10 2016

GTA’s Youngest Student Coders Building Video Games in the Classroom

June 10th 2016
The Learning Partnership’s Coding Quest Arcade sees Grades 4, 5, and 6 students launch their gaming creations
Toronto, ON – June 10, 2016 – On Thursday, June 16, student coders from schools across the Greater Toronto Area will showcase video games they developed in their classrooms at the inaugural Coding Quest Arcade, taking place at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto at 11 a.m.
The Arcade is a culmination of The Learning Partnership’s new Coding Quest program, designed to bring coding and critical inquiry into the classroom. Teachers deliver curriculum-aligned coursework over a few weeks to Grades 4, 5 and 6 students, while students work on building their computer games through coding, creative thinking and the application of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills.
The Coding Quest program 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 across New Brunswick in the Fall of 2016.
WHO: Almost 300 students in Grades 4, 5 and 6 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 the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, will showcase their video game creations.
WHAT: Students will showcase their own computer games, which they developed themselves through coding, creative thinking and the application of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills.
WHEN: Thursday, June 16, 2016, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.         
WHERE:  MaRS Discovery District, Auditorium, 101 College St., Toronto
About The Learning Partnership
The Learning Partnership is a national charity dedicated to building stakeholder partnerships to support, promote and advance publicly funded education in Canada. We do this through five key deliverables: innovative student programs, executive leadership for educators, knowledge mobilization and policy, tribute celebrations of excellence and ongoing collaborations across Canada. Since 1993, more than 6.1 million students have participated in The Learning Partnership's programs.
Fore more information, please contact:
Fahad Pinto
Marketing and Communications,
The Learning Partnership