RE:CODE London is an award winning programme bought to you by the Institute of Imagination, the Mayor of London, Raising Robots and and LEGO® Group, providing London’s primary schoolchildren with a coding and robotics-based challenge to encourage them to think critically and help tackle some of our city’s biggest challenges.

What does RE:CODE London involve?

RE:CODE London is run by the Mayor, the LEGO® GroupInstitute of Imagination and Raising Robots giving young Londoners aged 9-11 the chance to take on a real-life coding challenge, building their confidence and creative problem-solving skills. Students work in teams to build and code their own LEGO® robot to meet a modern-day challenge, such as cleaning pollution from the River Thames, or tackling London’s air pollution. The sessions are part of the Mayor’s London Curriculum, which brings the national curriculum to life through hands-on learning experiences and opens up London to all young people.

Launched in 2017, the RE:CODE London project has run over 90 workshops with over 5000 children and young people. The first event saw children creating robots building scoops for MILO, the LEGO WeDo robot, and coding movement so the bots could pick up rubbish from the Thames.

Working with a wide range of experts, organisations and – most important of all – children is an integral part of the Institute of Imagination’s vision. In the words of our Chief Executive, Gareth Binns:

“RE:CODE London is a wonderful example of how we can spark children’s imaginations through innovative partnerships and we’re proud to support the Mayor of London to bring the London Curriculum alive by hosting these events at our current home, the Imagination Lab.”

In 2018 RE:CODE project was named Cross-Sector Digital Collaboration of the Year (2018), which recognises leaders and organisations who are pioneering change within the public sector, Enterprise, SMEs and Charity Sectors, generated by their peers.

Want to get involved?

Check out our What’s On page for the latest RE:CODE London events. If you are a school in London, you can also register your interest for upcoming events here. If you’re a school outside of London then get in touch by emailing us at hello@ioi.london or calling us on 0207 494 9153.