Since 2013, EU Code Week has attracted a large number of participants and promoted coding to a young target group.
This October sees the launch of Africa Code Week with an exciting series of events happening across Africa and the EU with the
aim of introducing children and teenagers to the world of coding. EU Code Week started with a grass-root movement run by volunteers who promote coding in their countries as Code Week Ambassadors throughout Europe. In 2014, over 150,000 people took part across the EU. In Africa, less than 1% of children leave school with basic coding skills and to help increase this rate and prepare children for their future careers, a number of organizations, including SAP, have joined together to deliver Africa Code Week. This year, in addition to on-site events and to bring knowledge even further, we’re bringing Africa Code Week and EU Code Week to openSAP throughout the entire month of October!
Starting October 1, there will be two courses available to teach coding to children and teenagers from age 8-17 years old, in both English and French. The courses will teach children to code with the free MIT program, Scratch. With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.
The courses are divided into two age groups:
Teaching Programming to Young Learners (Enseigner la programmation aux enfants) is aimed at teachers, parents, and guardians of children aged 8-11 to enable adults to support children during their coding journey.
If you don’t have good internet connection or access to the internet at all times, then simply download the Scratch system and the openSAP course videos so you can access them and complete the course offline.
All courses are now open for enrollment and available completely free of charge. All you need to sign up is a valid email address and the motivation to learn to code! The courses begin on October 1 and learners will have until October 31 to earn a Record of Achievement and take part in the discussion forums.
Teaching Programming to Young Learners was available in June on openSAP and attracted over 2,500 learners with users sharing their experiences in the I like, I wish forum (login to read)
Both my kids (6 and 8) and I liked this course. They kept hanging around when
I watched the videos and have already started playing in the program and love what they can create.
This course helps kids to enjoy and makes it very interesting for them to learn programming.
Very nice. Thanks Brendan Smith for making it look so simple easy and also illustrating
us with simple examples. Thanks once again. Looking for forward for
more such programming courses in future.
Thanks for a fun introduction to a wonderful learning tool set! Well done!
Hello Brendan, my 13 years old son and me really enjoyed your excellent, informative
and fascinating course. Now my son is keen on teaching scratch to his friends…
I really liked the course and think that Scratch is a great children programming language.
My children (8 and 10 years of age) really enjoy “working” with it. It offers so many possibilities.
The lecturer is very professional and nice to listen to.
I looked at this course because I have two small children, and because I code using “grown-ups’ languages” in the daytime. Very nice way for kids (and non-kids scared or confused by computer speak) to learn programming, this Scratch. And good presentations also. Thanks for this.
Love the show & tell approach! I was setup and experimenting within an hour because you showed me rather than lectured to me! I’ve experimented with programming languages before, but never have I seen the building blocks introduced on such a fun platform!
I like that the course is/was available for several weeks with all material available the whole time. I could easily squeeze it into my family time. I like that I could download the whole material. I like scratch due to the brick style and the possibility to switch to other languages. I like to see and learn from the other uploaded exercises: how many different ideas!
Thanks a lot for the effort you put into creating this course. My 11 year old nephew discovered a whole new world of programming and is now proud owner of his first openSAP certificate. While the lessons were quite easy to follow I had to help him a little understanding some of the final exam questions (German is his mother tongue) but together it was a great experience.