The Hour of Code week runs from December 5-11, 2016. The Hour of Code is a worldwide movement which reaches tens of millions of students in more than 180 countries. The event is organized by Code.org, a non-profit dedicated to increasing interest in computer science.
The goal of the Hour of Code is to introduce coding to children, and help them understand anyone can learn the basics of programming. Pupils and teachers around the world are encouraged to participate in the Hour of Code. In case you cannot find an event that is convenient for you, you are welcome to organize an Hour of Code event yourself!
The reason behind all the Hour of Code events is that we believe every student should have an opportunity to learn programming. Programming is an important skill that promotes problem-solving skills, and boosts logical thinking and creativity – just to mention a few of the positive effects. It is also a skill that will become increasingly important in the near future, as technology is used more and more in almost every profession. Besides excellent career prospects, understanding the basics of programming also helps the children to understand the technology behind the devices they use daily, which is can be extremely useful knowledge.
The organizing power behind the event is Code.org, a non-profit wanting to make programming more widely available for children. Numerous major technology companies, such as Microsoft, Apple, and Amazon, support the Hour of Code.
Activities and methods
The Hour of Code activities work on a do-it-yourself basis. On the Hour of Code website numerous activities and tutorials are listed according to age groups and languages. As the name suggests, completing one activity takes one hour. Also bigger activities are available, so it is also possible to spend more time getting to know what coding is about. The Hour of Code offers opportunities for all ages and experience levels, from primary school to higher education.
Once on the website, a good place to start is reading the manual. The Hour of Code tutorials and activities work on all browsers and devices (PCs, smartphones and tablets). In fact, there are also a couple of activities that can be completed offline, without a single device.
Everyone is welcome to participate in the Hour of Code independently, although we recommend to try coding together. This is because research has shown that the most efficient way for students to learn is by ‘pair programming’ – and obviously, it is way more fun with a friend. Pupils can, for example, share a computer and work together on one assignment, or try to solve a problem with even bigger group.
We at Bomberbot are proud to provide activities as a part of the Hour of Code week! You can find all our activities here.
Would you like to continue programming in class after the Hour of Code? In that case, you can attend our free pilot! During the pilot you get to explore our all-inclusive learning platform, designed to help primary school teachers to teach computer programming without any previous knowledge required. We recommend teachers to plan one lesson per week in order to get a clear picture of programming classes and what Bomberbot can actually do for you.