Young people may be “digital natives” but many of them consume technology without understanding how it really works. Words like “computer science” and “coding” can be alienating and scary for young people, particularly those who have been less engaged in formal education. Generation Code is a UK Youth programme run in partnership with Microsoft. Our aim is to break-down the barriers young people have around computer science; changing attitudes by exposing young people to the possibilities with technology. Ultimately we want to spark an interest in young people to become “digital makers” enabling them to think critically and question the digital world around them.
Generation Code is delivered through UK Youth’s membership network all across the UK. Since the programme launched in April 2016, it has helped over 14,000 young people across the UK get creative and explore new technology. Sessions are led by trained youth workers and young champions, aged 16-24, creating a network of local peer educators on the project. The curriculum brings together offline and online activities, allowing young people to get creative and have fun whilst developing their computational thinking skills.
Generation Code will continue throughout 2018, with existing Hubs continuing and new youth organisations starting their digital journey. Together we will engage another 7000 young people in the programme by December 2018, and host another National Hackathon to celebrate programme successes and support young people to take their digital ideas further.
Please refer to the Generation Code handbook for more information and support on delivering Generation Code. If you would like to connect to a STEM Ambassador who can support delivery within your locality then please use the form provided.