Wednesday, 23 March 2016

EE launch their new Wembley Stadium 'Light the Arch' web application. Designed for 7-11 year olds to learn the basic principles of coding, light up the iconic arch & create a video online.

EE launch their new 'Light the Arch' web application to learn the basic principles of coding and light up the iconic Wembley Arch.

On Monday Thing 3 and I were lucky enough to be invited to Wembley Stadium to preview the EE Light the Arch web application and light up the iconic Wembley Arch. 

The new EE web application is designed with children aged 7-11 in mind to learn the basic principles of coding. It is available for all to use and to try out here at

The web application is endorsed by the educational technology charity Apps for Good and it is based on the technology used to light the arch at major stadium events. 

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.
It is available to use in the classroom and 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 children to use the app 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 game on Tuesday 29th March. Further opportunities will be announced later on in the year for more users to have their light show appear live on the arch. All designs submitted before midnight on Sunday 27th March will have a chance to be selected to appear at the England vs Netherlands game* at Wembley Stadium connected by EE.

The app is very easy to use and has various different lighting effects to choose from. These can then be altered by colour, length of time light effect appears and other options too. You can choose lots of different light effects or just a few for a longer amount of time and you can choose to change certain aspects of your light show once you've watched the video too. 

Thing 3 loved creating her own light show on the Wembley Stadium arch. We loved the rainbow effect and then chose lots of different strobe effect lights in various shades of blues, pinks and yellows. We then stood outside after a stadium tour and watched the light shows on the iconic Wembley Arch. Such an exciting evening and the lights were wonderful to see lighting up the night sky and will look amazing at Wembley Stadium events. 

Apps for Good co-CEO Debbie Forster said: “Light the Arch is a brilliant coding tool for this age group of children. The web app is not only fun but also a fantastic learning tool, and it not only introduces children to coding but allows children to be able to see their coding knowledge translate to a real life scenario, and what better experience than lighting the famous Wembley arch.”

Head over to to create your own light show to Light the Arch at Wembley Stadium and to share with family and friends. 


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