Three cheers for our creative coders! Our Spring 2023 Code 4 Change participants have completed and submitted their programming projects, and now, it’s time to vote.
Here’s how to vote:
Check out the student projects through the button below. Your job is to explore the projects and then vote for the one that you think best showcases particularly impressive coding skills, sustainable solutions, and educational value. Meanwhile, our team of mentors will be selecting winners in a number of categories, including Most Informative, Most Imaginative, and more.
Voting is open to everyone through Wednesday, May 31st, so feel free to share this link with family and friends and encourage them to visit and vote, too.
Why vote? Because there are prizes at stake...
Each category winner will receive a donation of $50 to support a select philanthropic organization embodying the spirit of Code 4 Change. All projects will be featured on the TCS website and winning projects will be showcased in a special blog.
Winners will be revealed on Friday, June 2nd!
Tune in on Instagram on Friday, June 2nd starting at 6:30pm EST when we reveal the winners live. If you're in the NYC area, we'd love to celebrate in person! Join us as we broadcast from our Upper East Side classroom. Doors open at 6:00pm. RSVP here.
Coding truly is a superpower. It can help make us safer, more sustainable, and more equitable. Used for good, it can truly help us create a stronger world for everyone.
This spring, Code 4 Change: Build a Better World asks our coders to use their powers for good in addressing a global issue. Drawing on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, coders will tap into their innovation, creativity, and resourcefulness to develop creative, tech-based solutions to real world problems like hunger, poverty, equality, and more. Get involved today!
Coders of all skill levels are encouraged to sign up. This event is free and open to the general public and kids of all ages.
Kids will be asked to choose one of these Sustainable Development Goals to focus on:
SDG #2: Zero Hunger
SDG #6: Clean Water and Sanitation
SDG #12: Responsible Consumption
SDG #13: Climate Action
SDG #14: Life Below Water
SDG #15: Life on Land
They will then create a project, game, or presentation of their choice using a programming language like Scratch, WoofJS, or another to propose a solution to this issue. We recommend that coders include clear visuals, easy-to-follow instructions, simple rules, and an approachable pace.
Code 4 Change: Build a Better World kicks off officially in April, but kids are invited to begin coding their projects as soon as they sign up.
This challenge is entirely virtual, so kids can participate wherever they have access to a computer and the internet.
It’s no secret that coding is becoming a critical skill for success. With the world rapidly growing more tech-focused and data-driven, the importance of coding and other digital literacy skills will only increase. However, we at TCS believe that coding is more than just a tool for individual advancement — instead, we focus on the intersection of coding and community service, bolstered by the belief that coding can be a tool for positive social change. Through Code 4 Change, we aim to support a new generation of global leaders working at the intersection of technology and social impact.
That’s why we’re empowering our students to put their ideas into action. How can we use code to distribute food to the hungry? To stop future pandemics? To support the pursuit of racial equity? Whether it’s on a local or global level, kids will have the chance to program prototypes of their creative solutions to real issues facing our world.
All completed projects will be hosted on the TCS website. Everyone will have the opportunity to vote for Coders’ Choice. The TCS team will reveal this winner, as well as winners in several technical categories chosen by our TCS instructors, during a live virtual event in June.
Fill out the form at the top of our page to starting your Code 4 Change journey!
We encourage you to explore the Sustainable Development Goals with your children and to engage in conversations with them about what those goals are trying to address. Check out this resource about discussing SDGs with kids, and think about what goals they may already have a passion for or might like to know more about.
What global issue are you passionate about solving? Below you’ll find the 17 Sustainable Development Goals created by the UN. We encourage you to visit their website to learn more about each issue. Then, consider your passions: are you dedicated to protecting wildlife and the environment? Making sure people have enough to eat and the resources they need to thrive? Once you’ve decided on your project, start thinking about how you would solve it and how you can explore that solution in a game, project, or presentation.
The Clean Water For All project teaches how to care for our oceans through proper recycling.
In this WoofJS game, players drag debris to different sorting bins to save the beavers.
April 17 - C4C Launch
The Code 4 Change challenge officially launches!
May 19 - Projects Due
Come back to this site and upload your work! Make sure to follow our sharing instructions carefully.
May 24 - Time to Vote
Come back to this page to try out other coders' projects and cast your vote for Coders' Choice.
June 2 - Watch the Finale
Winners will be announced live during a special virtual event!
Winners will be announced during a live virtual event in June and each category winner will receive a donation of $50 to support a select philanthropic organization embodying the spirit of Code 4 Change. All projects will be featured on the TCS website and winning projects will be showcased in a special blog. Winners also will be awarded an official Code 4 Change certificate!
After creating and completing your project on Scratch, you will need to share it publicly. To do so, navigate to your Project Page. If you can’t find your Project Page, simply save your project, then go to "My Stuff" and click on the project from there.
If you see this banner, just click Share!
If you do not see this banner, then either your project is already shared or your account has not been fully activated. To check if your account is fully activated, go to your Profile page by clicking on your username on the top bar and selecting Profile.
If you see this banner, your account needs to be activated:
If you made the account with The Coding Space, we can help you. Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll help you to fully activate your account. Otherwise, you need to activate your account using the email you registered it with.
To test your project’s sharing capabilities, simply click the link on the Project Page which says Copy Link and copy the link into the browser of an incognito window to make sure it is publicly visible. If you can see the project when not signed into the account that made it, your link is ready to submit!
All WoofJS projects are public. Just click the fullscreen button, then copy the URL in your browser’s bar. It will look like this one: https://woofjs.com/full.html#c4cexample
Just make sure to link to the public version of your project. If you have trouble figuring out how to do this, please just contact us at email@example.com