Celebrate National Coding Week!
September 08th 2023

Celebrate National Coding Week!

Happy 10th Anniversary National Coding Week

National Coding Week begins on the 18th of September 2023 and this year, the theme is artificial intelligence (AI). The week aims to build confidence by discussing the benefits, concerns and implications of AI along with inspiring children and adults to learn new digital skills, cyber security and coding.

You can share your activities or offer careers advice or tips using the hashtag #NationalCodingWeek – tag @codingweek on Twitter or @nationalcodingweek on Instagram.

If you’re looking for inspirational resources for National Coding Week, we’ve brought together an exciting (and comprehensive) list below.

• National Coding Week:

National Coding Week: Ideas for Schools
National Coding Week: Official Resources
YaizY: Kids Online Learning Experience
National Coding Week: Digital Skills Challenge
Digital Career InspirationDigital Skills Stories

• Micro:bit

Create, Learn, Code!
FREE micro:bits for schools

• STEM Learning

STEM Learning offers 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!

Al Sweigart: Making Games with Python & Pygame

NCCE: Could YOUR class solve Bebras Challenge brain-teaser?
For students aged 12 – 14. Register them for the challenge by the 4th of November 2022!

Teach Computing: Primary & Secondary Coding Activities & Resources
Teach Computing: Home Learning Resources

ESERO/ESA: Astro Pi (Primary & Secondary)
Giving young people the chance to run their computer programs in space.
STEM Learning: Code for Life
For primary early computer programming as well as secondary students learning about Python programming.
STEM Learning: Programming BeeBots! (7-11)
This activity for younger children introduces algorithms and algorithmic thinking.
STEM Learning: Scratch Tinkering (7-11)
This primary activity involves tinkering within the Scratch environment.
STEM Learning: Kids get coding!
STEM Learning: Five top games to make coding easier
STEM Learning: Code Smart 11-14

Coding Resources:

• Hour of Code: Minecraft coding & more
• Primary Coding: Barefoot Computing

• Girls Who Code
• Hour of Code: A full range of coding activities & games for all ages
• Micro:bit – Let’s Code!

• Raspberry Pi: Learn & teach code through making!
National Careers: National Coding Week (Careers Archive)

• CRESTCoding Resources

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!

CREST Discovery Award: Enrich My Classroom (10-14)
Working in teams, students are challenged to design the classroom of the future using new materials and digital tools to improve the learning environment.

Machines of the Future
Working in teams, students are challenged to design a household product that uses AI/machine learning.

CREST Accredited Resources
These activities can be used towards a CREST Award and many include digital skills, take a look.

• 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.

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

Click here to learn, play and have fun!

• Start a STEM Club – School or Online

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.

More about STEM Clubs

• CoderDojo

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

Find out more

• InnovateHer

Use the InnovateHer online platform to teach new tech skills, explore cool tech jobs and even meet astronauts.

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.


Secondary: Are gaming jobs just for coders?
Secondary: Coding – The future is creative!

• “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


Amazing Apprenticeships: Coding Week Posters & ICT Career Information

Secondary Computing Resources
Primary Computing Resources
Tomorrow’s Engineers

National Coding Week on Twitter: @CodingWeek

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