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. 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 in December. Check out the tutorials and activities at www.hourofcode.org.
In December 2016, NAC Elementary introduced Hour of Code activities to students in grades K-5. Students received a 30-minute analog introduction to the concepts using their bodies and brains without using a computer – and the other half hour of the lesson was applying those concepts to a computer coding program at Code.org. Each December, NAC Elementary students join students around the world in participating in the HOUR OF CODE as well as more in-depth coding and problem-solving activities year-'round in STEM class. Students can continue the fun (learning?) at home by visiting www.code.org or following the links above.
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.