My husband and 10 year old son Ramsey had the most amazing day out at Wembley. They were there for Mumsnet to take a first peek at an innovative online application at its launch event.
Aimed at 7-11-year-olds – but available to all! – the Light the Arch web app is a brilliant introduction to the basic principles of coding. It lets kids (and adults) experience what it’s like to programme a light show on the iconic Wembley arch based on real world technology.
My son has not visited Wembley before and phoned me excitedly to say how huge the arch was. When his Dad told him this is what he would be lighting up Ramsey was thrilled to bits.
Ramsey says: “It was great to spend some quality time with my Dad at such a big event. Everyone has heard of Wembley and it was cool to look around and to have tea there. My sister is into coding more than me but this app makes it interesting and allows you to be creative.”
His Dad who first worked with computers in the Seventies comments: “In my spare time, I used to play around programming the computer to overprint characters on the line printer to make patterns. This was nothing on the scale on what you can do now.”
To find out just what you and your children can do, download the app.
EE, the UK’s largest mobile network operator, has launched Light the Arch, a new web application endorsed by education technology charity Apps for Good. The web app allows children to design a light show on Wembley’s arch as part of EE’s lead partnership with the stadium and helps those who take part learn about the basic principles of coding.
The educational online tool aimed at 7-11 year olds – but available to all – is based on the technology used to light the arch at major stadium events. It is available for use in the classroom or at home and everyone who creates a design online will receive a video of their light show to share with family and friends.
To encourage kids to use the application at launch, a selection of the design submissions will be chosen at random and programmed to appear live on the arch when the final whistle blows on the England vs Netherlands match at the stadium on Tuesday 29th March. Further opportunities will be announced later in the year for more users to have their light show appear live on the arch.
Apps for Good – who are supporting the new online tool and ensuring it gets into the hands of educators across the UK – are an education technology charity working to transform education to help young entrepreneurs thrive in a tech driven future. The Light the Arch initiative supports EE’s wider commitment to battle digital exclusion and get more young people into technology and coding. EE has pledged to get at least 100,000 people using the web app before the end of the year.
The online tool offers a choice of 60 colours and eight configurable base patterns to play with such as clap, sweep, twinkle and rainbow, giving kids an almost infinite number of possibilities for their light show. For each design, users will have the option to change the length and speed of each pattern and choose their moment to light up the arch including ‘Goal Scored’, ‘Red Card’ and ‘Welcome to Wembley’. It is simple to use and the perfect activity for parents and educators to do with kids to encourage an interest in coding.
Apps for Good co-CEO Debbie Forster said: “Light the Arch is a brilliant coding tool for this age group of children. The web app is not only fun but also a fantastic learning tool, and it not only introduces children to coding but allows children to be able to see their coding knowledge translate to a real life scenario, and what better experience than lighting the famous Wembley arch.”
Max Taylor, Managing Director, Digital, Communications & Innovation at EE, said: “EE’s partnership with Wembley has just entered its third year and this feels like a fantastic opportunity to give something back. Recent research has shown that the UK will be unable to fill up to 250,000 digital jobs between 2015 and 2020, because of the digital skills gap, so tools like Light the Arch are more important than ever to help get kids interested in technology and coding. We hope people of all ages will have some fun with this.”
To create a light show online visit www.ee.co.uk/light-the-arch. All designs submitted before midnight on Sunday 27th March will have a chance to be selected to appear at the England vs Netherlands game* at Wembley Stadium connected by EE.
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