14 Sep

Celebrating National Coding Week 

National Coding Week kicks off September 14th-20th, 2023, and it’s a fun and engaging time to learn more about coding, digital literacy, and improving digital skills. The goal of National Coding Week is to foster digital learning for children and adults. This week encourages the development of coding skills, something increasingly essential for bridging the skills gap in the United States. In fact, 58% of job vacancies in the digital industry require coding skills, according to Gitnux, further proving that having coding skills can give you an advantage in finding exciting career opportunities in the digital field. 

History of National Coding Week 

National Coding Week first launched in 2014 in the UK. It was founded by Jordan Love, a tech entrepreneur, and Richard Rolfe, a former headteacher. Their inspiration came from personal experience in training unemployed adults with coding skills that helped them find employment.  

What is Coding? 

Coding is the process of writing instructions for a computer to follow. It involves using programming languages like Python, JavaScript, HTML or CSS, to create programs, websites, and apps. A programmer creates a precise code that acts as instructions for a computer to follow and performs tasks you want it to do. Coding requires logical thinking, problem-solving skills, and attention to detail.  

Coding is used in many fields such as software development, web development, mobile app development, database administration, video games, and robotics.  

Coding and Robotics 

Just like a computer following its code to perform a task, creating code in robotics is the same idea. In robotics, students determine the task they want to complete through a robot, then design the code to instruct the robot, and finally send it to the robot to test and view the outcome. Through coding, robots can interact with its environment, make decisions, and perform complex actions.  

Robotics is an exciting field with fun opportunities such as school programs, national conventions and conferences, and competitions. The K12 Robotics League launches on September 25th,2023 and is open to all students in grades 3rd – 12th. Learn more about the K12 Robotics League and how to enter by registering here.  

Ways to Celebrate National Coding Week 

Now that know more about coding and National Coding Week, let’s jump into different ways you can celebrate National Coding Week! 

  1. Take An Online Coding Class 

Coding may appear intimidating at first, but not to worry, there are plenty of online resources to get you started with coding. Free Code Camp is a website where you can learn to code, earn certificates in coding, and work on coding projects. If you are just starting out and want to learn to Java, Learn Java Online can help you understand the basics of Jave and while letting you practice on their webpage. Finally, online course platforms such as Udemy, Coursera, and LinkedIn Learning offer a variety of coding classes for different skill levels to help start your coding journey.  

  1. Participate In a Hackathon 

A hackathon is an event where individuals or teams collaborate intensively on software projects, such as coding or AI tools. Participating in a hackathon is a fantastic opportunity to engage in collaborative problem-solving with like-minded individuals. It allows you to showcase your skills, learn from others, and potentially create innovative solutions. Hackathons challenge participants to think creatively and work efficiently, fostering personal and professional growth in a supportive environment. 

  1. Celebrate Kids and Coding 

Introducing children to coding early can help them develop valuable skills like logical thinking, creativity, problem solving, and even teamwork. You can introduce coding to kids through fun platforms such as Scratch or Tynker, which introduces coding through play like games and interactive stories. Another great way for kids to get into coding is through hands-on gadgets such as LEGO Mindstorm , programable toys with functions to dance, fight, and play sports. Celebrating kids and coding for National Coding Week could be the perfect opportunity to inspire the next generation of tech enthusiasts. 

National Coding Week launches September 14th, 2023 and a great opportunity to celebrate all things code, learn about the skills gap in the United States, introduce kids to coding, and to improve our own digital skills. You can celebrate National Coding Week by taking a coding class, participating in a hackathon, and introducing kids to coding. How will you celebrate National Coding Week? Remember, in the world of coding, there’s always a ‘byte’ of fun waiting for you!