Funded CanCode Initiatives

From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Actua

Students will have access to coding and digital skills workshops, summer camps, after-school programs, year-round clubs and community outreach initiatives, with a focus on those who haven’t had many opportunities to participate in digital and coding skills training. Actua and its network members will also help thousands of teachers gain knowledge and confidence to integrate coding and digital skills development in the classroom.

Actua website
Free Coding and Digital Skills Activities and Coding Video Tutorials

FOR WHOM?

WHERE?

CONTACT

Youth ages 6-16 and their teachers
From beginner to advanced

All Provinces and Territories

Leslie Cuthbertson
leslie.cuthbertson@actua.ca
613-234-4137

Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada

“Kid Tech Nation” will provide training in digital skills, coding concepts, internet safety and computational thinking to a highly diverse  population of Canadian youth in small and large cities, rural communities and First Nations Reserves. There is a specific focus on engaging children from communities that are typically underrepresented in STEM fields: girls, racialized and Indigenous children as well as children from newcomer families.

Boys and Girls Club website

FOR WHOM?

WHERE?

CONTACT

Youth ages 8-12
Focus on beginners

Boys and Girls Club locations across Canada

Vivian Trumblay
vtrumblay@bgccan.com
905-477-7272 ext. 227

Brilliant Labs

Makerspaces and CodeCamps will provide students and teachers with coding and digital skills training, and industry-driven Innovation and Coding Challenges will give students and teachers the chance to work with robotics, autonomous vehicles, wearable electronics, drones, 3D printing, rapid electronics prototyping platforms, AR/VR, mobile app development, 2D/3D game development, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, cyber security and much more.

Brilliant Labs website
Free learning resources

FOR WHOM?

WHERE?

CONTACT

Students from kindergarten to grade 12 and their teachers
From beginner to advanced

Atlantic Canada: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador

Jeffrey Willson
jeff@brilliantlabs.ca
506-442-9059

Canada Learning Code

CLC’s initiative will provide children and youth with opportunities to develop coding and digital skills, with a specific focus on those underrepresented in the tech industry (girls, Indigenous, at-risk youth and rural/remote communities). Teachers and students will have access to learning opportunities through in-person workshops (via the CodeMobile), local Chapters and through a national coding celebration - “Canada Learning Code Week” - in December 2018.

Canada Learning Code website
Free Lesson Plans and How to Guide

FOR WHOM?

WHERE?

CONTACT

Students from kindergarten to grade 12 and teachers from kindergarten to grade 8
For those with little or no experience

All Provinces and Territories

cancode@canadalearningcode.ca
647-715-4555

Cybera and the Pacific Institute for Mathematical Sciences (PIMS)

Cybera and PIMS will trial new tools and frameworks to help teachers bring computational thinking into their math, science, social sciences and humanities courses, giving students the analytical skills needed to comprehend the digital world. The project, called Callysto, will adapt an online, interactive textbook currently used by researchers and post-secondary classrooms for a younger audience.

Cybera website
Free web-based platform, Jupyter, that enables a broad suite of computing capabilities on any device that has an internet connection

FOR WHOM?

WHERE?

CONTACT

Students from grade 5 to grade 12 and their teachers
For those with some experience

Accessible online across Canada.
In-person teacher training workshops focused in Alberta but available across Canada via videoconferencing.

Brian Murphy
brian.murphy@cybera.ca
780-235-6267

Elephant Thoughts Educational Outreach

Elephant Thoughts’ programs include week-long robotics and coding camps as well as working with youth year-round to develop advanced coding and digital skills. Their initiative, “Coders North”, aims to bring coding and robotics skills and hands on experiences to students in the North and First Nations communities, either in school or in summer camps, and to develop lasting teaching partnerships.

Elephant Thoughts website

FOR WHOM?

WHERE?

CONTACT

Students from kindergarten to grade 12 and their teachers
Focus on beginners

Indigenous Communities across Canada as well as youth centres near Collingwood, Ontario

Jeremy Rhodes
jeremy@elephantthoughts.com
705-607-0650

FIRST Robotics Canada

FIRST Robotics Canada has embarked on a number of exciting coding initiatives ranging from online and in-person lessons and activities for teachers and students to learn languages like Python, as well as an online Virtual Robotics Toolkit to accompany the FIRST LEGO League program.

FIRST Robotics website

FOR WHOM?

WHERE?

