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Join OCR to celebrate The Festival of Code, an annual event organised by Young Rewired State that starts today.
The week-long Festival will be marked at 60 centres across the UK, culminating with a showcase weekend at the Custard Factory in Birmingham. During the week more than one thousand young coders aged 18 and under will be tasked with developing an app, hack or prototype website that they will present at the weekend event with prizes awarded in a range of categories.
OCR will be in Birmingham to help attendees celebrate everything code. On Friday 9 August we’re hosting an evening talk entitled ‘For the love of code’ where guest speakers will talk about what inspired them to start coding, why they love to code and what their passion has driven them to achieve. Our speakers include ICT and Computing teacher Carrie Anne Philbin and Lindsay MacVean, member of CoderDojo and the Hello World Foundation.
Carrie Anne is a Computing and ICT teacher and is involved in a huge range of projects. To name just a few: Carrie Anne is collaborating with Raspberry Pi to teach programming theory using the Sonic, she is a great advocate for girls and minority groups in tech, she created the Geek Gurl Diaries and is working with Computing At Schools on the #include project.
Lindsay is a key member of CoderDojo, which started in 2011 with the aim of helping students learn to code outside, as well as within schools, by providing mentor support. There are now over 200 CoderDojo clubs worldwide. Lindsay is also a member of the Hello World Foundation, where he is striving to create social good through code.
Liza is a young coder and finalist at Young Rewired State 2012. She has successfully campaigned for her school to start teaching computing
Visit OCR in the Dome where our experts will be on hand to find out what has inspired the young coders and what they want to achieve with their talents. We’ll also be launching a competition to design a project for the Raspberry Pi – look out for more details on how to enter coming soon.
The Festival follows OCR’s exciting announcement that launched the first online GCSE in computing - ‘Cambridge GCSE Computing Online’. More than one hundred videos and accompanying resources will be made freely available online in the coming months giving you the opportunity to explore computing and coding both in and out of the classroom. You can also find a range of tutorials, classroom challenges and recipe cards mapped to the Raspberry Pi computer on the computing pages.