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Try an Hour of Code

Begin learning about computer sciences and coding.


WHAT YOU'LL NEED

Computer
WiFiInternet
 

STEP 1
TIME: 5 MINUTES

Hour of Code Online

Coding is cool, right? Yeah, we’ve all heard that, but why is coding important? Find some answers in the video What Most Schools Don’t Teach.

But isn’t coding difficult? No. You — yes, you — can code for an hour, starting right now.
Begin the session with a brainstorm. Ask: "What is computer coding?" Listen to several ideas before sharing the definition that coding is a specific way to write instructions that a computer can understand. Next, ask the group to brainstorm technology that requires coding. Ask students how they feel about coding. Are they interested in it? As a group, watch the video What Most Schools Don’t Teach.

If there are no computers available for students, you can do this project by choosing an Hour of Code activity that does not require technology. Browse a collection of these no-tech activities on the CS Fundamentals Unplugged page.

Do you have absolutely no experience with coding? That's fine, because no experience is necessary. You can learn alongside members. Throughout this project, it’s OK to answer members’ questions with "I don’t know. Let’s figure it out together." You can also encourage members to ask each other questions and work together through the tricky bits. This attitude helps support the collaborative vibe that is essential to computer science communities.

To find ideas for engaging girls in coding, check out the article 4 Ways to Recruit Girls to Try Computer Science.

STEP 2
TIME: 5 MINUTES

Get Started Coding

Go to the Hour of Code activities page.

-- Use the filters along the left side of the page. Selecting options under filters lets you narrow down the number of activities that you choose from.
-- Chose the grade you are in and a topic or two that interests you. Then click on the coding activity you want to do.
-- Scroll through the activities and choose one that looks interesting.
Direct members to HourOfCode.com. Then have them select ACTIVITIES in the bar at the top of the page. Say: "Use the filters along the left side of the page. Selecting options under filters lets you narrow down the number of activities that you choose from. Chose the grade you are in and a topic or two that interests you. Then click on the coding activity you want to do. Scroll through the activities and choose one that looks interesting."

If there are not enough computers for everyone, have members work in pairs or small groups. If all the members are working in pairs, you may want to share the fun video Pair Programming.


STEP 3
TIME: 60 MINUTES

Go For It

Do the tutorial. There’s not a minute to lose for your hour of code.

If you get stuck, try looking at the issue another way. Try something different. If you have questions, ask other members. Just like professional computer scientists, be part of a collaborative community by learning from others and sharing your own knowledge.
Why don’t you choose an activity and do an hour of code yourself? This is a great project to model because it shows the novelty and accessibility of coding. Youth love working on the same projects as adults.

STEP 4
TIME: 5 MINUTES

Wrap Up

So, what did you think of your hour of code? Did any of your ideas about coding change? Did you like it? Did anything surprise you? Talk about your thoughts with a friend or two. Or, if you prefer, write them down.
Lead a wrap-up discussion. Ask:
-- So, what do you think of your hour of code?
-- Did any of your ideas about coding change?
-- Did anything surprise you?
-- What did you like or dislike?
-- Is there something you would like to learn to code?


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