Learning how to code is a worldwide phenomenon, and Apple has worked to be at the forefront of getting people started with the effort for years now.
That is definitely still the case in 2018, and now the company is celebrating the European Union’s “Code Week”, which starts on Saturday, October 6, and runs until Sunday, October 21 (which is decidedly longer than just a week). During that stretch of time, Apple will be hosting over 2,000 coding sessions at its retail stores throughout Europe.
“Apple today announced it will offer over 2,000 free coding sessions during EU Code Week, running October 6-21, with at least one free session every day in every Apple store throughout Europe. Coding sessions are open to all, and are designed to inspire and help people of all ages and skill levels learn to code with hands-on interactive experiences. Sessions include How To: Get Started with Coding, Teacher Tuesdays: App Design & Coding Basics and Kids Hour: Sphero Maze Challenge.”
Apple typically hosts coding sessions and workshops year-round, so these classes are just an additional benefit in light of Code Week. As is par for the course, these lessons are designed for just about everyone, from young to old, all in an effort to get more people to code and build the things they want to see in the world. Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, weighed in on the announcement:
“Coding is a critical skill that gives people of all ages the chance to create and share their ideas with the world,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Apple has long believed coding is the language of the future, and we’ve created a range of tools to make it fun and accessible for everyone. We’re thrilled to offer thousands of sessions in Apple stores for EU Code Week, and can’t wait to share our love for coding with young people and educators across Europe.”
Apple has also created new lesson plans and more for EU’s Code Week within its “Everyone Can Code” curriculum, which is a tool for individuals to learn Apple’s own Swift coding language.
“…Incredible Code Machine, a new Swift Playgrounds challenge, is designed for entry-level coders, while more experienced developers can test their skills on an App Development with Swift challenge or a Swift challenge in Xcode.”
If you are in Europe during Code Week and want to check out one of these sessions, just check out the Code Week website, or from Apple’s main page.