Codecreate Kelowna - Free Hour of Code Event for Youth ages 8 to 18

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UBC Okanagan - Engineering, Management & Education Building

1137 Alumni Ave

Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7

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Power young minds with an Hour of Code.

Join up to 400 students from ages 8 to 18 in four cities in BC to learn an Hour of Code at Codecreate, the province's largest coding event for youth! Codecreate is a half day event in your community where students will learn how to code alongside 20+ experienced mentors for free. Students just have to bring their own laptops and an open mind for the event, and we'll take care of the teaching and lunch!

The province-wide Codecreate event series is held in celebration of the Hour of Code, a grassroots global computer science and digital literacy awareness campaign aimed to encourage for tens of millions of students around the world to try an Hour of Code.

Codecreate and the Hour of Code campaign in BC is supported by the Government of B.C. and CUEBC (Computer Using Educators of BC). The Host Partner for the Kelowna workshop is UBC Okanagan's Innovative Learning Centre.

Follow us on Twitter at @codecreateBC and use hashtags #Codecreate and #HourOfCode to share!

Workshop Schedule

09:00 to 09:30 - Registration. Students must bring their own laptops for their event.
09:30 to 10:00 - Event starts
10:00 to 10:45 - Lesson by Lead Instructor from the Learning Partner, Lighthouse Labs
10:45 to 12:00 - Hands-on workshop with mentors who are industry developers and post-secondary computer science students
12:00 to 12:30 - Free lunch provided by our Food Partner, Panago Pizza
12:30 to 1:30 - Finish Workshop, Table Presentations of Projects and Open Conversation
2:00 to 2:15 - Closing Remarks
2:15 to 2:30 - Wrap up and pick up!


How much does attending Codecreate cost?
All of the events are absolutely free, including lunch! Students will have to bring their own laptops in order to participate.

Who is Codecreate for?
Students between the ages of 8 to 18 attending primary or secondary school in BC. 10% of participant seats for each event will also be allocated to teachers who are members of CUEBC.

Why are you hosting Codecreate?
We are hosting Codecreate in celebration the Hour of Code, the global computer science and digital literacy awareness campaign. As the technology sector grows in BC and computational thinking and digital literacy becomes increasingly important in the 21st century, we think every student in BC should have the opportunity to learn computer science.

What is the Hour of Code campaign?
The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 40 languages. No experience needed. Ages 4 to 104. For more information about the Hour of Code, visit

The student who is registering has never coded before. How much coding knowledge does the student need before registering?
None! The curriculum is specifically designed for beginners who have very little or no prior coding knowledge. However, the student must know how to operate a computer independently and have adequate spelling skills as a pre-requesite to participate.

What does the student need to bring?
The student will need to bring their own laptop. A parent or guardian will also need to accompany the student during registration and promptly pickup the student after the workshop ends.

I'm a parent or guardian and I want to attend the Codecreate workshop with my child. Can I participate?
It depends on the event host and the capacity available at the venue. Please check with the event host for your city when you register.

Who should register the student for Codecreate?
The parent or guardian of the student must register for the event and accept the terms and conditions for the event prior to the student's participation. A separate registration form must be completed for every student that attends.

How can I get involved with Codecreate?
Interested in volunteering? Register as a volunteer. Interested in partnering? Contact us!

Can I host an Hour of Code event at a school or community space?
Absolutely! Start planning here by reviewing the Hour of Code how-to guide.

I or my child want(s) to continue learning coding after the Codecreate event. Where can I find additional resources online?
We're thrilled to hear that you want to continue to learn how to code! Visit for more coding learning resources for the Hour of Code and beyond an Hour of Code.


Thank you to our partners for making Codecreate possible!

Organizing Partners

Government of B.C. CUEBC Hour of Code

Kelowna Host Parnter

UBC Innovative Learning Centre

Learning Partner

Lighthouse Labs

Supporting Parnter


Codecreate Brand Partner


Food & Refreshments Partner


Community Partners

Mobify Microsoft

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UBC Okanagan - Engineering, Management & Education Building

1137 Alumni Ave

Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7

Organizer Innovative Learning Centre - UBC Okanagan

Organizer of Codecreate Kelowna - Free Hour of Code Event for Youth ages 8 to 18

The Innovative Learning Centre (ILC)


The ILC exists is a collection of Interactive learning spaces where explorations and innovations in pedagogical excellence can be experienced, examined, and researched.  Utilizing principles of human centered design thinking, the ILC uses these developmental spaces at the intersection of research and practice, to provide both participatory and observatory experiences in both real and virtual environments for those engaged in the teaching and learning experience. The ILC creates a locus

from which to explore and address research questions emerging in education at this time of sociocultural change, globalization, and ubiquitous access to knowledge exchanges.


The ILC recognizes that its unique position embraces both the potential and promise for contributing to a place of mind on the Okanagan campus of the University of British Columbia. Canada’s place in the global knowledge economy rests substantially on the ability of education, industry and research institutions to inquire into and grapple with new ways of engaging learners in discovery, innovation, scholarship and community engagement, and embrace the promise and potential of advanced manufactoring and learning innovations.

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