The origins of the Global Codeathon began with a conversation with Justin Hardman from 21st Century Learning International and other coding enthusiasts about how to get kids excited about coding and sharing that excitement with others. We discussed having students physically meet up at an international coding conference but that would then exclude elementary students. Instead we felt a virtual conference was the best path forward.
From our experience running the UNIS Hanoi Elementary Coding Club and allowing them to organize our Hour of Code, we saw how empowering it is to share one’s passion. Some of our least academically motivated students excelled as they were not only teaching other students but administrators too. We want this opportunity to last more than an hour and also want to celebrate our coders’ achievements just as a sports team gets to.
In this event, the students will:
- Learn how coding works
- Create your own games
- Improve your coding skills
- Compete to be the 2014 Global Codeathon Champion
- Meet awesome coders from around the world