Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Hour of Code--An Annual December Event

For many, December might be a month of snow festivities or celebrations of light, but it is also a month devoted to computer coding. If you are new to to the concept of code, this month presents an opportunity to give it a try!

Hour of Code™ Logo
“The 'Hour of Code™' is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week[csedweek.org] and Code.org[code.org] to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.”
A global movement by Code.org, Hour of Codeconsists of entry-level one-hour tutorials that are designed for all ages as a way to introduce yourself to coding. These tutorials are used in classrooms and libraries around the world as a way to engage with groups of students and people that are interested in learning and playing with code. Each year Code.org hosts an annual Hour of Codeto help encourage this global movement.
Screenshot of Scratch coding
A screenshot from an Hour of Code activity using Scratch,
created by coding newbie Tessa Michaelson Schmidt

The main goal of DPI's Coding Initiative in Wisconsin Public Libraries is to increase awareness about coding and computational thinking. Public libraries can play an integral part introducing their community to coding, whether through a library-led program or partnering with a school, neighboring library, or other non-profit organization. The Hour of Code is a good way for libraries that are interested in providing these opportunities to dip their toe into the water. The annual Hour of Code event, December 5-11, is a great way for you see what Hour of Code is all about. Go through one of the tutorials as a first trial and see how it might benefit members of all ages in your community.

Check out the Hour of Code  map to see if there is someone near you that is participating who potentially could be a future partner.

Written by:
Ryan Claringbole and Tessa Michaelson Schmidt
Public Library Development Team