Try an Hour of Code
From December 7 – 13, it’s Computer Science Education Week. The CSEdWeek is an annual program dedicated to inspiring, 5 – 18-year-old, children to take interest in computer science. Code.org® organizes CSEdWeek worldwide, and as you can see on the map, there will be over 191.000 ‘Hour of Code’ events taking place around the world!
Hour of Code
During this week, students and teachers are encouraged to participate in ‘an hour of code’. You can sign up for an ‘Hour of Code’ via code.org. I already tried some tutorials from an Hour of Code and I think they’re very nice.
- A great thing about code.org is that the exercises are available in many languages.
- The tutorials are free, very well explained and created by Code.org programmers
- The assignments are a lot of fun (so if you think coding is boring, think again!) You can go on your own Minecraft adventure, you can explore magic with Frozen or dive into the world of Star Wars.
- What I really like about Code.org is that they pay attention to encourage girls to get coding! If you have time, you can watch the short-movie ‘inspire a girl‘ .
- AND…once you’ve completed all the exercises, you’ll get an awesome certificate (see picture above) :-)
So if you’re not familiar with coding, I recommend you to go ahead and participate in an Hour of Code this week! You can follow the tutorials online or go to one of the 191.000 events worldwide.
Sidenote: CSEdWeek is held in recognition of the birthday of computer scientist Rear Admiral Grace M. Hopper (Dec 9, 1906). I think that’s amazing!