The Coding for Good Challenge presents K-12 students with an opportunity to design and code their own digital ‘Thank You’ card for the healthcare and essential workers that have selflessly devoted their time and energy to protecting Canadians. The goal of this challenge is to equip students with valuable digital and coding skills, while also lifting the spirits of those on the front-lines.The world around us is changing rapidly — including the way that we live and work. Now more than ever, it has become apparent that digital and critical thinking skills are imperative in 21st century education. Developing Canada’s next generation of problem solvers by emphasizing these skills today will pave the way for a better tomorrow. Our aim is to prepare students for the types of jobs that are in demand both now and in the future.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
To help get students started, InkSmith and TakingITGlobal (Code to Learn) have prepared some additional tutorial resources, listed below. TakingITGlobal is pleased to offer weekly office hours for students, parents and teachers who have questions about the Lynx platform as they build their cards or are interested in improving their coding skills.
The Lynx Coding platform is available in both English and French for students all across Canada.
Wondering what a finalized card could look like? Check out the example below:
As part of the challenge, InkSmith and TakingITGlobal (Code to Learn) will be announcing bi-weekly prize winners from the ‘Thank You’ card submissions received, chosen at random. Each card submission counts as 1 unique entry, and students are permitted to enter multiple unique cards to improve their chances of winning.
Each bi-weekly prize winner will receive:
- 1 free micro:bit Go Pack
- 1 free InkSmith Climate Action Kit
A donation on their behalf of a Chromebook to a front-line staff member at the organization your card was created for
June 24th: Coding for Good Challenge Kick-off
Prize 1: Lynx project must be submitted by Noon Eastern, Monday July 13
Prize 2: Lynx project must be submitted by Noon Eastern, Monday August 3
Prize 3: Lynx project must be submitted by Noon Eastern, Monday August 10
For details on office hours, click here.For submission details and information on how to get started, click on the 'get started' button below!