Opening Ceremony of Coding Education Unit at EdUHK
Championing the promotion of coding education, The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK) held an opening ceremony for the Coding Education Unit at its Centre for Learning, Teaching and Technology (LTTC) earlier today (31 March).
Officiating at the ceremony were Mr Kevin Yeung Yun-hung, Under Secretary for Education; Dr Marjorie Yang Mun-tak, Chairperson of the Steering Committee of CoolThink@JC; and Professor Stephen Cheung Yan-leung, President of EdUHK. Also in attendance were more than 200 of principals, vice principals, teachers and stakeholders who care about coding education in Hong Kong.
In his welcoming remarks, Professor Cheung said that “coding education is now considered indispensable for computational thinking development. Since the establishment of the Coding Education Unit, EdUHK has spared no efforts in enhancing students from different disciplines with coding and computational thinking skills by offering them various kinds of courses and workshops on developing mobile apps.”
Led by Professor Kong Siu-cheung, Director of LTTC and Professor at the Department of Mathematics and Information Technology at EdUHK, the Unit was established in 2016 to promote coding literacy to students and the community. It aims to provide a favourable learning environment for students to acquire coding knowledge and to develop computational thinking skills through mobile app development. Its mission and vision are to nurture EdUHK students’ competence in coding for computational thinking development, and eventually to contribute to the well-being and future development of our society.
The Unit provides various courses and workshops on mobile app development, 3D printing and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education to facilitate the development of computational thinking skills through coding education and the remote control of physical objects. Laboratories equipped with various digital devices (such as computers, tablets, 3D printers, robots and electronically programmable parts) help students to learn, conduct teaching practice and create. In addition, the Unit was recently accredited by Apple Asia Limited as an Apple Regional Training Center. A number of students who have acquired coding skills through the Unit have undertaken service learning in the form of teaching practice in local primary and secondary schools.