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Introducing Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) to middle school students – CODEfest 2017

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Media Release by The Industry-Education Council (IEC) of Hamilton

HAMILTON, ON – The Industry-Education Council (IEC) of Hamilton has partnered with the Hamilton Public Library, the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board, and the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board to host our inaugural CODEfest 2017. This exclusive event is being held for Hamilton Code Clubs members, in Grades 4-8, at the Hamilton Public Library, Central Branch, circuit 4.0.

Over the course of the day, in two identical sessions, students will hear from Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) professionals, and actively participate in two hands-on and interactive learning stations. Community members contributing to the experiential learning activities include: ArcelorMittal Dofasco, Fair Change Learning, HWCDSB Bishop Ryan: Robotics Club, Mathstronauts, Inc., McMaster University, McMaster University: Local Awareness Committee, Mohawk College, and The Hamilton Public Library.

The IEC and our partners’ invites parents, board representatives, and community partners to attend to learn how software coding can impact educational goal setting and encourage students to reach their full potential through innovation, thus leading to the development of Hamilton’s future ICT workforce.

The intent of CODEfest is to provide an opportunity for club members to continue to explore the vast world of ICT and the viable educational pathways and careers right here in Hamilton. “It epitomises community collaboration and investment, for the benefit of our Hamilton Code Clubs members. We are beyond excited that over 300 students will join us on June 6th, says Beth Gibson, Project Consultant, at the Industry-Education Council of Hamilton.

Hamilton Code Clubs was created to introduce students to simple software coding, in a fun and hands-on learning environment. To date, over 1,000 students have participated in the program. The goals of the program are to: create a spark of interest in ICT; encourage educational achievement past high school; and to build self-confidence. Hamilton Code Club is supported by an ABACUS grant from the Hamilton Community Foundation, the City of Hamilton Future Fund, and the ArcelorMittal Dofasco Foundation.

CODEfest will take place on Tuesday June 6, 2017 at the Hamilton Public Library, Central Branch, Circuit 4.0, from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. To learn more please email angievanderzalm@iechamiton.ca.

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About the IEC
Established in 1978 as Canada’s first Industry-Education Council, as a not-for-profit, we foster partnerships among industry, business, education, and community groups in Hamilton. We enhance and support experiential learning opportunities and career mentorship for all learners. To learn more please visit www.iechamilton.ca or follow us on Twitter @IECHamilton.

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