Year of code

Yesterday at the Skills 2014 Summit,  the Government launched Year of Code, a new campaign to get people coding and interested in computer programming.

Over the next 12 months there will be a number of events to promote this including from March 3- March 9, the hour of code, aiming to get all children coding for at least an hour, this is very similar to the scheme that ran in the United States successfully before Christmas.

In addition, Osborne and Gove detailed a new £500,000 fund today to teach new and existing teachers about computer programming. The £500,000 ring-fenced today will be awarded to businesses who are prepared to match the funding and then use the allocation for projects that train teachers across the UK. Ministers will detail how to bid for the grants later this month. Although this may not seem a lot there are also other resources available:

these include providing the British Computer Society with more than £2million to set up a network of 400 ‘Master Teachers’ to train teachers in other schools and provide resources for use in the classroom. There is also £1.1 million committed to the ‘Computing at School’ project to help train primary teachers already working in the classroom – through online resources and in school workshops. And the government has also increased bursaries for those wanting to become computing teachers. Scholarships of £25,000 – backed by Microsoft, Google, IBM and Facebook – are being offered to computer science teachers.

The overall idea is to equip schools to teach the new computing curriculum to be introduced in September this year. The curriculum was designed with input from the Royal Society of Engineering, and tech industry leaders such as Google and Microsoft. (taken from Tech

You can start your coding adventure by making your own classic Pong game from Kano and Moshi Monsters - you can find the link here



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