Generation Code

“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 (alongside UK Youth and your lead partner):

Beneficiaries –

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

Code Champions –

16-25 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 three Code Champions (aged 16-25)
  • Engage 60 young people who already attend your club and 40 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 flexibly 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 60 young people from your hub receive at least three hours of training, the additional 40 young people receive at least one hour and all delivery happens between October 2107 and March 2018 and grants are available
  • Please contact us if you are interested but cannot reach the numbers as we might be able to offer you grant pro rata.

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 March, 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?

Contact wenna@youthcymru.org.uk for more information or if you are interested in being a Generation Code Hub CLICK HERE. You will then be invited to the Inspiration Day on the 3rd of October at The Tramshed, Cardiff

Closing date – 20th September – don’t miss out!!

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