Hour of Code Is Coming – And You Can Participate!

Do you want to learn how to code?

Many of you participated in the first-ever “Hour of Code” during Computer Science Education Week last year. Thousands of Maine students participated in computer science in this huge national effort. And Computer Science Education Week is coming up again, December 8-14, 2014.

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.

MMSA’s Reach Center also supported the Hour of Code initiative in Maine last year and sent 1-GB USB wristbands to middle and high school students who participated in Hour of Code and then shared with us what they learned. We’re doing that again this year.

So, 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, or participate on your own.

2. Visit http://reachcenter.me/hourofcode and tell us who you are and what you did (for Maine youth in grades 5–12). The form will be available starting December 8.

3. We’ll send you a USB-drive wristband, in your choice of green or blue, 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.

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. The tutorials are online. 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.

Also, 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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