Coding is a great way to develop fundamental skills such as logic and mathematics. Here are a few activities to fire up young people’s imaginations and get them interested in STEM disciplines. From elementary school through to university, these organizations work hard to develop children’s scientific minds and awaken their interest in science and technology. These activities are available across Quebec and include extracurricular activities and workshops in public spaces that the whole family can enjoy.
Code Clubs in Quebec’s public libraries
Location: Participating Quebec libraries*
Kids Code Jeunesse is a bilingual Canadian non-profit organization aimed at giving every Canadian child access to an education in digital skills, especially girls and underserved communities. The organization offers free introductory activities in public spaces, allowing young people to explore coding and revel in its infinite possibilities. These events are the ideal way for the whole family to learn something new together.
As an early partner of this non-profit organization, Ubisoft is proud to support the roll-out of 200 Code Clubs in Quebec’s public libraries for 8,000 children by 2021.
*Visit the Kids Code Jeunesse website for the full list of participating libraries and to find out more about Code Clubs.
By Code MTL
Location: Participating Commission Scolaire de Montréal (CSDM) schools*
Code MTL encourages digital numeracy through visual programming in kids aged 5 to 12. The aim is to introduce students in preschool to Grade 3 to programming through eight fun workshops. These are especially tailored to their needs and held in CSDM schools. The Code MTL program uses Scratch educational software, which brings together 40 million projects created and shared by around 15 million children worldwide. Scratch was developed by the renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, USA.
Last year, 3,240 students from the CSDM and their teachers enjoyed eight, fun-filled programming workshops, with the support of Ubisoft. This year, 3,240 students will again take part in Code MTL’s coding workshops.
*Visit the Code MTL website to see the list of participating schools and find out more about the workshops.
Video Game Creation Project for Quebec Youth
By Youth Fusion
Level: Elementary (Grades 5 and 6) and high school (Secondary 1 to 5)
Lieu: 41 schools across Quebec*
The video game creation project introduces young people to video game technology and design by allowing them to create a video game from start to finish. While discovering the different elements that go into a video game, the students will experience all the various stages involved in creating a game: conceptualization, prototype development, producing a game design document, production, game testing and review. They also learn to master a whole range of tech tools linked to the different aspects of the project (sound, visuals, programming, etc.). This year, close to 400 students will be invited to create an interactive story and a video game prototype alongside Ubisoft professionals.
*Visit the Youth Fusion website to find out more about the video game creation project.
Free digital kits to introduce students to programming
Location: Participating Quebec libraries and youth centres*
For 50 years, Réseau Technoscience’s goal has been to get young people across Quebec interested in science and technology. With its strong regional connections, this organization has introduced nearly 2,700 elementary-age students to programming with digital kits that are available to classroom teachers for free.
*Visit the Réseau Technoscience website to see the list of participating libraries.
The Biggest Science Festival for the Whole Family
Level: Age 6+
Location: The Old Port of Montreal
Eurêka! is Quebec’s biggest annual science festival, uniting everyone, young and old alike, who has a passion for science or just a curious mind. On the agenda: three fun-filled days of scientific discoveries and a whole array of free interactive activities. Since the start of this great adventure in 2007, more than 865,000 enthusiastic visitors, including nearly 50,000 students, have attended the festival!
Last year, Ubisoft Education took part in the Eurêka! Festival to spark young people’s interest in technology with a series of conferences, programming workshops and game stations. But if you didn’t make it to our booth last year, don’t worry! This year, Ubisoft Education will once again be a partner of the Eurêka! Festival Techno Zone, promoting and celebrating careers in science and technology.
*Visit the Eurêka! Festival website to find out more about this event.