Code, Create and Play: this was the theme for the programming workshop presented by Ubisoft Montreal and Kids Code Jeunesse to a crowd of about 100 young creatives at Chromatic Kids on Sunday, May 27.
Kids aged 8 to 12 and their parents were invited to play with the BBC micro:bit, a small programmable computer that makes learning code easier.
After giving free reign to their creativity on the computer, the budding programmers were able to see the results on the micro:bit LEDs. To top it off, they got to keep their new BBC micro:bit to continue their creative projects at home.
In all, more than 3,000 visitors dropped by the former Montreal School of Fine Arts last Sunday to celebrate Montreal’s creative art scene at Chromatic Kids.
“Both girls and boys are super into this kind of activity that allows them to stimulate their imagination and express their creativity,” said Eric Negro y Castro, Online Programmer, who was one of the two Ubisoft employees who attended the event to guide the participants. “Every time, I’m impressed by the ease with which the kids interact with technology and their ability to bring new ideas to problems they encounter through programming.”
In addition to Chromatic, Eric gives time to Kids Code Jeunesse alongside three other Ubisoft colleagues by supervising the Code Club held on Wednesdays at the Marc Favreau library, steps from the studio. This extracurricular activity allows a dozen kids aged 8 to 12 to explore coding using Scratch over a period of ten weeks.
Special thanks to Nathalie Dubois, Ambre Lizurey, Alexandre Loisel, et Mathieu Naud who generously give their time to Kids Code Jeunesse workshops.