As our Digital Literacy + Coding Pilot grows, we’re learning as we go. One of the most important components of this process has been listening and gaining insight from youth and community partners as the pilot progresses – and the ability to pivot when necessary. We’re excited to share these insights with you.
What is the Digital Literacy + Coding Pilot?
The Digital Literacy + Coding Pilot is a project of the Brookfield Institute in partnership with the YMCA, Boys and Girls Club of Canada and public libraries in five cities across Ontario! We wanted to create a project where youth who are not traditionally represented in STEM fields could learn about HTML code and digital literacy. We decided to focus on digital literacy because we ultimately wanted young people to be able to use technological tools to solve problems, share their stories and critically understand how to engage with digital content.
Working with our partners, we are using after-school spaces to deliver a program that blends play, hands-on and interactive activities to teach youth between the ages of 12-15 about how to create with code.