National Coding Week – Resources & Activities
September 18th 2018

National Coding Week – Resources & Activities

It’s National Coding Week! Inspire your students with our handy list of project ideas, resources and activities. We have free opportunities for adult learners too!

What is code?
Code is a set of rules and instructions that we give a computer which bridges the gap between human language and computer language.

National Coding Week was founded by former headteacher Richard Rolfe and tech entrepreneur Jordan Love, who was appointed EU Code Week Ambassador for the UK. It took place during the week commencing September 21, 2014 with the aim of helping to improve digital literacy in order to fill the growing skills gap.

There is also a National Coding Week (volunteer-led) organisation founded in 2014. NCW aims to help build people’s confidence and skills by encouraging volunteers to run fun and engaging digital events.

National Coding Week Schools Page
National Coding Week: School Toolkit

Code Club

Code Club UK is a nationwide network of volunteers and educators who run free coding clubs for young people aged 9-13.

Find a club or start one here

Code Club FREE Projects

Code Club projects are freely available for anyone to use, a great way to get creative with code.

Get coding! organises the annual Hour of Code campaign which is now a global phenomenon. Children & adults can learn coding through games including Star Wars, Frozen, Minecraft and many, many more!

Click here to learn, play and have fun!

STEM Learning

STEM Learning have CPD, ideas & an enormous library of resources and activities! Here are a few coding ideas to get you started but you can click here for more!

Coding a Rock Band
Code for Life
Coding using Scratch & Kodu
Kids get coding!
Five top games to make coding easier
Code Smart 11-14


CREST is a scheme that inspires young people to think and behave like scientists and engineers. There are many ways to run CREST with your students and so many fantastic activities.

Why not try the Astro Pi Challenge during National Coding Week? Your student’s projects could be tested on the International Space Station!

The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition

If your students produce a project during National Coding Week that they would like to showcase, encourage them to enter The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition!
They can gain recognition for their achievements in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and build their skills and confidence.
Click to enter
Closing: Friday 2 November 2018

Click here to find out more


CoderDojo is a global movement of free, volunteer-led, community-based computer programming clubs for young people.

Find out more

Liverpool Girl Geeks

Celebrating, inspiring & supporting women interested in having a career in tech through events, courses & networks.

Find out more

BBC Teach: KS1/KS2 – Activity Videos: Crack the Code

Minna Kane and her team of young coders find out all about the exciting world of computer programming.


Fab Lab

Coding & making! Fab Labs foster the entrepreneurial spirit by providing the space, equipment and help to rapidly turn ideas into working prototypes.

Find a Fab Lab near you!

Start a STEM Club

STEM Clubs are a powerful and enjoyable way to engage young people with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. They ignite an interest in STEM subjects and provide a platform to extend young people’s learning.

Inspire your students, get started here…

‘I’m an adult and would love to learn to code’

Adult Coding: You’re never too old to learn!
Raspberry Pi – FREE online training for adults

Latest ideas, links & resources: #NationalCodingWeek
National Coding Week on Twitter: @CodingWeek



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