Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to coding to encourage kids to get interested in computer science. Millions of students around the world can try tutorials, both online and unplugged, to celebrate Computer Science Education Week, December 7-13. Anyone, anywhere, ages 4 and up can participate.
I first heard about Hour of Code a year ago. I thought that it was a great idea to get kids involved in learning to code. After talking about it with my colleague, Justin Rolston, he suggested it would be great to host an Hour of Code at CoverMyMeds for employees and their kids. A year later, it happened. Code.org, who initiated the Hour of Code, makes it very easy to plan an event. All the tutorials, planning and promotional materials are available on the website hourofcode.com.
On Saturday, December 5, 2015, we gathered in CoverMyMeds’ community space with 30 kids to code. Our staff chef and crew made cookies and cocoa to add to the festivities. I was impressed how focused and interested the kids were with the Hour of Code tutorials. We used the early learning tutorials for the 4 to 6 age group and the older kids worked independently on their own skill level. The Minecraft tutorial for 2015 seemed to be the favorite.
The CoverMyMeds’ inaugural Hour of Code was a success! We’ll be doing it next year as well. Even if you’ve done it once, you can always do it again on a higher level. This was a great way to engage kids and parents to the importance of learning a programming language. Coding is an important tool for everyone to learn, no matter what career path you choose. As Mark Zuckerberg said, “In fifteen years we’ll be teaching programming just like reading and writing…and wondering why we didn’t do it sooner.” So, join CoverMyMeds, and organize an Hour of Code at your local school, business or community center.