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Bradford is celebrating EU Code Week with a range of activities across the district.

EU Code Week runs from Monday, 9 October to Friday, 20 October.

Partners involved are Council libraries, the National Science and Media Museum, University of Bradford, Bradford, Shipley and Keighley Colleges, Digital Catapult Centre Yorkshire, Exa Networks, British Computing Society, Libraries and the Council’s Curriculum Innovation Centre

The week aims to bring coding and digital literacy to everybody in a fun and engaging way. It is hoped to use learning code to inspire young people to learn digital skills, to create the talent needed to support the jobs and the digital economy of the future.

It’s also about creating opportunities for adults and families to learn basic digital skills together to build confidence in using the internet in an increasingly digital age. There will be opportunities to continue to learn and improve their coding and digital knowledge in regular code clubs around the District including libraries.

The events will be open to all and no experience is necessary. Activities are easy to follow and fun to appeal to everyone. Some sessions are aimed at schools, some at adults while others are for families:

Exa Foundation will run a Family Hack Jam after school in Green Lane Primary and a Minecraft Hack Jam for secondary school age children and families at Exa Education

The National Science and Media Museum is inviting families to get involved in coding a story controlled by the audience

Bradford College is putting on range of Raspberry Pi and coding activities for school children.

Digital Catapult Centre Yorkshire is collaborating with the British Computing Society in a BBC Micro:bit activity making robots family session in the Digital Exchange.

Shipley College are putting on three events; a taster in developing websites using wordpress, a knit, natter and ravelry session which will explore the similarities of knitting and coding for the crafting community and a coding session for parents and carers so they can support children with homework.

Fab Lab Airedale and the Star Centre at Keighley College will offer a retro code afternoon, dusting off some Commodore 64’s, ZX Spectrums and some 1980’s coding magazines

To find out more and book events please go to EU Code Week website http://events.codeweek.eu/ or enquire with libraries.

Coun Imran Khan, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Education, Employment and Skills, said: “This week is a chance for people to be inspired and get creative with digital and develop core skills in science, technology and engineering. It is open for people of all ages to develop skills to help us adapt to the advances in technology.”

Mark Cowgill, co-founder and Director Exa Networks, said: “EU Code Week provides a great opportunity for organisation across the Bradford district to work together to promote digital making skills to young people and to engage the family unit as a whole. By hosting family activities we aim to help develop a suitable home environment to help nurture the digital talent of the future.”

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