Published on December 7th, 2015 | by Carli Spina
Combining Fandom and Hour of Code at Your Library
Since 2013, Code.org has aimed to encourage anyone and everyone, though particularly school children, to learn to code. As part of this, they have promoted the Hour of Code initiative, which aims to introduce the basics of coding and hook learners in a single hour. Though Hour of Code events can be run at any time, Code.org focuses their efforts on encouraging groups to run Hour of Code events during Computer Science Education Week each year. December 7th to 13th is this year’s Computer Science Education Week, so it is a great time to explore offering an Hour of Code event at your library. Best of all, Hour of Code now offers some tutorials that make it easy to combine computer science education with fandom programming.
Code.org offers a range of resources for both those who want to teach code and those who want to learn on their own. For those who are specifically interested in running an Hour of Code program, Code.org provides a number of tutorials designed to take about an hour and geared towards various age groups. They also link to even more tutorials that are designed by their partners for Hour of Code, including tutorials from Khan Academy and Tynker. For schools or libraries that can’t provide access to online tutorials, they even link to an offline exercise from Thinkersmith in both English and Spanish that teaches students computer programming concepts.
I hope these resources will help you to offer a successful Hour of Code program! If the initiative truly takes off, Code.org has resources to go beyond this first hour and there are many other tools, such as Codecademy, Scratch, and Hopscotch, that can be used to take coding skills even further.