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October 15: Get Involved in CSEdWeek 2013's "Hour of Code" to Introduce Programming to Students of All Ages

Today's Topic: Get Involved in CSEdWeek 2013's "Hour of Code" to Introduce Programming to Students of All Ages

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

CSEdWeek's "Hour of Code" is an exciting new opportunity for you to get people in your community involved in computer programming. The Hour of Code, part of Computer Science Education Week, December 9-15, aims to introduce more than 10 million students of all ages to the basics of coding, and to underscore the critical role of computing in all careers. Hour of Code is intended to demystify computing for people who think programming is hard or requires math. It offers self-guided activities that every student can use to try out the essentials of computer science. It includes a variety of tutorials featuring technology leaders like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg.

As a founding partner of Computer Science Education Week, ACM is inviting you to engage with your families, schools, professional and recreational groups to participate in the Hour of Code. You can play an important role in making computing an integral part of the next generation's future by planning activities such as these:

  • Help recruit teachers, schools and students to participate in the Hour of Code
  • Promote the Hour of Code using social media, traditional media, mailing lists, etc.
  • Host an Hour of Code in your own organization
  • At work, ask your employees or members to organize an Hour of Code at local schools or groups
  • Participate yourself!

Visit CSEdWeek's site for participation and hosting information, as well as videos featuring celebrities providing inspiration and everyday people discovering the magic of coding.

CSEdWeek is a national annual awareness program for computer science education. It is organized by the Computing in the Core Coalition and Code.org to raise awareness (particularly in the K-12 environment) of the importance of CS education and its connection to careers in computing and other fields. The first week in December was chosen for National Computer Science Education Week in honor of the birthday of Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906), one of the outstanding pioneers in the field of computer science.