Code Week: Germany’s students learn how to hack

Develop smartphone apps, control robots and write program code: once you get a taste for it, you stick with it for a long time. From October 8th to 23rd, children and young people can find their way into the fascinating digital world at Germany-wide Code Week and experience for themselves how much fun, creativity and teamwork there is in programming.

The nearest Code Week activities can be found on the interactive map of Europe.

Numerous non-profit initiatives, schools, universities, libraries, museums and committed individuals are offering events such as hackathons or holiday workshops this year. There are particularly many hands-on offers in Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Bremen, Berlin, Bonn Rhein-Sieg, Dresden, Hamburg, Kassel, Leipzig, in the Münsterland and Thuringia. Online events round off the program, which can be found on the website of the Code Week is available.

The aim is to introduce young people to programming in a playful way and to awaken their desire to understand and help shape the digital world.

Code Week is a movement initiated by the European Commission in 2013. This year, Code Week is taking place for the tenth time. With almost 1,000 events, Germany was one of the ten most active countries in Europe last year.

In Germany, the Körber Foundation in particular has been involved with the Hamburg players at Code Week since 2016 and is thus campaigning for coding and maker education at extracurricular learning locations. Since 2020, the Körber Foundation has also been supporting regional networks in setting up Code Week locations based on the Hamburg model.

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