Enjoy a Summer of Code with EU Code Week

Publication date: June 28, 2024

Summer is here, and what better way to enjoy the sunny days than by diving into some fun and educational coding activities with EU Code Week! Whether you’re a teacher, a student, or simply a coding enthusiast, we’ve got a range of engaging activities to keep you entertained and sharpen your coding skills during the summer break. Plus, you can start preparing your EU Code Week activities. Read on to discover some exciting ways to make the most of your summer with coding adventures!

Code a Summer Story with Scratch

Unleash your creativity by coding a summer-themed story using Scratch! Scratch is a fantastic tool for beginners and allows you to create interactive stories, games, and animations. Imagine coding a beach adventure or a day at the park. You can include dialogues, movements, and even sound effects to bring your story to life. Not only is it fun, but it also helps you learn the basics of programming in a visually appealing way. Check out the EU Code Week Podcast: Bringing coding to schools with Scratch, or the Introduction to Scratch learning Bit.

Dive into App Development with App Inventor

Why not use your summer break to develop a mobile app? With MIT App Inventor, you can create your own Android apps using a simple drag-and-drop interface. Design an app that helps people find the best ice cream spots in town or a game that challenges your friends to a beach trivia quiz. The possibilities are endless, and you’ll be amazed at what you can create. For inspiration, check out the EU Code week challenges App that counts in several languages or Inclusive App Design.

Explore Robotics with LEGO Mindstorms

If you have a LEGO Mindstorms kit at home, summer is the perfect time to explore robotics. Build and programme your own robot to complete various tasks, like navigating an obstacle course in your backyard or playing a game of soccer. This hands-on activity is not only entertaining but also teaches you about engineering, mechanics, and programming. There are relevant resources on the EU Code Week website, including the challenge Coding and programming with LegoBoost and the EU Code Week Podcast: Lego in Education.

Participate in Online Coding Challenges

Stay connected with the coding community by participating in online coding challenges. Websites like Codewars, LeetCode, and HackerRank offer a wide range of problems to solve, from beginner to advanced levels. These challenges are a great way to practice your coding skills, learn new algorithms, and compete with coders from around the world. You can also check out some of the many challenges available on the EU Code week website. In particular, take a look at the Coding@Home  section, where you  can find  a collection of videos, do-it-yourself materials, puzzles, games, and coding challenges that you can do at home over the summer.

Prepare Your EU Code Week Activity

What’s more, summer is a great time to plan and prepare your activities for EU Code Week. Whether you’re a teacher planning a classroom project or a student organising a coding club, you can get everything ready in advance. Follow this guide to get your EU Code Week activity ready to pin in six easy steps.

Don’t forget to share your summer coding adventures with the EU Code Week community! Whether you’ve created an amazing app, built a robot, or participated in an exciting coding challenge, we want to hear about it.

Share your projects on social media and tag us on X (Twitter), Instagram, or Facebook. You might inspire others to start their own coding journey this summer!