Lighthouse Labs and Kids Code Jeunesse launch program to help teachers learn to code

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Coding bootcamp Lighthouse Labs and Kids Code Jeunesse have partnered to launch Code Create Tech, a national campaign to give teachers the computational skills to teach coding.

Running from April to December 2018, Code Create Tech will take coding workshops into all Canadian territories twice. The goal of the workshops is to give teachers the necessary knowledge to teach coding in the classroom and promote digital literacy. During the program, each teacher will receive a free classroom kit of micro:bits, a tiny programmable microcontroller designed to make learning more accessible.

Over the past two years, Lighthouse Labs and Kids Code Jeunesse have already delivered 24 days of workshops to 250 teachers in six regions of BC as part of a contract with the provincial government.

“In our workshops in British Columbia and across the country, we have met so many teachers who were willing to meet the challenge of bringing code into the classroom,” said Juliet Waters, senior director of education at Kids Code Jeunesse. “We have been blown away by their dedication to ensure that their students have the 21st century skills they need. We are very much looking forward to further supporting teachers with Code Create Teach; and continuing to help them build their confidence and communities of practice.”

Kids Code Jeunesse was among the organizations that received a $6 million grant from the federal government’s $50 million CanCode initiative in January.

For more information, see the official website.

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Jessica Galang

Jessica Galang

Freelance tech writer. Former BetaKit News Editor.

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