Building on the successful US initiative Hour of Code, which encourages people of all ages to dedicate an hour of their time to learning coding basics, the Kuato ‘100 Hours of Code’ scheme is aimed at helping UK school pupils develop coding skills through engaging gameplay.
Coding is high on the UK education agenda with a shift towards including it on the curriculum coming into effect from September 2014. Ahead of this change, Kuato is urging IT teachers, and others from Primary and Secondary education, to register their interest in a class taster via the dedicated form, available here: https://bit.ly/100hoursofcode
The first session will take place on Monday 10th February at Mossbourne Community Academy in Hackney with a class of year 10 pupils. Mr Peter Hughes, Headteacher at Mossbourne, explained; “With the new Computer Science curriculum imminent, we are very keen to get our students excited about learning to programme. Many of them already have an interest in tech and most are casual gamers via their smartphones and tablets. By inviting Kuato in to run this session we are hoping to show the students how they can learn new skills while having fun.”
Chief Learning Architect at Kuato Studios and Pearson/Guardian Teacher of the Year, David Miller, added: “Our mission is to develop games that help students to learn in new and engaging ways. Learning to programme unlocks whole new spheres of creativity for young people. We wanted to create a fun way for school students to get involved in learning a new skill, one that could ultimately help them in future careers.’
The initiative is open to all middle and secondary schools across the UK as well as educational organisations. To register your interest in having the Kuato team come to your school or organisation please click here and complete the short form. You can also follow the initiative using the #100hoursofcode hashtag on Twitter.