For a third successive year Festival of Code proved to be a huge success. The ethos of the event has always been ‘learn by doing’ and for four days between Monday 24th - Thursday 27th July children aged 8 - 16 developed computer games, built websites, created electronic music and
The children directed their own learning supported by industry mentors who helped teach the participants new concepts and syntax and encourage the children to challenge themselves. Mentors provided support when the work became hard or frustrating and were always on hand for important bug fixing. In addition drop-in workshops looking at electronics, UX and advanced Scratch development were offered for those children who wanted to try something a little different. The event culminated on Thursday afternoon with an opportunity to showcase what the children had built to parents, mentors and expert judges from Google and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
A completely different way of learning
For many of the participants Festival of Code provided a unique opportunity to experience a completely different way of learning, one that was driven by their own motivations and interest and at their own pace. The event also provided the opportunity for children to gain confidence working alongside adults and learn more about possible careers in the fields of engineering and technology. By working together and sharing knowledge, participants validated their digital skills, learnt about teamwork and communication, and built on the friendships made last year.
Festival of Code is run entirely by volunteers. 25 mentors took part for at least one day and 9 had been involved in previous events. Some of the mentors took unpaid leave or holiday to attend while others had the support of their companies such as TransferWise, Google, Gamify, O’Reilly Media and the University of East London. We are also grateful to the support of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, CoderDojo, Rich Mix and Rocket Lawyer for helping us recruit mentors. Workshops were provided for free by ANDDigital, Helen Steer and Neill Bogie.
Photo Credits: LBTH