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Sep 15th 2016

Africa Code Week: Teens Get Coding! (openSAP)

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Today, we’re surrounded by digital technology. When we think about software, we often think of computers for writing email or surfing the internet. But software is everywhere! It’s in many of our household appliances and is used to manufacture many of our products such as our clothes. Maybe you enjoy using software, but why not start creating it for yourself? This course will get you started step-by-step.

Today, we’re surrounded by digital technology. When we think about software, we often think of computers for writing email or surfing the internet. But software is everywhere! It’s in many of our household appliances and is used to manufacture many of our products such as our clothes. Maybe you enjoy using software, but why not start creating it for yourself? You never know where it might lead – you might even end up using your new coding skills in your job one day! And if you’ve never done any programming before – no problem – this is the place to start. All you need is some free time and a bit of curiosity. You’ll be truly astonished at what you can do in next to no time!

The course is based around the popular Scratch system that is capturing the imagination of young people around the globe. If you’re aged between 12 and 17, this course is for you. You need to have access to a computer and access to the internet to download Scratch. You can watch the videos online if you have a good internet connection, but if not, you can download them and watch them offline. You will be working with an offline version of Scratch. Ready to get coding? Who knows, maybe you’ll follow in the footsteps of those who created Facebook, Google and Youtube!

This course was originally offered as part of the Africa Code Week initiative. Now, we’re delighted to offer this also as part of the EU Code Week and the first Refugee Code Week – multiple initiatives aiming to empower today’s youth with skills they’ll need to thrive in the 21st century workforce. This course is offered in addition to hundreds of live events across Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. So wherever you are, and whether you can attend a live event or not, you can still take your first steps towards mastering a fun programming language!