It’s Computer Science Education Week and tens of millions of students in 180+ countries are being introduced to computer science and computer programming through a program called Hour of Code.
What is the Hour of Code?
The Hour of Code is a global movement by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 45 languages. No experience needed. Ages 4 to 104.
Computer Science and Kids
Geeks like my software engineer husband and myself get excited when it comes to computer science being taught to kids. WHY? Both my husband and I are both self taught because “back in our day” computer science education wasn’t that big of a deal. Sure, there was coding a rainbow in Pascal or playing Oregon Trail on the school library computer – and those few and far between moments on the computer opened the door for my husband and I to have a long career in the tech field.
Introduce Your Kids to Coding
Want your kids to participate in an Hour of Code event? Throw one your self, or check out the coding workshops below at Microsoft stores.
Minecraft Coding Tutorial
If your kids are like mine and totally into Minecraft – Microsoft and Code.org have teamed up with a Minecraft coding tutorial to inspire all young people to try coding. Give it a try online, or better yet – find a Microsoft Store Hour of Code Camp (keep reading!)
The tutorial allows players to create their own custom game experience, plugging together blocks of code to control the behaviors of sheep, zombies and other creatures. It includes a set of 12 challenges, followed by free play time so users can create a game using the coding concepts they’ve just learned.
Microsoft Store Hour of Code Camps
This week (and next in some locations) Microsoft Stores are offerings hundreds of free coding workshops in Microsoft Stores across the globe. The free, 90-minute workshops take part in the global Hour of Code movement during Computer Science Education Week. The workshops are designed for kids ages 8 and older.
Your kids will go behind the scenes to learn how to code, program, and play in your own gaming world. They’lll use kid-friendly programming to learn how creativity and problem solving come together to make something all their own.
Camps fill up quickly.The parent, legal guardian or authorized adult caregiver of every camp participant must remain in the Microsoft store for the duration of the event.
I’ve signed up our 11-year-old for a workshop next week. He is destined to follow his dad’s footsteps into some type of coding. His favorite thing to do is create games with Scratch. My husband has taken him to several coding user groups. Start them while they are young, right?
Read more about Microsoft’s participation with the Computer Science Education Week.