Cartoon Network project gives Pinoy kids chance to learn coding

By Espie Angelica A. de Leon

Eight to ten-year-old Filipino kids will now get the chance to learn the fundamentals of coding, an important life skill for a highly technology-driven world, via the “Code the Future with Cartoon Network” campaign.

Kids play in a game that allows them to learn about the Cartesian plane

Kids play in a game that allows them to learn about the Cartesian plane

Code the Future with Cartoon Network was launched on July 29 by kiddie brand Turner’s Cartoon Network and SparkleLAB PH, a research and development center offering hands-on workshops for kids and adults on game design and development, media production, toy making, E-textiles, and physical computing.

The project aims to bring the basics and the different modules of coding to Filipino children through hands-on workshops to be conducted via a 10-leg school tour starting with with the Colegio de Sta. Rosa in Makati City.

Coding is one of the steps in the process of developing a game or creating animation. It promotes imagination, creative and critical thinking, experimentation, and collaboration.

Under the campaign, kids will learn how to code in a fun and interactive manner using characters from popular cartoon programs such as Ben 10, Adventure Time, The Powerpuff Girls, and We Bare Bears. They will learn about the Cartesian Plane, conditional statements, and how to make their favorite cartoon characters move onscreen.

SparkleLAB PH Founder Rosanna Lopez, “Coding Ambassadors” Nico Jorge and Faith Koo, and Turner Asia Pacific Country Lead in the Philippines Nicole Schneiderjohn

SparkleLAB PH Founder Rosanna Lopez, “Coding Ambassadors” Nico Jorge and Faith Koo, and Turner Asia Pacific Country Lead in the Philippines Nicole Schneiderjohn

“It combines the popular and well-known Cartoon Network characters alongside a free online programming language which allows kids and adults to tell stories, create games, and animation,” explained Turner Asia Pacific country lead in the Philippines Nicole Schneiderjohn.

“Through coding, kids can imagine worlds, they can dream up certain characters, create adventures of epic proportions,” said SparkleLAB PH founder Rosanna Lopez. “Through this collaboration, we wish to spark an interest in coding among kids – encouraging young people to become producers and not just consumers of media,” Lopez added.

The launch, held at SparkleLAB in San Juan, featured young Filipino “coding ambassadors” 16-year-old Nico Jorge and 13-year-old Faith Khoo who shared their passion for coding and helped explain what coding is all about. Both Nico and Faith use coding to create games for their school projects.

“Coding is a way of telling things what to do. In a way, it is an intersection between creativity and technology,” said Nico.

The launch was highlighted by games participated in by the kids who regularly come to SparkleLAB to learn and have fun at the same time. These games taught them about the Cartesian plane, conditionals, animation as the illusion of movement, how to incorporate sound into a project, and putting coding blocks together to generate a line of code and an action onscreen.

Code the Future with Cartoon Network aims to reach more than 7,000 8-10-year-old children in Metro Manila. Eventually, the campaign will kick off in the rest of Southeast Asia.

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