How to: Hour of Code

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If you didn’t know, don’t feel bad I didn’t either, this week December 7th-13th is Computer Science Education week. Now, if that doesn’t sound like the most exciting awareness event in the world, consider that according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, by 2020, 4.6 million of 9.2 million science, technology, engineering and math jobs will be in computing. That is a huge growth for an industry that wasn’t even in existence 70 years ago. One of the most noteworthy events of Computer Science Education week is the Hour of Code. Hour of Code is a campaign to introduce people all over the world to computer programming by spending an hour learning the basics of coding.

By 2020, 4.6 million of 9.2 million science, technology, engineering and math jobs will be in computing

Your local school district may be offering some opportunities for participating in this event, but you also have the opportunity to do it within your own family. Most likely this is a daunting idea, just introducing your kids to coding, not to mention spending a whole hour doing it. Thats where Hour of Code and come in. On their website they have games that introduce these basic ideas in a fun way. Think Frozen, Star Wars, and Minecraft based games where kids get to control their favorite characters by writing code. If you’re still not 100% confident on your abilities to learn, these games are simple enough that kids can do them on their own. In fact, once they master those basic games there are more advanced ones to master.

Think Frozen, Star Wars, and Minecraft

Introducing your child to computer coding now has a couple different benefits. One being, they’ll have something enriching and entertaining to do over Christmas break. Second, it will teach them valuable skills that they’ll be able to take into their future work no matter what career they end up in. Schedule your Hour of Code today and give your kids a head start in programming their future.