Backed by a glittering array of industry heavy-hitters, the Hour of Code is run by US non-profit Code.org. The Hour of Code campaign aims to demystify computer science for students by taking them through introductory tutorials that can be completed online, on a smart phone, or unplugged. Code.org will offer online tutorials authored by numerous educational groups and is challenging teachers, parents and even employers to encourage students of all ages.
Code.org is a non-profit dedicated to growing computer science education by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Their vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer programming: “We believe computer science should be part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses, such as biology, physics, chemistry and algebra.” Those are aims I heartily endorse. For more information, please visit: www.code.org.
This is all centered around Computer Science Education Week in the US (December 9-15), but there’s absolutely nothing to stop an Australian school, community group or organisation signing up. It’s a great opportunity to expose kids to programming and raise the profile of the importance of computer science in the future of education. Locally, the lovely Grok.com already has a range of Hour of Code modules up on their website.
For all the gory details on the Hour of Code see here.