OpenUK Kids Courses and Associated Digital Camps
We have begun our project of teaching kids both to code and to learn about open source, via short and fun animated lessons. Each lesson is 10(ish) minutes long and builds the confidence of the kids participating in the course.
About this Project
This project is part of the 2020 GNOME Community Engagement Challenge and meant for use by the OpenUK Kids’ Courses and associated Digital Camps team, Challenge organizers, and Challenge judges.
The 2020 GNOME Community Engagement Challenge is a three-part challenge created in partnership with Endless. The Challenge encourages individuals or teams to create stimulating ideas that will connect the next generation of coders to the FOSS community and keep them involved for years to come. Learn more about the Challenge.
OpenUK Kids’ Courses and associated Digital Camps
We have begun our project of teaching kids both to code and to learn about open source, via short and fun animated lessons. Each lesson is 10(ish) minutes long and builds the confidence of the kids participating in the course, starting by teaching them to build and use the MiniMu glove, incorporating a BBC micro:bit. Of course the micro:bit is already open technology and the MiniMu glove has been open sourced as part of our project. Each episode includes one minute of information about an aspect of open, whether that is “what is source code”, “why do you need a license” or “how to contribute and become a part of the community”? Our animations are fun and as confidence grows for the user, encourages increasing levels of creativity, something identified as an issue in secondary kids today. Lessons have also been reviewed to align with the UK curriculum for Key Stage 3 kids (11-14 years old) in England and Wales and the equivalent across the UK, but the course is accessible to kids at all UK secondary (high school) age. We hope it will also support kids who may struggle with the very academic approach taken in the UK Computer Science GCSE and encourage them into coding and plan a vocational qualification for the UK supported by OpenUK.
How to Use this Project
Members of the OpenUK Kids’ Courses and associated Digital Camps team should use this GitLab project to enter their Phase 2 submissions. For this phase, we ask you to submit a proof of concept for your project. Your proof of concept can be a working prototype, project examples, and/or documentation demonstrating your concept.
- All code-based projects should store their code and assets in the repository of this project.
- All non-code projects should upload all relevant materials as PDF or jpeg files to the project repository.
All Phase 2 submissions must be added to this folder by Nov 2, 2020, at or before 23:59 UTC.
Please contact email@example.com prior to the deadline if you have any questions or issues.