Ever wanted to go to the moon?
South Australian kids are invited to join a world-record attempt at Aldinga this weekend, learning to code to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.
Each year Moonhack gets kids together from around the world to learn how to code, and this year youngsters (aged 8+) will build space-themed games on the 50th anniversary of humankind’s incredible achievement on 20 July, 1969.
Last year, 35,000 kids from around the world came together to code at the same time, which was a world record, and organisers Code Club Australia are hoping to break the record again in 2019.
Kids aged 8+ can join in the free world-record attempt at City of Onkaparinga’s Aldinga Library from 10-11am on Saturday 20 July, where they’ll follow step-by-step instructions to code their own game (bookings essential).
Libraries and Community Centres Manager Stuart Purves says no prior knowledge is required to participate in Moonhack, and it’s a great introduction for kids to learn to code.
“Code is the language that powers much of the modern world, so events such as Moonhack and City of Onkaparinga Libraries’ regular Code Club activities help to build kids’ digital literacy,” Stuart says.
“Not only that, the events are a lot of fun, and this one’s particularly special due to the anniversary of the moon landing, which was similarly powered by teams of programmers writing code.”
Who knows – maybe one day someone that attended Moonhack at Aldinga will help send humans to Mars.
One small step for man
Astronaut Edwin Aldrin poses for photograph beside deployed U.S. flag on the moon, July 20, 1969. Photo: NASA