Cast Your Votes!
Coding can build a better world
It can make us safer, more sustainable, and more equitable. That’s why we’re empowering our students to put their ideas into action with our first-ever Code 4 Change Challenge. Drawing on the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, coders are invited to use their innovation, creativity, and resourcefulness to address a global issue.
How can we use code to distribute food to the hungry? To help “flatten the curve” of COVID-19? To support activists in their pursuit of peace? Whether it’s on a local or global level, we’re encouraging participants to program prototypes of their creative solutions for real issues facing our world.
Coders of all ages and skill levels are invited to participate, both inside and outside of our classes. Participants can work individually or in teams. Participation is free and open to all.
Participants will have three weeks to work on their projects. Group projects are also encouraged.
Make sure to register by April 20th. However, if you miss the deadline, you can still tune in to see the results!
Come back to this site and upload your work! Make sure to follow our sharing instructions carefully.
Come back to this page to view and interact with everyone's projects and vote for your favorites in a number of categories.
Winners will be announced live on our Twitch channel. Winners will receive a donation in their name to a charity. Winning projects will be featured on our website.
We encourage you and your child to explore the Sustainable Development Goals before deciding on which 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. 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. These are global issues that affect everyone, so working together to solve them is expected and encouraged.
If you're wondering what’s possible, check out these examples from some of our students.
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.
This quiz tests what you know about these global issues and teaches you the facts.
Real World Examples That Inspire
Free Rice is a categorized quiz game, in which correctly answered questions cause advertisements to appear on the screen and trigger a financial payment to the World Food Programme.
Tree Planet 2 rewards players who raise a digital tree with a real tree planted in a forest! In the past three years, they have planted 240,000 real trees.
Upsolve is designed to support low-income Americans through the complex process of filing for bankruptcy. Read more about their journey here.
The Algorithmic Justice League, created by Joy Buolamwini, is fighting for accountability in coding and against bias in machine learning.
The Smart Wildfire Sensor uses machine learning to predict which forested areas are most susceptible to wildfires, providing an early warning to fire departments. This device was developed by two high school students!
Winners will be announced live on our Twitch channel during a special event on May 9th and a donation will be made in their name to a charity of their choice. The winning projects will then be featured on the TCS website for future students and classes to experience.
The Code 4 Change Challenge in 7 Steps
Sign up by April 20th. Participation is free and open to all.
Registration is now closed.
Find a place to make your project.
For beginners ages 6-12, we recommend creating your project in Scratch. For ages 12+ or coders with more experience, check out WoofJS, Codepen, or Glitch. No matter which platform you choose, you’ll need to create an account in order to save your work and share it. (If you already have an account on the platform you’re using, no need to make a new one!) Please note: we are only able to accept projects created on these four platforms. View our sharing instructions here.
You can work on your project alone, on a team with other kids, or with your family. These are global issues impacting everyone, so teamwork is encouraged.
Visit this page on May 4th to submit your project.
All entries must be submitted by 11:59pm on May 4th. You must have signed up for our contest to submit your project. Project sharing depends on the platform you used to create your project. Further down this page, we’ve listed specific sharing instructions for each of the four platforms.
Cast your votes starting May 5th.
Come back to this page starting May 5th to check out all of the Code 4 Change projects. You’ll be able to vote for your favorites throughout the week. Voters are restricted to one vote per category.
Winners announced on May 9th at 3pm.
Tune into our Twitch livestream on May 9th at 3pm EST to see the winners announced live!
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
Codepen and Glitch
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