Kids coding: a trend B.C. is pushing for

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Kids coding: a trend B.C. is pushing for – Jan 24, 2016

KELOWNA, B.C. — From our smart phones to our smart cars, computer coding is everywhere. But it’s something most of us over a certain age don’t know a thing about.

That’s a big problem according to the provincial government, which says at any given time there are 1,000 technology jobs in B.C. sitting unfilled.

If a Kelowna coding seminar is any indication, interest is high among Okanagan students. Registration for a ‘Code Create’ program at UBC Okanagan was chock full – with a waitlist – two weeks after it opened.

“We are getting kids inspired to code,” said guest speaker Don Burks with Lighthouse Labs, a web development training company. “Digital literacy is important in today’s world. Everything is touched by technology.”

Youth from eight to 18 attended the day-long event.

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“I like how you have to figure stuff out,” says program participant Kalista Klaver.

Klaver, who is just nine years old, started learning code six months ago.

“It’s really fun,” she says.

The technology seminar comes on the heels of a provincial government promise to implement coding into the school curriculum from kindergarten to grade nine.

READ MORE: New curriculum offers B.C. students coding basics

“[Learning code] is building the next generation of technologists,” says Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson. “So having that coding as part of the curriculum is going to be a very important part of that.”

According to the province the number of technology related careers has climbed more than 30 per cent between 2002 and 2013.

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