Last week we attended a very exciting event at Wembley Stadium with EE. It was a rush to get the kids there directly from school but we made it and I’m so glad we made the effort.
The kids enjoy coding and since the event involved coding, it was one not to be missed.
We were there for the ‘Light the Arch’ initiative which launched a new App for IOS and Android systems where you can create your own masterpiece to light up the Wembley arch.
The kids lost no time in sorting out how to use the app and indeed it is really easy to do. There were tablets for them to try out the app in the EE Box at Wembley as well as refreshments which we tucked into with relish.
Light the Arch is a new web app designed to help 7-11 year olds learn about the basic principles of coding. The web application is supported by Apps For Good and allows children (and adults!) to design a light show on Wembley’s arch resulting in a sharable video. The educational online tool is based on the technology used to light the stadium’s arch at major events and a lucky few will be able to see their design translated into a real-life display at the England match on 29th March.
Visit http://www.ee.co.uk/light-the-arch to have a go.
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 & 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 teachers to do with kids to encourage an interest in coding.
And then, it was time for the tour.
We had never been to Wembley and it was magical to be able to go behind the scenes and check out the stadium. We went around to the players changing rooms where they gave their jerseys on pegs in their places and the children were thrilled.
We got to walk out of the tunnel and onto the pitch like at the beginning of the match, when players do. It was an amazing experience. Wembley is huge and so well maintained.
Thank you EE for the lovely afternoon.
Here’s the official video –
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