Eighty-four thousand students will participate in the second annual Canada Learning Code Week, Dec. 3-10 in more than 200 communities across the country. The week gives teachers and community groups the free resources required to introduce coding to students with a fun-filled week of learning the digital skills crucial for today and tomorrow’s economy.

This year’s activities include: programming voice-assistant technology; an unplugged coding lesson on basketball; celebrating innovation through web development; coding a simulation of self-driving cars; and creating a virtual reality inspired by indigenous art.

There is no cost to participate. Teachers and community groups can visit CodeWeek.ca to download free lesson plans and participation guides.

Only four out of 13 Canadian provinces and territories currently have mandated coding in their kindergarten to Grade 12 curriculum. Canada Learning Code Week is designed to help educators introduce computational-thinking fundamentals and basic coding skills into classrooms across the country to ensure Canadians students have the knowledge to build and not just consume technology.

“To truly transform the digital landscape and provide equal access to all Canadians, we need to bring computational-thinking fundamentals and basic coding skills into classrooms across the country,” said Melissa Sariffodeen, Canada Learning Code CEO. “That is why we have launched a pan-Canadian K-12 computer science education framework. Canada Learning Code Week is a great first step for teachers to introduce these crucial concepts now while the longer-term curriculum modernization is developed.”

Signature Canada Learning Code Week Events in the GTA:

Dec. 6 – Toronto, ON | Amazon Downtown Toronto 1-3 p.m.

Dec. 7 – Toronto, ON | MLSE LaunchPad 1-3 p.m.

Dec. 8 – Markham, ON | General Motors Markham 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.