British Columbia

Coding coming to B.C. schools

B.C. students in Grades 6 to 9 will be taught mandatory classes in computer coding.

B.C. spending $2M on mandatory student coding curriculum

Year of Code Waterloo Region will continue to inspire the community to learn about digital literacy. Especially among children and girls. (CBC)

Grade 6 to 9 students in British Columbia will soon be learning computer coding as a mandatory part of their classes.

The Education Ministry has announced plans to spend $2 million to train teachers and develop a curriculum, while another $2 million will be set aside to buy equipment and resources.

The ministry said learning to code will teach students how to analyze a problem, determine steps to fix it and come up with directions so a machine can carry out those steps.

It's hoped a curriculum can be developed by next year so students can start learning coding by September 2018.

Premier Christy Clark and Education Minister Mike Bernier made the announcement Friday while students in Grades 4 to 7 showcased their coding and robotics projects.