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  • Manon Ballester

What happened in October?

ErasmusDays 2021

14, 15 & 16 October 2021 were dedicated to the celebration of the Erasmus+ Programme in Europe and beyond during the #ErasmusDays. It is each year a unique opportunity to organize an event, share Erasmus experience or spread the word about projects.

In this framework, on 15 October 2021, ZeUGMA, a partner in the Unplugged project, co-organized and carried out an event with two classes (15 and 17 years old). Two interactive sessions testing the parity (Peace Magic Grid) Unplugged game were carried out. For both sessions, a gamified challenge was proposed:

Discover in the grids the four-digit code that has been hidden to open a "cryptex" to unlock an enigma regarding a famous computing historical character.

  • For the smaller ages (15 years old), a simple activity was proposed: understanding the error detection code and correcting 4 simple grids enabling to unlock the cryptex.

  • For the older ones (17 years old), an additional step was provided: create the grids with the binary translation of the coloured squares positioning before being able to correct the code.

Through the activity, the students were able to discover error code detection and parity practices, binary counting and eventually, learn more about Alan Turing, and his role in breaking the enigma machine code during World War II.

This event took place within the premises of the riality Lab of Marseille. Students were active and enthusiastic about learning more about the Unplugged game, the university and the whole story that will guide them through this adventure.

Discover the EU Code week

9 to 24 October 2021 was also the moment of the EU Code Week 2021. EU Code Week is a grass-roots movement that celebrates creativity, problem-solving and collaboration through programming and other tech activities. The idea is to make programming more visible, to show young, adults and the elderly how to bring ideas to life with code, to demystify these skills and bring motivated people together to learn.

EU Code Week is run by volunteers. One, or several, Code Week Ambassadors coordinate the initiative in their countries, but everyone can organise their own activity and add it to the map. Within Unplugged, we have the amazing chance to get the involvement of Cindy Smits (Digitale Wolven), Belgium ambassador!

EU Code Week was launched in 2013 by the Young Advisors for t

he Digital Agenda Europe. The European Commission supports EU Code Week as part of its strategy for a Digital Single Market. In the Digital Education Action Plan the Commission especially encourages schools to join the initiative.

The goal is to help more young people to master the basics of coding and computational thinking.

Discover all the events organised this year, including the Unplugged Workshop handled for the Erasmus days:

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