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 17 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. Coders who are signed up for TCS spring classes will have the added benefit of class time to work on their project as well as personalized support from our instructors.
Kids will be asked to choose one of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals to focus on. 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 on Monday, April 4th, but kids are invited to begin coding their projects as soon as they sign up. Coders will have four weeks to code their projects before turning them in by Thursday, May 5th. Voting begins Friday, May 6th.
This challenge is entirely virtual, so kids can participate wherever they have access to a computer and the internet. TCS students will have the opportunity to work on their projects during class, but we love when students work on their projects at home (parental decisions about screen time permitting), so you may find them bringing it up in conversation with you as they work or even asking for your help. Global issues affect all of us, so working together to find solutions is expected and encouraged.
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. Voting opens on Friday, May 6th when participants 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 on Monday, May 9th.
Participating coders can sign up here between Monday, February 21st and Sunday, April 3rd.
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.
February 21st - Registration Opens
Participants will have four weeks to work on their projects. Group projects are also encouraged.
April 3rd - Registration Closes
If you miss the deadline, you may still be able to participate, just contact us here.
May 5th - Project Due
Come back to this site and upload your work! Make sure to follow our sharing instructions carefully.
May 6th - Time to Vote
Come back to this page to try out other coders' projects and cast your vote for Coders' Choice. Voting is open through May 7th.
May 9th - Watch the Finale
Winners will be announced live during a special virtual event!
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.
Winners will be announced during a live virtual event on May 9th 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.
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