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  Last updated August 22, 2017 at 5:51 pm

Don’t miss out on Moonhack, a coding event for children during National Science Week. Plus access our free teacher’s resource for how to incorporate this into the classroom in line with the national Science curriculum!

The team at Code Club Australia set a world record last year by gathering 10,207 Australian kids together to participate in their coding event Moonhack. This year they are going global with their event on 15 August 2017 during National Science Week.

What is Moonhack?

In honour of the Apollo 11 landing, Code Club Australia created a series of space-themed coding activities for Moonhack. In 2016, they brought together 10,207 kids from all over Australia, to get them to code and have fun. They ended up breaking a world record for the largest number of children coding on one day ever recorded!

Code Club Australia is a nationwide network of free, volunteer-led, after-school coding clubs for children aged 9-11. Children learn how to program by creating computer games, animations and websites. The Australian team formed in 2014 and has been growing ever since. They are part of the Code Club World network based in the UK.

Why Moonhack?

Moonhack is an opportunity for kids to learn code and for coding whiz kids to flex some coding muscle and engage with their peers. Moonhack advocates for digital literacy, an important skill every child needs in the modern world.

Moonhack 2017

With the success of the 2016 event spurring them on, the Code Club Australia team have scaled up their efforts. By opening Moonhack to kids across the globe, they want to spread enthusiasm for coding everywhere. And why not break their own world record in the process? Every kid in the world can take part in the event, as the website explains:

“Moonhack is for everyone. Moonhack is inclusive, not exclusive, because coding is for everyone, no matter their skill level or age – kids new to code, coding whiz kids, and anyone who wants to try out coding for the first time, or coding pros who want to get creative.”

Participating teams submit their complete project to the Moonhack website as a link, screenshot, or file upload. All successful participants will receive a certificate to print and hang proudly on their wall.

Who can be involved?

Participants between the ages of 8 and 18 are invited to form teams and create their own space-themed project – or use one of the provided examples in Scratch, ScratchJr, or Python. If you’re outside the age range, don’t worry – you can still take part, but your project won’t be counted toward the world record attempt.

Fit this project into the classroom!

Download this free teacher’s resource PDF from Australia’s Science Channel Education that maps the Moonhack project to the curriculum for Years 3, 5, 7 10.

You don’t need any experience with coding, or any special software or toys – just a computer with an internet connection. The materials supplied will walk you and the participants through the project step-by-step.

How do you get involved?

Teams will need to be registered on the website by a facilitator like a teacher or parent. Registering will give the facilitator access to a whole host of helpful tips for how to help their team out.

The deadline for uploading a team’s completed project is 15 August 2017.

For more information go to the Moonhack website.

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Kelly Wong
Contributing editor for News + Events and the online producer at Australia's Science Channel. I have a background in immunology, food blogging, volunteering, and social media. I'm passionate about creating communities on social media and getting them excited about science. I enjoy good food and I am on an eternal mission to find the best ice cream. Find me on Twitter @kellyyyllek



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