The BBC have launched an important new season of content across television, radio and online to celebrate Britain’s digital heritage and to inspire people of all ages to develop their own digital skills.
This ties in with the new curriculum requirements introduced in September 2014 which aim to ensure that children from 5 years upwards will be taught how to design, write and develop their own computer programs and how to store and retrieve data. Coding is now being taught to 11-14 year olds and pupils will learn not just how a computer works, but how to make it work for them.
As part of the season there are 9 programmes on TV and the five of these will be broadcast in the coming weeks. We’ll highlight details of the later programmes on twitter @eraresources as soon as they become available.
Girls Can Code BBC3, 14 September 9pm
With the world of computer coding still dominated by males this is a 2 part talent show with a difference: Alice Levine searches for girls with a hidden talent for coding and then sets them a series of challenges.
Six Degrees of Separation: Making it Digital Special BBC2, 14 September 10pm
A new gameshow presented by Professor Brian Cox in which Ben Miller and Hugh Dennis lead team of scientists as they attempt to find the connections between six objects.
The Gamechangers BBC2, 15 September 9pm
A fact based drama (described by the BBC as being aimed at adult viewers) stars Daniel Radcliffe as Sam Houser, one of the co-founders of Rockstar Games, the company which launched the Grand Theft Auto series. From the BBC Media Centre release,
“..this drama goes back to 2002, to tell the story of a three-year period of intense controversy in the history of this iconic game’s development. It happened when two passionate men on either side of a high-stakes cultural divide clashed. This conflict, between the creative genius behind the game and a self-styled crusader for American morality, escalated into a fight for the hearts, minds and freedoms of an entire gaming generation.”
Horizon: Are Video Games Really That Bad? BBC2, 16 September 8pm
This edition examines how playing video games might be affecting the brains and behaviour of an entire generation. There is growing evidence that suggests video games may sharpen the brain.
Calculating Ada: The Countess of Computing BBC4, 17 September 9pm
The story of Ada Lovelace, daughter of Lord Byron, who is considered to be the first computer programmer and was involved with the design of the first computer.
Programmes are also available across the BBC radio stations including:
The Museum of Curiosity: Coding Special Radio 4, 10September 6.30pm
This week, the Museum’s Steering Committee discusses computers made with dominoes, praises the mother of all computer programs and reveals that the first computer bug was actually a moth.