The Province is connecting students with the skills they need to succeed in today’s changing world, including coding.

Coding uses logic to execute problem solving actions by a machine – a vital skill for 21st-century students to understand. Logically, the first step in this learning process is ensuring teachers have the skills they need to bring coding alive in B.C. classrooms.

Beginning this November, teachers from around the province will be given the opportunity to participate in specialized coding training sessions offered by Lighthouse Labs, in partnership with Kids Code Jeunesse.

These two-day workshops will provide intensive training to teachers, giving them the digital-literacy skills required to captivate and empower students in grades 6 to 9. All 60 school districts are being invited to send two teachers to attend one of six regional sessions taking place over the next four months in Victoria, Vancouver, Chilliwack, Kelowna, Trail and Prince George. Followup training sessions will be available in the spring.

The participants will then go back to their own communities armed with the tools required to effectively train their colleagues, spreading coding skills throughout the school district and to students.

By the end of Grade 9, every student in British Columbia will take a module of basic coding, ensuring they learn the problem-solving and critical-thinking skills needed to thrive in any field, including coding.

Coding is a hands-on way of teaching students how to analyse a problem, determine the steps to fix that problem and then create directions so a machine can carry out those steps. Whether or not students pursue careers in the technology sector, these are vital critical thinking skills for future success.

Teaching children coding is part of B.C.`s new curriculum, as well as the #BCTECH Strategy – a key component of the BC Jobs Plan to support the growth of the province’s vibrant technology sector and strengthen British Columbia’s diverse knowledge-based economy.