Canada Learning Code

Photography by Pam Lau

The Original Trip

It all began, quite literally, as a dream — a vision for a mobile computer lab that would travel across Canada to communities large and small in an effort to promote digital literacy and a love of coding. In the summer of 2016, that vision came to life in a spectacular fashion!

Between May and September, 2016, our distinctive bright-green truck could be seen rolling down city streets and trans-national highways from coast-to-coast. Aboard our Code Mobile was a rotating team of Canada Learning Code staff whose mission was to bring our signature technology learning experiences to as many young Canadians as possible over the course of 18 weeks.

They set up their tents and laptop stations at Friendship Centres, schools, festivals and even on the lawn of the Parliament Building in downtown Ottawa -- anywhere eager minds could be found! In total, the little Code Mobile that could logged over 8,100km, visiting 51 communities in 12 provinces and territories, and reached over 8,200 young people that summer.


Student Stories

We will never forget the incredible learners that we met this summer. Here are just a few of their heartwarming and inspiring stories...

Kylie standing beside Code Mobile Van

Kylie - Moncton, NB

At the beginning of the summer, we met our first fan. Kylie and her dad had been following us on social media and decided to track us down to join the code squad!

Draven - Moose Jaw, SK

Draven kept us company all day at the tech fair in Moose Jaw. He fell in love with virtual reality. Captured here climbing Tess claiming she's a rock in our VR game!

Draven looking through a VR Device

Keona - Haines Junction, YT

Keona's maze features a unicorn that had to find it's rainbow, but don't be fooled by those pink walls, they will send you back to the very first level ifi you touch them.

Keona sitting beside Computer
Tom looking at Laptop with Projector Screen in Background

Tom - Prince George, BC

This is Tom. He took our Digital Skills workshop for adults with disabilities in Prince George. He used a computer for the first time and also learned some HTML and CSS!

Miguel - Calgary, AB

Miguel had such a great time at our first workshop in Calgary, that he stayed for a second one. Here he is presenting his amazing advanced maze game.

Miguel cheering and showing his game.