#HourOfCode 2015

From December 7th to 11th, Digital Leaders @ SJHS run a series of #HourOfCode sessions at the Genius Bar in association with Code.org!

What is #HourOfCode?
Launched in 2013, Code.org is a non-profit organisation dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Their vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. They believe computer science and computer programming should be part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses, such as biology, physics, chemistry and algebra. Sound interesting? Why not check out their video here.

During the week, Digital Leaders led sessions focused on using block based coding to help students develop their coding skills. In particular the Minecraft puzzles and Flappy Bird games proved popular.

If you would like to have a go yourself, you can check out the resources available online here.

What next?
If you missed the #HourOfCode sessions or you want to develop your skills even further, there are many ways you can do so.

You can learn to code at home with Code.org using either a desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile device. This year, Code.org have teamed up with the makers Minecraft, Star Wars, Angry Birds and Flappy Bird, with the aim of reaching students worldwide. If you fancy a bit more of a challenge, you can check out the “Go Beyond an Hour” resources here.

Alternatively, there are a range of amazing apps, books and iTunes U courses available here on the App Store, to help develop your skills further.

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