CONTACT

Students from kindergarten to grade 12 and their teachers
From beginner to intermediate

Accessible online across Canada
In-person in select regions in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec

Kim Cooper
kim.cooper@firstroboticscanada.org
416-671-6597

Youth Fusion

Youth Fusion hires students to work 10 to 30 hours a week throughout the school year in public schools in Quebec and Ontario, and provide both in-class and after school coding and digital skills programming.  Youth Fusion offers programs in artificial intelligence, video game creation, robotics and science & robotics.

Youth Fusion web site

FOR WHOM?

WHERE?

CONTACT

Youth ages 6 to 18
No experience required

Ontario and Quebec

Laura Fortin
lfortin@fusionjeunesse.org
438-351-2202

Grandir Sans Frontières

Offers specialized sessions and workshops in coding and digital creation: programming, multimedia arts, 3D design and printing, electronics and virtual reality.

Grandir Sans Frontières website (in French)

FOR WHOM?

WHERE?

CONTACT

Youth ages 5 to 17
From beginner to advanced

Montreal, the Montreal region and the province of Quebec

Anaïs Michot
developpement@grandirsansfrontieres.org
514-581-3223

The Information and Communication Technology Council (ICTC)

The Digital Development and Acceleration of Skills Hub Initiative (Digital DASH) will provide digital skills development, experiential learning opportunities (real business challenges) and educational pathways towards digital and technology careers. Digital DASH will also provide educators with training to support the integration of digital skills in classrooms from grade 6-12.

ICTC website
Free resources: Focus on Information Technology (FIT), ICT4ALL, CyberTitan.

FOR WHOM?

WHERE?

CONTACT

Students from grade 6 to grade 12 and their teachers
For those with little or no experience

All Provinces and Territories

Sandra Saric
DigitalDASH@ictc-ctic.ca
613-237-8551 ext. 144

Kids Code Jeunesse

KCJ’s initiative will build and support digital skills communities for all Canadian children and their teachers through partnerships with organizations from varying fields and industries. They will connect coding with education, art, sport, science, play, and health to integrate code into many different aspects of a child’s environment.

Kids Code Jeunesse website
Free resources and the KCJ code club

FOR WHOM?

WHERE?

CONTACTS

Youth ages 5-12 and teachers from kindergarten to grade 12
For beginners

All Provinces and Territories

Bry LeBlanc
bry@kidscodejeunesse.org
514-778-2633
Sophia Jasmin
sophia@kidscodejeunesse.org
514-778-2633

Let's Talk Science

Large-scale 'citizen-science' classroom experiment aligned with Canadian Astronaut David Saint-Jacques' 2018-19 mission to the International Space Station. Students will build and program sensors, analyze data and find solutions to authentic challenges in space exploration. Additionally, coding and digital skills professional learning workshops will be made available to educators across Canada to better prepare them for the changing landscape of technology, coding and education.

Let's Talk Science website
Video from David Saint-Jacques

FOR WHOM?

WHERE?

CONTACT

Students from grade 6 to grade 12 and teachers from kindergarten to grade 12
For those with little or no experience

Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and the Northwest Territories

Kate Soper
ksoper@letstalkscience.ca
877-474-4081 ext. 252

Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre Inc.

The initiative will promote and enhance coding and digital skills programs in First Nations schools throughout Manitoba targeting students and teachers in the Cree, Ojibwe, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene languages.

Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre website

FOR WHOM?

WHERE?

CONTACT

Students from kindergarten to grade 12 and their teachers
From beginners to intermediate

First Nations schools throughout Manitoba

Rosely Booth
roselyb@mfnerc.com
204-594-1290 ext. 2128

MediaSmarts

MediaSmarts will train pre-service teachers in faculties of education across Canada on how to integrate and develop students’ digital literacy skills and competencies as part of their teaching practice. Supporting resources will be available on the MediaSmarts website for teachers to reinforce their learning: workshop with accompanying facilitator’s guide, self-directed versions of the workshop, digital literacy 101 videos and a guide on integrating digital literacy into kindergarten to grade 12 classrooms.

MediaSmarts website
Free Digital Media Literacy information and Teacher Resources

FOR WHOM?

WHERE?

CONTACT

Pre-service teachers
For those with little or no experience

Initiatives offered in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island

Julia Ladouceur
jladouceur@mediasmarts.ca
613-224-7721 ext. 232

Pinnguaq Association

Te(a)ch exists to bring computer science education to underserved Northern communities, starting in Nunavut and Ontario, with the goal of creating a sustainable outlet for creativity and a potential career path for youth. The initiative will provide opportunities to students that are beginner coders as well as a train-the-trainer program so that youth or teachers can start their own code clubs in their community. Most of the communities where programming will be delivered have no current coding education.

