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Over 100,000 schools and students are learning to code with Rapid Router

Over 100,000 schools and students are learning to code with Rapid Router

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Code for Life, a voluntary-based initiative launched by the Ocado Foundation to support the new primary school computer science curriculum, is announcing that it has set a new record for the number of students using Rapid Router, the free and open source game developed by Ocado Technology together with specialist ICT and computer science teachers. […]

Ocado Technology releases major update to Code for Life website and teaching materials

Ocado Technology releases major update to Code for Life website and teaching materials

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“The kids love it! They all want to move onto the next level, they want to be further on than anyone else.” – Mandy, ICT teacher “You can hit all of the computing curriculum, in a structured way. It is perfect for teachers who are struggling.” – Rob, ICT teacher “When I came across Code […]

Code for Life, inspiring the next generation of technologists

Code for Life, inspiring the next generation of technologists

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Welcome to the Ocado Technology Webinars, where you can hear from the people building the ground-breaking, game-changing technology that powers Ocado, the world’s largest online-only grocery retailer. In this webinar Celine Boudier, Code for Life team leader, talks about how a group of volunteers at Ocado Technology are creating an educational platform to inspire the […]

Rapid Router game from Ocado gets a Christmas makeover

Rapid Router game from Ocado gets a Christmas makeover

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You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, but do you recall the most famous reindeer of all? Ocado has employed the services of Santa and the world’s most famous red-nosed reindeer to help students improve their coding skills. Used by over 1,400 schools and more than 70,000 individual users, Rapid Router is a […]

Playtime with the BBC micro:bit – getting to grips with new education technology

Playtime with the BBC micro:bit – getting to grips with new education technology

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The BBC micro:bit is finally out! Last week I headed over to the University of Hertfordshire to have some fun programming it. Mike Platt, from the university’s School of Education, was very welcoming and lent us some of the precious micro:bits to play with. There were around 10 teachers from nearby schools, teaching mostly Key […]

Why we’ve open-sourced Code for Life

Why we’ve open-sourced Code for Life

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In the spirit of collaboration, we’ve open-sourced the game and portal of our free Code for Life education initiative. To give you a bit of background, Code for Life consists of free teaching resources, including lesson plans, videos, and the Rapid Router game. To play, pupils use basic programming principles to guide a van to […]

What can young women learn from the Stemettes?

What can young women learn from the Stemettes?

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One of the fantastic consequences of our Code for Life initiative is the interest we attract from STEM and educational charities looking to collaborate. Here’s the lowdown on our visit to the Stemettes. We celebrated Code for Life’s first anniversary on 1st September, and we’re continuing to develop new strands to the initiative. Our user […]

No degree? No problem. Meet our award-winning apprentice.

No degree? No problem. Meet our award-winning apprentice.

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Getting a head start in technology can be hard work if you haven’t followed the traditional uni route, but it’s far from impossible. We interviewed Ocado Technology apprentice Ryan Scales to see how and why he did things differently. As winner of Apprentice of the Year, he should know a thing or two… Q You […]

Why the Lords report on digital skills matters

Why the Lords report on digital skills matters

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On Tuesday the Lords’ Digital Skills Committee released a report, ‘Make or Break: The UK’s Digital Future’, warning of a digital skills gap and its impact. For me, there were two points that particularly resonated: One, that digital literacy should be a core skill taught at school. Progress has been made in England with the […]

New for Rapid Router – learn to code in Python

New for Rapid Router – learn to code in Python

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I’m proud to announce the latest update to our Code for Life teaching resource: your pupils can now learn to code in Python using the Rapid Router game. For anyone who’s unfamiliar, Python is a proper coding language used by companies such as Google and NASA. It’s also simple to write and debug, so it’s […]

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