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Coding the future- are you ready?

Bec Spink, Co-Founder / Director, Code the Future

August 20, 2015

The Intel Education Team were fortunate to meet ‘Code the Future’ Co-Founder Bec Spink at a recent Intel Galileo Workshop. Inspired by her work, we asked if she could write a guest blog post for the Innovation ToolBox . Take it away Bec!

The Intel Education Team were fortunate to meet ‘Code the Future’ Co-Founder Bec Spink at a recent Intel Galileo Workshop. Inspired by her work, we asked if she could write a guest blog post for the Innovation ToolBox on the importance of coding and how ‘Coding the Future’ can assist students and teachers get a leg up. Take it away Bec!

Coding the future- are you ready?

Bec Spink, Co-Founder / Director, Code the Future

There is nothing more valuable to student learning than providing real world, authentic experiences for the classroom. Being able to connect, collaborate and learn from those in the technology industry is one such experience that you can now bring to your classroom. Code the Future Ltd is a not for profit organisation that is doing just this, working across the country to place volunteer developers in schools to teach kids how to code.

We know that today’s students live in a technology saturated world. Technology is transforming education as we know it but while many students often know how to use technology, they rarely understand how it works.

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Code the Future wants to move students from merely consumers of technology to creators and producers, we want to equip future generations with the skills to not only use technology but to make it work for them. We connect core stake holders, getting developers into schools collaborating and working side by side with students and educators.

With hundreds of educators and developers signed up, a Code the Future project is bound to pop up in a school near you. The projects vary depending on student needs and interests as well as developer experience. Currently there are volunteers helping out with lunch time code clubs, developing maker spaces, game making and app development. Some projects happen as part of planned classroom experiences, others as extra curricular options for students. What’s great about Code the Future is that there are no prerequisites or rules about the projects. If you can think it, Code the Future will work to match a volunteer to your project.

One project currently underway at Aitken Creek Primary School in the northern suburbs of Melbourne has students in years five and six using Intel Galileo boards to design and create their own projects. A classroom monitoring system that measures temperature and an encryption machine that allows users to send and receive ‘secret’ messages being just some of the innovative ideas that students are exploring.

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Another project that has been running since the beginning of the year with keen students is a lunch time code club at Clifton Hill Primary School that runs weekly with Volunteer David. Throughout this project students have used Scratch to develop their own games and have extended their programming knowledge using Bitsbox. This has allowed them to learn a modified version of Javascript to create their own games that can be shared and played on smartphones, tablets and computers.

Giving students these opportunities- no matter their age will change how we view coding and computer science education as we know it. The time is now. Let’s start coding the future!

It’s really simple to get involved, if you’re an educator-

  1. Sign up at codefuture.org
  2. Submit a project here
  3. Code the Future will work to find a volunteer developer in the locality of your school
  4. Once a volunteer is interested they’ll be connected with you
  5. You and the developer collaborate on and organise the project, considering time available and resources needed.
  6. Begin project and start coding the future

Code the Future has partnered with some content providers and are able to help out with resources for both primary and high school projects.

If you have any questions please contact bec@codefuture.org

If you have an inspiring story to tell like Bec and Code the Future, make sure you get in touch with the Intel Education Australia Team. educationaus@intel.com