CALL TO CODE
Together with Google, Real Nation runs the Call to Code programme which encourages young people who have an interest in coding, programming and computer science to develop their interest further and master the basics by entering the competition. The competition caters for all skill levels, from beginner to advanced, meaning anyone can take part. The Call to Code competition is a core part of Google’s training initiatives in Ireland as part of its commitment to double the amount of people it will train in Europe this year to two million. The Call to Code competition bids to engage students and teachers with Computer Science. In the 2015 edition a particular focus was to increase participation in female students and those from disadvantaged areas, as are these are two demographics which have had lower participation levels in the past. A particular success in this as part of last year’s competition was a female student placing as first runner up in the junior category. The program launches in September, with the national on-line competition taking place in November. The top 20 students then go on to the National Final event in Google Headquarters in Dublin in December.
We produced a draft report analysing the past performance of the Google Call to Code project as an overview of teacher and student reactions to the project is provided, along with teacher and student engagement levels and their attitudes and opinions towards the timings of the competition within the school year. In-depth analyses were condensed into clear graph and chart systems aiming to communicate the findings in vibrant 3 dimensional illustrations.