“Computer science is for boys”

“Isn’t it just a bit geeky”

“Code is for gamers trapped in their bedrooms”

Ever heard your young people say something similar? Or maybe you’ve even thought the same…

Well these may be some of the biggest stereotypes but actually, computer science is becoming increasingly popular and more importantly, it’s part of almost everything young people love; fashion, music, food, social media, sport, theatre – even your microwave is powered by code.

It’s also got the backing of many celebs, from musicians, models, comedians, sports stars, presenters, and actors – even a member of Taylor Swift’s squad!

But UK Youth’s Generation Code is more than just learning about code. It’s about inspiring young people in a digital world by using themes that interest them while challenging the perceptions of computer science.

By running Generation Code you have the power to enable young people to take advantage of new digital opportunities in a world where 90% of all jobs require digital skills.

What is Generation Code?

Generation Code is a UK Youth and Youth Cymru programme, run in partnership with Microsoft, to address the lack of skills and interest in computer science in young people.

Using a BBC micro:bit – a cool piece of tech that proves anyone can code – Generation Code allows young people to explore, create and be inspired by computer science.

Generation Code taps into the interests of young people so that regardless of their passion or career aspirations, all young people can feel inspired by technology. Whether they want to be the next big fashion designer, musician or even astronaut, the new programme can be tailored to fit their needs and ensure that coding is relevant to their aspirations.

Who can take part?

So before we get into the different roles, let’s just quash another stereotype – you don’t need any coding experience to take part in any aspect of Generation Code! There are four groups who are involved in Generation Code :

Beneficiaries –

11-19 year olds. These are the young people you’ll be inspiring with your workshops.

Code Champions –

15-25 year olds who will have the opportunity to attend an Inspiration Day and will be trained to lead sessions. They will then lead and deliver Generation Code in their hubs to ensure that young people are at the heart of all delivery.

Code Leaders –

these are generally youth workers who support the Code Champions and are responsible for overseeing targets.

Tech Volunteers –

now these are local experts so probably do have a bit of coding experience! They will be linked to your hub to support Code Leaders and Code Champions.

What’s your role as a delivery hub?

  • Recruit one youth worker and at least 3 Code Champions (aged 15-25)
  • Engage with young people who already attend your club and additional young people in your local community through outreach work (this could be an event or delivering sessions in a different club)
  • Deliver regular training sessions. These can be delivered flexibility to suit your needs, i.e. you could run a one off event or start a regular coding club. The only criteria is that the sessions follow the toolkit and Generation Code curriculum, the  young people from your hub receive at least two hours of training, the additional young people outside your hub receive at least one hour and all delivery.

What will we provide?

  • All the training you need to deliver Generation Code
  • Inspiration Days which will bring together high-profile experts to excite you about the world of computer science
  • A toolkit of fun, easy digital activities to inspire young people about the possibility of technology
  • BBC micro:bits – these are cool handheld computers for young people
  • Funding to enable you to deliver the sessions

How it works…

  1. Code Leaders and Code Champions attend a regional Inspiration Day, where you receive everything you need to confidently deliver Generation Code and meet a tonne of inspiring experts
  2. They will then work together to deliver regular coding sessions with young people in your youth group using the toolkit provided by us
  3. They will also reach out to other young people in the community to inspire them with computer science and ensure the programme is reaching as many young people as possible
  4. In December, all Generation Code hubs will be invited to the Hackathon Finale to celebrate your achievements, meet hundreds of young people across the UK and enjoy a bit of friendly competition

What’s next?

Training Day –  Wales Millenium Centre – Thursday 28th June

Don’t miss out!!

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