Computer Science Education Week is celebrated starting on the 9th of December each year in rememberance of Admiral Grace Hopper, a pioneer in the computing field. This year to celebrate, Code.org is launching the Hour of Code campaign as a celebration geared to encourage interest in the field of computer science and show that anyone can learn the basics.
Why Computer Science? Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. Basic programming activities help nurture creativity and problem solving skills. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any future career path. Computer programming jobs are growing 3x faster than students entering the field. Yet fewer schools teach computer science than 10 years ago. 90% of K-12 schools in the United States don’t even teach it.
What is the Hour of Code
1 A self-guided activity for students of all ages, kindergarten and up. Tutorials will work on a browser, tablet, smartphone, or even with no computer at all.
2 No experience needed from teachers and students.
3 Tutorials will feature lectures from Mark Zuckerburg and Bill Gates, and artwork from popular games Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies.
4 An effort to demystify code, and change the conversation around computer science.
Haverhill High School
We are holding our Hour of Code today (12.10.2013) at the Haverhill High School in Haverhill, MA. Hoping for a good turnout!
Check out some recommended reading for those interested in getting into programming here.