Hour of Code Is Coming – And You Can Participate!

Hour of Code is back! And there will be even more opportunities to explore coding, whether you’re new to it or have been learning to code for a while. Tell a friend!

If you’re interested in learning to code, here’s what to do:

1. Do the Hour of Code at http://code.org during the week of December 8–14. You can go to hourofcode.com to find sites near you, register your site, or participate on your own.

2. Submit the form to tell us what you did (for Maine youth in grades 5–12) and what you’re interested in doing next with your coding. WOW! We are so excited that thousands of Maine young people participated in Hour of Code! The USB wristband giveaway has ended…but stay tuned, because there will be more opportunities! We are compiling the data from our computer science interest survey and the information will be published shortly.

3. We’ll send you a USB-drive wristband, in your choice of green or blue (while supplies last), with some useful information to help you continue in your coding adventures!

Anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, an innovator. Whether you’re a student, parent, or teacher in a classroom or an afterschool club, check out Code.org’s tutorials and get involved in Hour of Code.

We also want everyone to know about the “Beyond the Hour of Code” section at Code.org, which includes prizes for students and teachers who participate in the 20-hour online K-8 Intro to Computer Science. Whether you’re a student, parent, or teacher in a classroom or an afterschool club, check out Code.org’s 20-hour online course. Students can get started and sign up here.

Students can investigate Maine programs that fit their interests in our STEM Resource Bank. Computer science can go in many directions: programming robots for industry or fun, creating 3-D or other animation videos, developing apps for mobile devices, and even teaching others how computers work.

And it all begins with an hour of code.

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