Hour of Code Information from Hadi Partovi of Code.org

October 12, 2013 at 7:28 am 2 comments

This December, to celebrate Computer Science Education Week, we’re organizing a massive campaign to encourage 10 million students (and adults) to try an Hour of Code. This will be the largest initiative of its kind, ever.

Please help us recruit your local school, community organizations, or even your company to participate. Learn more.

What’s the Hour of Code?

It’s an introduction to computer science designed to demystify “code” and show that anyone can learn the basics. There will be a variety of hour-long tutorials everyone can do – on a web-browser, tablet, smartphone, or even with no computer at all.

How can you help?

  • At your local school: Share this handout with your teacher or the principal.
  • At your company: Share this handout with your manager, or the CEO.
  • In your community: Use this handout to recruit a local group – boy scouts club, church, university, veterans group, or labor union. Or host an Hour of Code “block party” for your neighborhood.

Calling all students – regardless of age

Computer science is an important foundation for all students, for all careers. Too many people think programming is hard or requires math; the Hour of Code is designed to inspire.

Help your school win a computer lab

Code.org will gift 50 class-sets of laptops to 50 lucky schools, one in every state in the US. Ask your local school to plan an Hour of Code for every grade to qualify.

Let’s make history: Help bring 10,000,000 students to try an Hour of Code

Anybody Can Learn

Non-English language support

The Hour of Code materials will be available in several languages. If you want to help us as a volunteer translator, let us know.

Thank you for your support,

Hadi Partovi
Founder, Code.org

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Adam Walmsley  |  October 13, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    I will be doing an hour of coding on codeavengers.com. An awesome resource i found through code.org. Thanks!

  • 2. Mark Guzdial  |  October 15, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    More on Hour of Code from Mehran Sahami

    To celebrate Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 9-15), Code.org
    (partnering with Microsoft, Google, Apple, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, the
    Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and over 100 others) is organizing the
    largest initiative of its kind: a campaign to get 10 million students of all
    ages to try computer science for one hour. I’m writing to ask your help.

    Sign up and learn more at http://hourofcode.com/

    What is the Hour of Code? (No experience needed)
    It’s a one-hour intro to CS — on a browser, smartphone, or unplugged. It
    would be great if educators from all disciplines would host it in
    classrooms. The online tutorials will require no prior experience.

    Recruit Your Entire School to Participate
    Most students are intimidated by CS; this campaign is a chance to inspire
    them to try. Share this brochure:
    or this homemade how-to video:

    Or get creative and define your own “Hour of Code” activities. More info is
    available here:

    * If you’re a K-12 educator, please recruit your principal and other
    teachers to get involved.
    * If you’re university faculty, please host an Hour of Code with your
    department for the entire campus. Have your students recruit others to take
    the Hour of Code throughout the week. Or reach ask your students to connect
    with local K-12 schools.

    Prizes for EVERY Educator!
    *Every* educator who registers to host an Hour of Code will get a gift of
    10GB of free DropBox storage. And Code.org will donate a full class-set of
    laptops to one public, K-12 school in every state that hosts an Hour of Code
    for all its grades. Just register your school’s participation (at:
    http://csedweek.org/participate) by Nov. 15 to qualify.

    Please, help make a difference. This is our chance to make CS history!

    Thanks for your support,

    Mehran Sahami
    Professor (Teaching)
    Associate Chair for Education
    Computer Science Department
    Stanford University


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