An Hour of Code, You’re Doing it Right?

by | Dec 2, 2017 | Uncategorized

What is Hour of Code?

The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week. The 2017 Computer Science Education Week will be December 4-10, but you can host an Hour of Code all year round.  As you may have guessed from the name, Hour of Code is a 60 minute block of time when people around the world are challenged to complete at least one hour of coding to show that “anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science.” While it’s received a lot of traction in schools, every year different groups start to jump on board. In recent years, a growing number of businesses like Disney, Apple, and a slew of others  have started to commit themselves to an hour of code as well. Here at Kyte, we embraced our Hour of Code with open arms (and fingers). The real goal is for families to commit to their own hour at home as well. Check out some of the websites below that will help even the most novice of coders try their hand and coding for free.

Two cool coding kits for your classroom

Hour of Code has spotlighted the growing importance of having a basic understanding of coding skills in our our technology-dependent world. More and more companies are designing toys for K-3 age kids that focus on teaching the fundamentals of coding. One such company (you’ve heard us talk about them before)  is Wonder Workshop. We think they have some of the best products out there because their products are proven to help kids become engaged in learning to code by adding a hardware aspects that lets them manipulate a kid-friendly robot (Dash and Dot) as they code.

Another company we’ve had our eye on lately is Piper. It’s a computer kit that teaches you how to create your own basic computer and accompanying software. They send you a kit that you put together using a blueprint. Once you’ve built your computer you can start playing a game. In the Minecraft version, you have to stop and build new physical electronic components in order to advance your character. This can include new controllers and physical sensors.  The kit that you buy comes with a wooden box that acts as your computer case, a screen, battery, speaker, and SD card with preloaded levels. Oh, and it comes with a Raspberry Pi with built in Wi-Fi allowing the user to use the Raspberry Pi afterwards and program it to do hundreds of other things. Piper is a fun learning tool to use in the classroom or at home to gets kids in the spirit of code.

Get involved for free

www.code.org

www.w3schools.com

www.tynker.com

www.hourofcode.com

www.khanacademy.org/hourofcode

 

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