Organise Your Own Activity with #CodeWeek
What is EU Code Week?
EU Code Week is a grass-roots movement run by volunteers and supported by the European Commission. Anyone – schools, teachers, libraries, code clubs, businesses, public authorities – can organise a #CodeWeek activity and add it to the codeweek.eu map.
What do you need in order to organise an activity?
- A group of people willing to learn. For example, your friends, kids, teenagers, adults colleagues, friends, parents or grandparents. Remember, two is a group already!
- Teachers or trainers who are familiar with the coding activity, and how to teach and inspire others. The number depends on the type and size of the event.
- A place to learn. Classrooms, libraries, conference rooms and various public spaces all make a great event venue.
- Computers and internet connection. Depending on your target group, you might ask participants to bring their own laptops.
- Coding unplugged. You actually don't need computers and internet connection to learn computational thinking. Take a look at our Unplugged learning bit to get started.
- Learning materials. Show participants how fun it can be to create something on their own. Check out our resources page and learning bits with video tutorials and lesson plans, and adjust them to your group's needs.
- Register participants. If you have limited space available, you can use online tools such as Google forms and Eventbrite to register participants.
- Remember to pin your activity on the Code Week map!
How to organise your activity?
- The format of your coding event is up to you, but we do recommend that you include some practical, hands-on time, where participants can create on their own and/or tinker with some hardware.
- Make use of tools and technologies appropriate to your target group. We recommend using freely available open source material.
- Encourage participants to show and present what they have created to each other at the end of your event.
- Spread the news! Promote and share what you did during your activity on social media by using the #CodeWeek hashtag. You can also share on the EU Code Week Teacher’s group and on Twitter (@CodeWeekEU). Talk to your friends, fellow educators, the local press, and make a press release.
- Don't forget to add your activity on the Code Week map!
Check out our blog for latest information and feel free to adapt the most recent press release to your needs, or create your own:
- Getting ready for EU Code Week 2019: new online course for teachers, an extended repository of handy materials and a revamped website
- Gearing up to celebrate EU Code Week 2019 (available in 29 languages)
Download the following toolkits to help you get started:
If you have questions about organising and promoting your #CodeWeek event, get in touch with one of the EU Code Week Ambassadors from your country.