Code Club Australia, a non-profit organisation that promotes coding for kids, is hosting a national event called Moonhack to set a world record for the most number of children coding at once. The event will be held on the night of July 20, the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, hence the name Moonhack. Here's what you need to know to participate.
More than 10,000 children are expected to take part in Moonhack where participants will be sitting in on a 60 minute coding workshop to complete programming exercises that relate to the moon. The workshop and exercises will all be conducted online.
Code Club Australia general manager Kelly Tagalan said:
"Coding is the language of the 21st Century. Empowering young Australians to be able to not just dream about, but actually create their own technology is the most important lesson that they could learn to ensure their success in the future. "Our mission is make sure that every Australian child has the opportunity to learn how to code, no matter where they live or what school they go to."
Even if your kid doesn’t want to be a programmer or a developer when they grow up, it's still worth teaching them how to code as it is a useful skill to have. Learning how to code helps them open their minds in finding solutions to problem. There have been talks about replacing compulsory history and geography subjects in schools with coding classes.
There are currently more than 900 Code Clubs across Australia. To sign your kid up to Moonhack, hit the link to go to the Code Club Australia website.