Moonhack coding event for kids goes global
MORE than 10,000 Aussie kids are expected to join in Moonhack on the night of August 15 as part of the 20th anniversary of National Science Week.
The fun event, aimed to improve digital literacy, is run by Code Club Australia.
Last year, the event break the world record with 10,207 kids coding on the same day.
This year, it will launch from Wellington and Auckland in New Zealand, the closest cities to the International Date Line and continue around the globe.
Code Club Australia general manager Kelly Tagalan said Moonhack was about much more than just kids coding.
"We are reading kids' statements along with their registrations telling us why this kind of education is so important.
"One girl said, she's planning to be an engineer, like her dad, and wants to learn to code early, because it's helpful to her in solving problems."
"We also want kids to spark a love for learning through computational thinking, because it will be required in more than 70% of jobs of the future."
"I want to learn to code because it's the language that will help me get the job I want. I want to invent something cool that can help make the world better," said Amanda, age 9 in Queensland.
Jackie Coates, Head of the Telstra Foundation, Code Club Australia's founding funder, encouraged parents across Australia to get on board and organise a Moonhack mission control in their homes or local schools.
"Digital technology is changing every aspect of our lives and computer coding is the language of the 21st Century.
"The best thing about Code Club is that it breaks down the myth that computer coding is hard and complex - it's actually fun and through Moonhack something parents can do with their kids.
"As a mum of tweens, I've been able to get involved in coding with my kids through Code Club's unique approach - and we've had a blast doing it."
Code Club Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that provides tools and support for teachers and volunteers to provide free coding lessons.
There are more than 65,000 Aussie kids across 1950 Code Clubs in Australia, from Perth to Gold Coast and South-Western Sydney - Australia now has the biggest network of clubs outside the UK.
To participate in the event, families can register their details at moonhack.com by midnight on August 15.