Why coding?

CODE4FUN Students Solving Today’s Problem Through Coding and Technology

Kids from as young as six have started shaping our world with technology,
and they’re loving it.

The 2018 CODE4FUN Winter Coding Challenge proves the next generation
of children are leading the way out of the classroom and creating their own
bright future.

This year’s coding challenge was My First Business App Prototype, a challenge
designed to introduce students to the world of startups, and encourage them to
think as entrepreneurs and change-makers. After months of hard work, 212
students from 26 schools across Sydney submitted their business app
prototypes. This year’s impressive creations included virtual retail stores,
games, time management apps and even a digital wallet to manage cryptocurrency.

The challenge was won by three students – Ava McCann from Wenona School
in North Sydney won with her time management app. Sophia Gionis from
Maroubra Junction Public School won for her virtual cupcake store, and Oliver
Bone from Birchgrove Public School also won for his gaming app. The three
winners each took home a laptop and the top 30 coding students were invited for
an exclusive tour of Australia’s Google Headquarters.

“I love the freedom of coding,” says 11-year-old Ava, who has been attending
CODE4FUN Programming School for three years. “You can do whatever you
like, make whatever you like, be whoever you like!”
“Coding is the most important skill you can have at the moment,” Ava says. “Just
about every job in the future is going to involve coding.”

Coding is increasingly being seen as the ‘4th literacy’ that can be applied to any
industry. As Australia transitions to a knowledge and ideas economy, giving kids
confidence and knowledge through programs like CODE4FUN is an essential
and important part of equipping them with the skills they need for the jobs of the
future. According to the Digital Careers organisation, students need experience
and skills in computational thinking and computer programming (coding), to be
successful in their future careers.

“I’d love to work with tech and software when I’m older, or maybe become an
architect,” says 12-year-old Sophia. “The things I learn through coding classes
can help me in whatever job I decide to do.”

Co-Founder and Director of CODE4FUN, Grigory Punanov says, “CODE4FUN
challenges are designed to get the kids thinking differently. They test their ability
to be creative and inventive, to build business ideas that solve real-world
problems. We are so proud of the prototypes submitted by our students and
would love to see even more kids channelling their passion and energy for
technology into ideas that can change the world!”

About CODE4FUN
One of Sydney’s first coding schools for kids, CODE4FUN has been giving kids
from as young as six the opportunity to express innovative thinking and creativity
by building games, stories and apps. Working with schools and education centres,
CODE4FUN offers coding courses in over 28 locations across Sydney.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CODE4FUN Students Visit Google Australia

Last Thursday the top 30 students of the CODE4FUN Winter Coding Challenge went on an exclusive tour of one of the world’s most innovative companies – Google.

Google was founded in 1998 and from the beginning, their goal has been to develop services that significantly improve the lives of as many people as possible. Not just some. For everyone.

Google’s Mission Statement: Organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.

With their Australian headquarters located in Pyrmont, we started the day with a fun group photo and were then taken inside their office for an engaging Q&A session with some Google employees (known as “Googlers”). Students were given the opportunity to ask lots of questions to the Googlers who shared their passion and excitement for tackling the hard problems in technology.

The students were then taken on a guided tour across three incredible levels of Google HQ. The space is edgy, fun and colourful, and designed to foster a culture of creativity and collaboration.

We took an eye-opening look inside the Google Makers Space where Googlers can experiment with gadgets and tools and possibly invent the next Google product used by millions of people around the world! With cafes, free food, chill-out zones, gaming rooms, a Lego play area and even a rock-climbing wall, it’s easy to see why Google is regarded as one of the best places to work in the world.

Congratulations once again to the top 30 students. We hope you enjoyed the visit and were inspired to continue exploring the wonderful world of coding and technology.

Check out some of the photos from the day below.

We will be announcing the details of the Christmas Coding Challenge in early September. We invite all our students to participate in the next challenge for their chance to win fantastic prizes, visit a leading technology company and of course, learn and have lots of fun along the way!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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