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.
states that it is an introduction to coding principals. It helps students explore the world of computer science and helps shape their sequencing, perseverance, and critical thinking skills.
The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week
. The 2017 Computer Science Education Week will be December 4-10, 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).
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
Start planning here
by reviewing our how-to guide. You can organize an Hour of Code event at your school or in your community — like in an extracurricular club, non-profit or at work. Or, just try it yourself when Dec. 4 arrives.
The Hour of Code is driven by the Hour of Code and Computer Science Education Week Advisory and Review Committees
as well as an unprecedented coalition of partners that have come together to support the Hour of Code — including Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the College Board.
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 — we take care of the rest. We also
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!
There are Hour of Code tutorials that work on PCs, smartphones, tablets, and some that require no computer at all! You can join wherever you are, with whatever you have.Here are a few options:
- Work in pairs. Research shows students learn best with pair programming, sharing a computer and working together. Encourage your students to double up.
- Use a projected screen. If you have a projector and screen for a Web-connected computer, your entire group can do an Hour of Code together. Watch video portions together and take turns solving puzzles or answering questions.
- Go unplugged. We offer tutorials that require no computer at all.
There is no signup or login is required for students to try the Hour of Code. Most of
the follow-on courses require account creation to save student progress. Also, signing up for the Hour of Code does NOT automatically create a Code Studio account. If you do want to create accounts for your students, please follow these instructions.
Go to the certificates page where you can print certificates for your entire class ahead of time. You can also print out special certificates for students doing the Minecraft tutorial.
The Hour of Code tracker isn’t an exact measurement of usage. We do not count unique student IDs perfectly when tracking participation in the Hour of Code, especially because we don’t require students to log in or register. As a result, we both over-count and under-count participants at the same time. Read all the details here.
- Find a guest speaker
- Show videos
- Learn about careers in tech
- Put up posters
- Grow participation by women
- Other materials
If you would like my help, contact me and we can plan a lesson and set up your event. I have resources and lessons we can use.
*Information from Hour of Code official website*