Wednesday, October 1, 2014
What if we could inspire 100,000 young Canadians like Hannah to think about how technology can change the world, and then help them learn the skills to make it happen?
Today, in the midst of 3D selfies and motion-controlled video games, we’re excited to announce the launch of Codemakers, a new project led by Actua and supported with a $1.5 million grant from Google.org. Over the next 3 years, Codemakers will set out to deliver 1 million face-to-face hours of computer science and technology learning in Canada to spark the next generation of creative, young code makers and inventors.
Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, works with kids creating their own video games at today’s launch of the Codemakers partnership between Google Canada and Actua.
Working together, we’re going to pair up the creative minds of Canadian Google engineers with Actua’s top computer science thinkers to design a hands-on computer science experience for kids. Using maker spaces and hacking approaches, Codemakers will explore the building blocks of computer hardware, the fundamentals of data and coding, and how to put these fundamentals straight to work doing things like designing apps from scratch.
With more than 20 years experience breaking down barriers to help youth learn about science and technology, Actua and its network of members will bring Codemakers to life in club programs, summer camps and school workshops in every region of Canada and in particular, to underserved youth populations, including Aboriginal youth, girls, New Canadians, and young people facing significant socioeconomic challenges.
Together, we’re going to help give young Canadians the technical skills, expertise and confidence to grab their future in both hands, follow their passions and start building their biggest and best ideas.