Growing up in the early age of computer desktops and dial-up internet, I had an increasing interest in computers and the programming behind them. All through high school I knew that I would end up with a career in computer sciences in one way or another, even pursuing Computer System Analyst training at a local college. Computers have come a long way since the days of turtle-driven connections and basic code. Just mention Minecraft and any teen will tell you there is so much more to a career in computer sciences in this generation.
I’m amazed at how much kids today know about computers and technology. If my 2 year old can operate a tablet better than my in-laws, you know the generational difference has evolved drastically. We live in a world today where computer technology is only set to advance to levels where they will lead job requirements and I know for one, I want my kids to succeed in their future adult environments.
From December 7th to 13th, Microsoft Canada is celebrating Computer Science Education Week with the #CodeGeneration campaign and I’m challenging you to get your kids involved to learn to code for their future. It’s never been a better time for your teens to learn skills for the future, with free online coding challenges, in-store “Hour of Code” sessions and a partnership with Code.org, students and educators will be offered a Minecraft coding tutorial.
Reminder: Anyone can learn to code; the power to create technology is at our fingertips and Microsoft is challenging you to educate yourself, your students or your kids.
What is the “Hour of Code”?
- “Hour of Code” is a global movement launched by code.org and supported by Microsoft reaching tens of millions of students in over 180 countries.
- Globally, over 100 million students have completed an Hour of Code
- Students as young as four years old are taking part and getting started with the basics of coding and computer science
- #CodeGeneration will end Computer Science Education Week with a bang on Sunday, December 13 by hosting “Hour of Code” coding workshops for students in Microsoft Stores nationwide
Watch this video to encourage & inspire!
Why This Is Important:
- By 2019, the projected skills gap in the Canadian IT sector is expected to be 182,000 jobs
- Today, 1 in 4 of Canada’s working poor are youth
- Youth unemployment in Canada is at an all-time high
- Learning to code is a fun way for students to explore a future in computer sciences while preparing to meet the needs of an evolving knowledge-based economy
- Microsoft’s #CodeGeneration campaign aims to lay the foundation for students who chose to pursue a career in computer sciences
In Person“Hour of Code” Coding Workshops
- Who – Students between the ages of 13 and 18
- What – In-store “Hour of Code” sessions
- When – Sunday, December 13 2015 (all local time zones)
- Session 1: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
- Session 2: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
- Session 3: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Where – Microsoft Stores nationwide:
- Calgary, Chinook Centre
- Edmonton, West Edmonton Mall
- Burnaby, Metropolis at Metrotown
- Vancouver, Pacific Centre
- Mississauga, Square One Shopping Centre
- Toronto, Eaton Centre
- Toronto, Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Join Me in the “Hour of Code” Challenge
Join me and my teens on Sunday, December 13th where Canadian students nationwide will participate in #CodeGeneration with Minecraft-themed coding challenges hosted by Microsoft Canada. Parents, encourage your teens to participate to benefit their future and register online at http://www.microsoft.ca/codeoff.
Let’s join the rest of the world in an #Hour of Code” challenge and be added to the map below.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own.