What is Hour of Code?
Hour of Code began in 2014 as a one hour introduction to Computer Science. It was developed as a way to demystify “code” and broaden participation. Schools, businesses, and communities across the globe participate in one hour of coding during Computer Science Education week. While one hour is not enough to learn how to code, it does work to break down stereotypes and open doors for students who may not otherwise see themselves represented in the field of computing. The hour is about showing teachers and students that computer science is fun at any age. If you would like to know more about the impact that Hour of Code has has made an global impact, visit their website.
When is Hour of Code?
Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week, the same week as computing pioneer, Admiral Grace Murray Hopper’s birthday (December 9, 1906). It can happen any hour during this week! And yes, you can do it for more or less than one hour. It has been reported that school children come home from school this week and voluntarily complete a number of “extra” hours just for fun.
Why do Hour of Code?
Students who have an opportunity to learn computer science also gain problem-solving skills, logic, and creativity. Early exposure to this field will help all students feel capable and confident and if they choose this 21st century career path. Regardless of what our students do when they grow up, whether they go into medicine, business, politics, or the arts, knowing how to build technology will give them confidence and a competitive edge.
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