What is the Hour of Code?
The Hour of Code is a week-long event each year during Computer Science Education Week (December 7-13, 2020). During this event, millions of people code – oftentimes for the first time. The Hour of Code was started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code” to show that anybody can learn the basics. It has now expanded into a worldwide movement to broaden participation in the field of computer science.
How Can I Take Part in Hour of Code?
The 7 Free Coding Lessons
Lesson 1 – Hour of Code – Bestie Greeting Card
Lesson 2 – Hour of Code – Code a Snapchat Filter
Filters have a lot of elements! Students will use colors, text, and images to create their own Snapchat filter. Students understand the different arguments used in creating images and which properties can be modified using dot notation.
Lesson 3 – Hour of Code – Code the News
It’s the HOC News! Videos and graphics are all about tech, diversity, kids, and coding. Finished projects can be uploaded to the school website as the report on the HOC itself. Teachers can encourage students to use the news to report on what they learned, or a statistic for their school. “Breaking News: 400 students at Roosevelt participate in the Hour of Code”
Lesson 4 – Hour of Code – Deal With It
Start coding for good by creating animations featuring notable women leaders and quotes that express their point of view. Explore leadership, power and strength of conviction by repurposing the popular “deal with it” meme.
Lesson 5 – Hour of Code – Community Ma
In this Hour of Code, you’ll learn to collect and analyze data for community engagement, by collecting data and visualizing it on a map. You’ll have created a map with your own sourced data that you can use to educate your local community!
Lesson 6 – Hour of Code – Plastic Pollution PSA
The goal of this Hour of Code lesson is to increase students’ awareness of the problem of plastic pollution, and the growing Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Students will create a project to help promote awareness of the Ocean’s plight.
Lesson 7 – Hour of Code – Eclipse Simulation
Why These Coding Lessons?
In the 21st century, computer science is about curing diseases, cleaning oceans, aiming for gender and race equality, and addressing global poverty. Today’s youth will one day create technology to address the world’s problems. This is why many of these free coding lessons have an emphasis on coding with a cause. Join us in this movement, to give every student in every school the opportunity to learn computer science and develop a brighter future.
Continuing Your Coding Journey
Registering for these free coding lessons is a great place to start on your coding journey. However, at Classroom Antics, we realize that to master a skill like coding, you must continue to practice and develop those skills. This is why we offer many additional coding programs like our in-person summer camps Creative Coders and Minecraft Coding. We also have a Virtual Coding Club that meets after-school in small groups (and has a self-led option).