Hour of Code is a global movement in over 180 countries to expose students to at least one hour of computer coding. The movement’s goal is to show learners that anyone can learn coding and to increase participation in the field of computer science.
While the official Hour of Code dates for this year are December 3-9th, coding activities will be taking place all month at Scripps. In the media center, the maker space will have programmable ozobots available, coding board games, and access to coding through Minecraft. In different computer classes, students will be exposed to: the tutorials through code.org, various programming languages through codecademy.com, SmallBasic programming language, and the raspberry pi programmable computers.
Want to participate at home?
1. Code.org has over 100 computer science activities for all ages and experience levels.
2. Ready for the next step? SmallBasic is a free downloadable program from Microsoft that teaches a programming language designed to transition students from block-based coding to the more advanced text-based coding. SmallBasic can be found at smallbasic.com.
3. Codecademy.com offers free structured curriculum in 12 different programming languages. Most courses take fewer than 11 hours to complete.