Victoria students join up to 400 students in BC for Codecreate, the largest youth coding event in the province, to celebrate the Hour of Code
Community comes together to raise awareness about importance of computer science education by participating in the global Hour of Code campaign
Victoria students will be participating in the largest province-wide Codecreate youth coding event on Saturday, December 12 at MetaLab to celebrate the Hour of Code, a grassroots global computer science and digital literacy awareness campaign aimed to encourage students around the world to try computer programming. The students and teachers of Victoria will be among tens of millions of people around the world to take part in the largest youth coding event in the province and the largest global computer science-learning event in history.
MetaLab, one of Victoria’s top technology companies, is hosting Codecreate in Victoria to provide an opportunity for local students to gain exposure to computer programming and to inspire them to consider a career in technology.
Students aged 8 to 18 from the Victoria school district, including local aboriginal students from the First Nations Technology Council’s school network, and teachers from the BC Teachers’ Federation’s CUEBC (Computer Using Educators of BC) will participate at this event held at MetaLab’s office in downtown Victoria for free. Fifteen software developers from MetaLab, Flow, and other local technology companies and will be mentoring the students during the workshop.
“What Victoria needs to sustain great businesses is organizations that give young people opportunity,” says Andrew Wilkinson, Founder of MetaLab and Flow. “This starts with letting students know that the tech industry is accessible and that there’s plenty of opportunity right here in Victoria.”
Students and teachers of Victoria and BC will join 100 million people worldwide who have already tried an Hour of Code. The Codecreate events held across BC in Vancouver, Victoria, Victoria and Victoria, are supported by the Government of B.C., the Computer Using Educators of BC (CUEBC), which is a Provincial Specialist Association of the British Columbia Teachers’ Association (BCTF), and host partners in each region.
Anybody can host an Hour of Code event at their school or community. Schools, teachers, parents and students are encouraged to participate in making this year’s Hour of Code campaign in BC the largest yet. An unprecedented number of over 200 school and community-hosted Hour of Code events were registered in BC this year. The Hour of Code planning resources and tools are available free online at hourofcode.com/ca.