Opportunity to learn the language of the future

2015-06-02 06:00

Ever wanted to list “coding” as a skill you have mastered?

Africa Code Week is a one-of-kind educational initiative that will be piloted at the Cape Town Science Centre from Saturday to Thursday next week.

The event will provide an opportunity for free workshops for educators and free coding (computer programming) workshops for children between the ages of 8 and 11 years.

Coding is the literacy of the digital age and the best way for young children to become fluent is to learn and play. While technology is transforming education and learners learn how to use it, the reality is that they rarely learn how it works. As a language coding helps make sense of how things work, explores ideas and how to make things. Every interaction between humans and computers is governed by code. Programming is therefore fundamental to the understanding of how technology works.

“Importantly, coding contributes to developing key skills in mathematics and problem-solving in the classroom environment. It also encourages teamwork and analytical thinking, all essential 21st century skills for our youth,” says Julie Cleverdon, director of the Science Centre.

In preparation for Africa Code Week, the Centre is calling on all teachers, parents, students, businesses, NGOs and educational institutions to take up the opportunity for free workshops, which will prepare them to implement coding classes for children.

The train-the-trainer workshop is two hours long and will take place on Saturday and Sunday at the Science Centre. Free one-hour coding workshops for children will take place between 1 and 4 June.

For more information call Leigh on 079 258 9611 or 021 300 3200.

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To register for both the train-the-trainer workshop and the coding classes for children visit www.ctsc.org.za/africacodeweek

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