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We are a Canadian not for profit organization dedicated to empowering kids, teachers and parents with the skills we all need to thrive in a technology driven society. We believe that coding is a basic literacy as important as reading, writing or math. By teaching kids how to code we teach them how to be better thinkers and better creators in a digital world.
Today, KCJ has regional coordinators, lead instructors and over 900 volunteers who bring code to communities across Canada. Our teams are active in BC, Alberta, Ontario and in Quebec. We are supported by corporations, government funding, grants and independent revenue.
We introduce computational thinking and computer programming to students and teachers in Canadian schools and in community centers. We use intuitive, open source, free tools like Scratch and Trinket that work well in a classroom setting. Our education materials are developed for children from 5 to 12 years old to ensure that children assimilate learning from one stage to the next.
We partner with teachers (K-12) who are interested in weaving code into their language, arts, math and technology curriculum. We volunteer in the classroom, direct teachers to proven educational resources and train them in computational thinking, computer programming and Internet/ Web to help them bring code into the classroom. We present to educators, researchers and education students in universities from around the world.
We engage with communities through our Code, Create, Play workshops, where we allow children to explore code through art, music, games and story-telling, as well as hands-on making with Raspberry Pi, GoPiGo’s and other hardware. We hold our workshops in libraries, community centers and other public spaces. Our workshops are developed with a priority to engage girls.