Pinnguaq Association website
Free coding and digital skills content

FOR WHOM?

WHERE?

CONTACT

Students from kindergarten to grade 12 and their teachers
For beginners

17 Communities in Nunavut, 7 in Northern Ontario
(Mushkegowuk Cree Reserves)

Ted Gerry
ted@pinnguaq.com
833-867-0001

Science North

Science North will provide coding and digital skills training to students and teachers in public and First Nations schools through in-person outreach activities, video-conference e-workshops, school programs and drop-in workshops at Science North. Secondary school students will also have access to special events such as “Coding Olympics”, and teachers will have access to teacher training workshops and on-line teacher resources.

Science North website

FOR WHOM?

WHERE?

CONTACT

Students and teachers from kindergarten to grade 12
For those with little or no experience

Northern Ontario

Sarah Chisnell
chisnell@sciencenorth.ca
705-522-3701 ext. 317

Science World British Columbia

Science World British Columbia will integrate computational thinking and coding modules into established field trip, after-school and mobile programs for students at the TELUS World of Science facility as well as at community outreach activities. Teacher Institutes will be held in Vancouver and Prince George, and new professional development workshops focused on coding and computational thinking will be offered throughout the 2018/19 school year.

Science World BC website
Free Scratch Programming and Science resources

FOR WHOM?

WHERE?

CONTACT

Students from grade 3 to grade 12 and their teachers
For those with little or no experience

Initiatives offered throughout British Columbia

Kate Henderson
khenderson@scienceworld.ca
604-443-7562

Saskatoon Industry-Education Council

Coding and robotics training will be offered to teachers, followed by in-class activities in rural and urban areas. “Hour of Code” events will be offered at workshops, summer and boot camps, Arduino camps, “Canada Learning Code” events and STEAM summer camps. Youth will learn about the digital environment through working with robots and learning coding, and professional development will be provided to educators through workshops. Teacher training will be enhanced with supporting materials to increase their confidence in integrating this learning in their classroom. 

Saskatoon Industry-Education Council website
SaskCode website

FOR WHOM?

WHERE?

CONTACTS

Students from kindergarten to grade 8 and their teachers
For those  with little or no experience

Saskatoon and surrounding regions that are part of the SIEC School divisions:  Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools, Saskatoon Public Schools, Prairie Spirit School Division, Saskatoon Tribal Council

Bill Kappahahn
billk@saskatooniec.ca
306-659-7746

Janet Uchacz-Hart
janet@saskatooniec.ca
306-683-7774

TakingITGlobal

TakingITGlobal will foster enhanced education outcomes in remote Indigenous communities, delivering culturally relevant and hands-on learning opportunities for teachers and students. Their initiative, Code to Learn, has a dual focus of workforce preparedness through developing coding skills, and digital content production skills through youth-led training across remote Indigenous communities. Through this program they will better connect students via digital tools and learning strategies and will engage youth in remote Indigenous communities to develop the digital skills needed to showcase their language and culture to the world.

TakingITGlobal website
Free coding software

FOR WHOM?

WHERE?

CONTACT

Students from kindergarten to grade 12 and their teachers
No experience required

All Provinces and Territories

Michael Furdyk
mfurdyk@takingitglobal.org
416-977-9363 x313

The Learning Partnership

The Learning Partnership will teach coding skills to students and teachers by creating a video game. Coding Quest focuses on STEM, computational thinking, while incorporating learning skills, language arts, visual arts and social studies. Coding Trek is an interactive, technology-driven program allowing teachers to engage students through a series of challenges using the ScratchJr program, gathering clues to complete a final digital breakout challenge.

The Learning Partnership website

FOR WHOM?

WHERE?

CONTACT

Coding Quest : Grade 4 to 6 students and their teachers
Coding Trek: Grade 1 to 3 students and their teachers
No Experience Required

All Provinces and Territories

Soriana Mantini
416-915-7521 
smantini@thelearningpartnership.ca

Ulnooweg Development Group Inc.

Ulnawoog Development Group will provide coding and digital skills training to First Nations students and teachers on reserve schools administered by the Mi’kmaw Kin’matnewey in Nova Scotia. They will provide workshops on teaching, building digital competencies and skills in robotics, coding, project management, 3D technical modeling, animation/film.

Ulnooweg Development Group website

FOR WHOM?

WHERE?

CONTACT

Students from grade 4 to grade 12 and their teachers
No experience required

Nova Scotia First Nation communities

Marni Fullerton
mfullerton@ulnooweg.ca
613-868-3906

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