"Ben Safiniuk is seven years old, and he knows how to write computer code – sort of.
“Well, I have made a stickman. He’s like, ‘Hello’ and then he got sucked up into a ship,” said Ben.
He’s a student in the Pembina Trails School Division in Winnipeg who can make a blue dog dance across a stage or build a game with disappearing red blocks. And he’s not the only one.
The school division is diving head-first into uncharted territory in Canada – teaching coding to young kids.
“As I get to travel around our 33 schools, I’m now noticing I’m being asked more and more from younger and younger grades, ‘Can you teach me Java?’” said David Wall, Pembina Trails’ educational technology consultant.”
The only problem? Many teachers don’t have any idea how to teach kids code. And it isn’t a failing on their part – there’s no curriculum or framework in Canada for how to teach kids from Kindergarten to Grade 8 how to code. "