Cape Breton University will host an invite-only advance screening of the CBC documentary Code Kids on Thursday, July 17 at 6 p.m. in the Verschuren Centre Theatre. Code Kids explores a future in which Atlantic Canadian schools teach computer programming as part of their curriculum.
This event comes hot on the heels of #StartupCapeBreton, an event for innovative individuals and companies with an interest in technology, business and education.
"Code Kids will inspire kids, parents, educators and policy makers, and give them hope that there is a very bright future for our children and Atlantic Canada if we support initiatives like this," says Greg Hemmings, director of Code Kids and Founder and Chief Storyteller at Hemmings House. “When I learned about the movement to inspire children to learn code, empowering them to change their future world, it was a perfect story to tell.”
The CBU advance screening will feature a question and answer session with Hemmings, facilitated by Rachel MacKeigan, Coordinator of the C@P Society. There is no cost to attend, but attendees must request an invitation. This event is recommended for those eight years of age and older.
“Coding is fun and it gets the brain going,” says Callum Pickles, a local high school student who appears in the film. “It is like learning a new language. I enjoy it because I can get an idea in my head and then make it happen.”
To request an invitation visit www.cbu.ca/startupcapebreton
Code Kids is set to air on CBC Maritimes on Saturday, July 26 at 8 p.m. For more information visit www.codekids.ca.