What is the Hour of Code?
The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code”, to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. Check out the tutorials and activities. This grassroots campaign is supported by over 400 partners and 200,000 educators worldwide.
The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week. The 2016 Computer Science Education Week will be December 5-11, but you can host an Hour of Code all year round. Computer Science Education Week is held annually in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906).
Why computer science?
Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path. See more stats here.
How do I participate in the Hour of Code?
Join us in the UHall Atrium on December 9th from 2-4pm for the chance to create your own adventure game. The two activities we will be completing can be found here: https://code.org/minecraft
I don’t know anything about coding. Can I still attend?
Of course! Hour of Code activities are self-guided. All you have to do is try our current tutorials, pick the tutorial you want, and pick an hour that works for you.
What devices should I use?
Code.org tutorials work on all devices and browsers. You can see more information about Code.org’s tutorial tech needs here. Tech needs for non-Code.org tutorials can be found on code.org/learn in the tutorial specific description. Don’t forget we also offer unplugged activities if your school can’t accommodate the tutorials!
Do I need a computer to participate?
No, computers will be provided but bringing your own laptop is optional. Hour of Code tutorials can work on PCs, smartphones, tablets, and some that require no computer at all! You can join wherever you are, with whatever you have.