CodeNplay was born in 2017 bcause we remarked that in a world increasingly shaped by digital technologies, it becomes essential for every citizen to be able to understand the basics and to seize the opportunities.
Regardless of the employment sector things are modelled, quantified and facilitated by computer processes, in daily life. Understanding the functioning of digital tools, and therefore the programming bases behind them, becomes crucial in many aspects: equal opportunities, the labour market, ethics, etc.
To support this digital revolution and enable everyone to be part, CodeNPlay (non-profit) has set itself the mission to educate our children in digital technology, by helping primary schools integrating an coding and technologies into their curricula. We offer our extracurricular activities, where we demonstrate through practice what digital education and programming means. We provide also the trainings of teachers or student teachers and the creation of a high- quality curriculum.
Why should you learn coding in primary school ?
Children live in a world that has become technologically advanced. Children are growing up in a world full of technology. But the truth is that they often have a great interest in technology and they are a large target group of tech companies. But do they really understand how devices work without being educated? Teaching children to code, while making them aware of the use of digital tools (social networks, online safety, digital tracks...), allows them to take control of the machine and use them informed, creative and active rather than passive. Learning coding at school is the condition to reach everyone.
Learning how to programm is in many ways similar to learning a new language: the earlier children are gettng in touch, the more comfortable they will be. A coding course exsists of different pedagogical benefits and makes it possible to develop in a fun way transversal skills such as: creativity, collaboration, project implementation or sequential problem solving...
Attracting more girls to computer science (highly masculinized) is absolutely necessary to ensure gender equity and to meet employment challenges. To fight against the prejudice that 'computer science is for boys', it is essential to stimulate the interests to computers when they are young and less influenced by the prejudices conveyed in our society. Thus, if they dicscover a passion for computers in elementary school, they will dream about a job in engineering or computer science.