Become cool with code at festival

2016-10-19 16:41
Enjoying an exhibit at the free-entry Festival of Code day that was hosted this past Saturday are, from left, Nawaal Levy, Abdul-Jawad Levy, Kauthar Solomon, Tharwa Levy, Aabied Levy and Zayaan Levy from Grassy Park.

Enjoying an exhibit at the free-entry Festival of Code day that was hosted this past Saturday are, from left, Nawaal Levy, Abdul-Jawad Levy, Kauthar Solomon, Tharwa Levy, Aabied Levy and Zayaan Levy from Grassy Park. (Gary van Dyk)

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It’s all about coding at the Cape Town Science Centre this week as Africa Code Week is in full swing.

The award winning continent-wide digital literacy initiative is celebrated at the Observatory-based facility with a wide variety of free coding workshops and other related activities for all ages until Sunday.

As part of this week’s activities the centre hosts a free-entry Festival of Code day on Saturday as well as free “after-school” coding workshops every afternoon until Friday.

“We know that coding is a critical 21st century skill that is easily learnt and loads of fun,” says Julie Cleverdon, director of the Cape Town Science Centre and the global coordinator of ACW.

“Coding is a new language. ‘Every child deserves to be fluent’ is the motto of Africa Code Week and that’s why the centre is endeavouring to make as many relevant activities in this week accessible to everyone.

“We are grateful for the support from both Woolworths Financial Services and the police for making this possible at our centre.”

Activities include coding, data story-telling and robotic workshops; talks from some of the most talented and inspiring young coders in Cape Town and a host of other activities in addition to the opportunity to interact with the many hands-on exhibits in the Cape Town Science Centre.

In addition to the centre’s efforts, other Cape Town organisations have embraced the initiative and are set to create a “coding buzz” by organising a host of coding activities across the city.

To learn more about the activities for the festival visit http://ctsc.org.za/festival-of-code-africa-code-week-free-entry/ or call the Cape Town Science Centre on 021 300 3200.

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