Coding from Home 7
Publication date: June 18, 2020
Insights into Austrian coding challenges, Minecraft coding, Google’s Animate your name resource and micro-grants from Meet And Code
More than 100 people joined the 7th Coding from Home webinar on 16 June. Leading teachers from Austria and Albania shared best practices on building chatbots and coding with Minecraft. Google presented the Animate your name resource especially developed for EU Code Week and Meet&Code shared information about the possibility to apply for micro-grants. The recording is available on the EU Code Week Youtube channel.
Kristine Lanzdina, Programme Manager, Computer Science (CS) Edu Team, Google, gave a sneak preview of the Animate your name resource her team has developed for EU Code Week. It is already available in (DE, FR, IT, LV, SK and RO) on the EU Code Week Youtube channel and another 16 languages will be released soon. She also introduced the CS resources for 9-14-year-olds available in FR, DE, IT and ES as well as other resources that target job seekers.
Next was, Herman Morgenbesser, Leading teacher from Austria, who presented different activities that will take place during Code Week 2020 in Austria. They include “Noce of
Coding” – a hackathon where pupils between 10 and 15 years old will build a chatbot, a webinar for teachers on unplugged computer science activities (available in English here) and a
Scratch introduction for pupils.
Lindita Lohja, Leading physics Teacher from Albania shared different coding activities she has done with her students. She has for example used crochet to connect mathematics and coding and participated in a European project about coding for blind people. She also presented her work in Minecraft and showed how her students had connected, maths, coding, arts and creativity to build the central square of their town.
Finally, Kamilla Rejmer coordinator of Meet&Code at Techshoup showed a video about Meet&Code and shared how they will focus on online learning in September and October. She
also invited non-profits in 35 European countries (EU27, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kazakhstan, Norway, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Ukraine) to apply
for micro-grants of up to €500. Meet&Code will also give out awards for best projects in four categories linked to UN sustainable development goals and one additional category “Code for Europe” in 2020. The winning organisation will win €2,000.