Computer Science Week
To assist in meeting our region’s goal to improve digital literacy and prepare our youth for a digital future -- Brilliant Labs is asking schools and communities to celebrate Computer Science week which is taking place from December 9th - 15th. Special events like Canada Learning Code Week and The Hour of Code are taking place in classrooms throughout the region with these events designed to be an easy way for teachers to expose their students to one hour of coding.
Computer programming, or coding, leads to the development of software, mobile apps, websites, video games, robots, hardware, and even self driving cars. Many students are eager to learn how to code, but the majority of teachers aren’t experienced in computer science and aren’t sure where to start. This is where Brilliant Labs, a non-profit educational organization, and organizations like Code.org’s Hour of Code and Canada Learning Code Week can help explains Mr. Jeff Willson, Executive Director of Brilliant Labs.“Computer Science week is extremely important. It’s a great week for teachers and community groups to give youth an opportunity to try coding, which we hope will encourage more digital learning and skills development in the classroom and throughout communities. There are some fantastic coding opportunities to choose from this week. Both Canada Learning Code and The Hour of Code are offering online tutorials to help introduce youth to coding for teachers and students who have never tried before. Teachers and community groups can easily access online sessions at www.hourofcode.com or www.canadalearningcode.ca to give youth a chance to learn computational thinking and coding as they take part in one-hour self guided tutorials. It’s fun for teachers and students. For example tutorials like the Hour Of Code often have popular themes, like MineCraft, StarWars, or Disney’s Frozen, to help engage the students. There are over 200 tutorials available in many different languages and they all offer various degrees of difficulty to answer the needs of all Kindergarten to Grade 12 students. There are also unplugged activities available for those without access to computers. There are more online tools to help youth learn about coding and how to code than ever before and our Brilliant Labs team will be there to help with hands-on activities”
We want Atlantic Canadian students to lead the charge and create homegrown talent that can support our future digital economy and help develop future computer scientists, researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, and inventors! Computer Science week is a great way to introduce students and teachers to coding and hopefully encourage them to keep learning as this will be a significant competitive edge they will need to succeed in the future.” said Mr. Willson.
For more information about the importance of Computer Science Week and coding please contact Jeff Willson.
Brilliant Labs is a not-for-profit, hands-on technology and experiential learning platform based in Atlantic Canada. We support the integration of creativity, innovation, coding, and an entrepreneurial spirit within classrooms and educational curricula.