highlights from some of the countries involved.

  • The EU Cody Game 2018 is a pan-European interactive webinar on Wednesday 10 October 11.00-12.00 aimed at students aged 8-14 who will engage in collaborative and competitive coding activities.
  • On Saturday 20 October, from 11.00 to 13.00, a “glocal” edition of the Code Hunting Games will be played simultaneously in all the countries and cities with volunteers willing to set-up and manage local instances of the game. The Code Hunting game is based on a classic “treasure hunt” scheme, in which teams of players compete against each other reaching locations and solving coding puzzles as fast as they can.
  • In Austria, the Codeweek ParkTour will take place for the second time in Vienna on Monday 8 October. In an Open Air Coding Event, different partners offer free coding and robotic workshops for young people from about 7 to 17 years. It is organised by the Austrian Codeweek Team in cooperation with the City government’s professional youth coordination agency.
  • In Belgium, the European Commission and BeCentral will host a panel debate on the challenges and opportunities of bringing coding and tech related activities to schools. European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel will be the keynote speaker and she will also meet Belgian pupils who will take part in workshops on coding and algorithmic thinking.
  • In Bulgaria a music hackathon will take place 9-11 October. It will bring together programmers, coders, musicians, artists, scientists, composers and other who love music and technology to innovate together.
  • A first of its kind Computing Museum opens its doors in Cyprus during EU Code Week where you can join guided tours of the history of the computer and take part in hands-on coding activities at the museum's Maker:Space.
  • In France, the MuseomixLIM and the Limoges Resistance Museum have teamed up to create a familial escape room from 7 to 99 years old. As a resistant, you accept a sabotage mission. The scenario helps you to visit the museum in quest for clues and proposes to solve puzzles based on discovering and practicing various computer science activities (cryptography, binary number system, algorithms with Thymio and Makey-Makey).
  • In Ireland, a MegaDojo is being held on Saturday 13 October across six 3rd Level institutions in Ireland (Limerick, Maynooth, Tralee, Letterkenny, Dundalk and Cork) with places for over 5,000 kids learning to code websites, games and IOT Technology. They will be holding cool technology talks alongside the workshops to keep the kids and parents both entertained and informed about technology.
  • In Latvia, a programming game devoted to Latvia's centenary has been launched in time for EU Code Week. The game is free of charge and open to everyone who wants to get acquainted with the basics of programming and at the same time renew knowledge of the events and famous personalities of Latvia's history.
  • In Malta, a robotics and coding seminar for teachers and school leavers will take place on Friday 19 October. It will include discussions and hands-on activities which will put into practice computational thinking.
  • In Romania, the IT & hope for kids with autism workshop will take place on Saturday 13 October. It aims to promote the equal opportunities, interactive learning with the help of technology, social interaction and integration of children with autism. 
  • In Sweden, the Internet Foundation has challenged all Swedish teachers to take part in EU Code Week! For every pupil that uses the Foundation’s free lesson plans for programming in the classroom, available for both beginners and experienced teachers, it will donate 5 SEK (about 0.5 euro) to Unicef.

In the recent years many countries outside the EU have joined or even replicated the initiative:

  • In Albania, Let’s try to code with our children workshop will take place on Saturday 13 October. In the first part university professors will offer lessons for parent and children to code together the preferred game. In the second part parents will learn how they can protect their children and how to guide them to be safe online. 
  • In Bosnia and Herzegovina, there will be a one-day workshop on Friday 19 October for children without parental care and children of the Roma population who will learn how to develop animations and games.
  • In Moldova, GirlsGoIT ambassadors are bringing Code Week in their classrooms, in five regions from 12-19 October.
  • In Turkey, the KodlaManisa Project has challenged all elementary school students and teachers to take part in EU Code Week in Manisa/Turkey. They want to reach almost 110.000 students and 3.000 teachers on Monday 8 October. KodlaManisa offers coding workshop places, teacher training opportunities for students and teachers. 
  • EU Code Week has also sailed across the Atlantic to the US! In California, students as young as 5 years old and up to age 13 will participate in CodeWeek, using Code.org and programming in Scratch between 8 and 12 October!

For more background information read Code Week: Bringing coding to schools in Europe