Moonhack is coming!

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MOONHACK TO SET WORLD RECORD FOR KIDS CODING ACROSS AUSTRALIA

Code Club Australia launches national event as part of ongoing

commitment to improve digital literacy in children.

Code Club Australia has launched an official campaign to set a world record for the most number of children coding at once with a national event called Moonhack.

Thousands of children across Australia will participate in Moonhack by taking part in computer coding exercises on the night of July 20, the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Code Club Australia General Manager Kelly Tagalan said Australia played an important part in the Apollo 11 landing, and that teaching children how to code would help keep Australia at the forefront of international science and technology in the future as well.

“Coding is the language of the 21st Century. Empowering young Australians to be able to not just dream about, but actually create their own technology is the most important lesson that they could learn to ensure their success in the future,” Ms Tagalan said.

“Our mission is make sure that every Australian child has the opportunity to learn how to code, no matter where they live or what school they go to.”

Code Club Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that provides tools and support for teachers and volunteers to provide free coding lessons. There are more than 900 Code Clubs across the country, from Perth to Alice Springs and the inner suburbs of Sydney.

Code Club Australia was founded in 2014 by Annie Parker. The first Code Club was founded in the London by Clare Sutcliffe. Australia’s involvement in broadcasting the Apollo 11 moon landing was the inspiration for the 2000 film The Dish.

Moonhack will be coordinated by Code Club Australia and accompanied on the night of July 20 by a livestreaming digital event produced by That Startup Show. More than 10,000 children are expected to take part.

To participate in the event, families must register their details at www.codeclubau.org/moonhack by July 20.

For more information, media materials, interviews or to be put in touch with a Code Club in your area, please contact:

Andrew Ramadge

Media & Capital Partners

andrew.ramadge@mcpartners.com.au

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