Africa Code Week was held across Africa from 18-25 October 2017 with the goal of enabling 500 000 young Africans across 35 African countries to learn coding basics. AIMS South Africa was one of the host institutions in South Africa and hosted five interactive coding sessions with learners from local schools. The workshop was a great success and 132 learners and 6 educators from four schools and one NGO from Khayelitsha attended the activity.
The key focal point of the workshop was to introduce learners to coding/programming using Scratch Software; inspire and stimulate interest in learners to pursue computer science and maths careers at a tertiary level as well as showing learners that coding can be fun and exciting through real applications, and that it doesn’t have to be difficult.
Special thanks go to members of staff, tutors and research Master’s students that gave freely of their time to make these sessions possible and very successful.