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Jun.
20 2016

Newly developed Coding Quest program brings coding to classrooms

June 20th 2016
On June 16, 2016, The Learning Partnership hosted the inaugural Coding Quest Arcade at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto as part of a newly developed program to bring coding and critical inquiry into the classroom.
 
More than 300 students from across the Greater Toronto Area ­– representing the Toronto District School Board, York Region District School Board, York Catholic District School Board, Peel District School Board and Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board – participated in the Arcade to mark the launch of the program. The Grades 4, 5 and 6 students showcased their video games, which they developed themselves, and ranged from Mission Getaway, created by students from H. A. Halbert Junior Public School to teach more about space, to Defenders of the Galaxy, developed by students from St. James Catholic Global Learning Centre.

                                        













Incorporated into school curriculums, the Coding Quest program sees students working with their teachers to create their own computer games in the classroom through coding, creative thinking and STEM skills. The program culminates with a Coding Quest Arcade, in which students showcase their video games to the public.

Coding Quest provides an opportunity for students to develop their coding skills and empowers them to compete in Canada’s increasingly digitalized workforce. The federal and provincial governments across Canada are recognizing this need and are making it a priority to invest in technology, digital infrastructure and STEM.
 
More than 4,500 students and 150 teachers participated in the program pilot across the GTA – and the program is set to launch in Vancouver, London, Toronto and New Brunswick in the Fall of 2016.