This video showcases Coseley Year 7 and 8 students trying out the Hour of Code, a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. To learn more about hour of code please visit hourofcode.com/uk
Hour of Code, what is it?
People all over the world got involved in Hour of Code week, an initiative created by code.org to introduce as many kids as possible to computer science. 8,834,344 people in the UK have already tried an Hour of Code. The Hour of Code is a global phenomenon reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Since launching in 2013 more girls have tried computer science than in the last 70 years. As part of this, all year 7 & 8 students took part in the event during the week 7-11 December.
Who’s it for and can I have a go?
There are loads of tutorials to choose from including ones from Minecraft, Star Wars, and Disney’s Frozen. The one-hour introduction to computer science is designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. Check out the tutorials, they’re self-guided – all you have to do is pick one, pick an hour and they take care of the rest. They also have options for every age and experience-level, from primary up.
Where can it lead to?
While the tech industry waits on this new breed of up and coming coding enthusiasts, there is a fairly large skills gap in need of addressing. The kind of roles that graduates could expect to go on to range from software developer to web developer and more.
Try an hour of code this week, and see where it takes you! hourofcode.com/uk