Join an Hour of Code!
Computers are everywhere, but fewer schools teach computer science than 10 years ago.
The good news is, we’re on our way to change this. If you’ve heard about the Hour of Code before, you might know it made history. More than 100 million students have tried an Hour of Code with fun online games and tutorials featuring Star Wars, Minecraft, and Frozen.
This year, students of the FLVS STEM Club will give presentations about creating websites and more. Last year, every Apple Store in the world hosted an Hour of Code and even President Obama wrote his first line of code as part of the campaign.
Over 100 partners have joined together to support this movement.
With the Hour of Code, computer science has been on homepages of Google, MSN, Yahoo! and Disney. This year, let’s make it even bigger! Get involved with an Hour of Code event during Computer Science Education Week, December 7-13.
To help celebrate, the FLVS FT Technology Club and the STEM/Science Club are partnering together to offer two Hour of Code sessions open to all FLVS students and staff:
Hour of Code with FLVS FT Tech Club & STEM/Science Club
Tuesday, December 8th at 7pm – or – Wednesday, December 9th at 1pm
Students will present information on Java, using HTML to create a 1 page website and more!
Join the session here: http://tinyurl.com/FLVSTechnologyClub
Get the word out!
Host an event or ask your local school to sign up. Or try the Hour of Code yourself. Everyone can benefit from learning the basics – and you can give the tutorials a try at any time!
Get started at www.hourofcode.com.
What is the Hour of Code?
The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. Check out the tutorials. You can organize an Hour of Code event at your school or in your community — like in an extracurricular club, non-profit or at work. Or, just try it yourself when Dec. 7 arrives.
When is the Hour of Code?
Anybody can host an Hour of Code anytime, but the grassroots campaign goal is for tens of millions of students to try an Hour of Code during December 7-13, in celebration of Computer Science Education Week. Is it one specific hour? No. You can do the Hour of Code anytime during this week. (And if you can’t do it during that week, do it the week before or after).
Why Computer Science?
Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path. See more stats on code.org.
Will there be a workshop on learning C# by any chance?
Not that we are hosting specifically, but there are events across the state and online that might! You can view a list of some participants in Florida here: https://hourofcode.com/us/events/special/us/fl
If you live in Orlando, here is an event that will offer coding classes for developing web apps: https://goo.gl/xrThZN
One of our students (our Tech Club VP) also created a tutorial on creating an Android app: https://goo.gl/PFk8pB
How can I take a course to learn code?
Visit this link to view the free courses being offered by Code.org: https://studio.code.org. You can also check out this series by Khan Academy: https://www.khanacademy.org/computing/hour-of-code/hour-of-code-tutorial/v/welcome-hour-of-code
Is there a chance they do other days other than this?
The tutorials on http://code.org are available year-round! Our club events are only scheduled during Computer Science Ed Week, but there are other local events you can check out at http://HourofCode.org (including all Apple stores next week).
it would be great if FLVS turned the hour of code into an actual course. I KNOW ID SIGN UP FOR IT! will it happen?
We’ll be shooting for 100% participation in HoC by the 86,000 students in our district, led by about 5,800 educators. These are great pointers toward where to start and expand when students become interested per the goal of the effort. Marketing, fashion, and lots of other non-computing-centric sectors are undergoing radical changes due to computing.
As I tell my students, they want to have at least two skill sets that are as orthogonal (non-overlapping) as possible, at least one of which should be something you can always get a job doing, and the others can be what you’re most interested in.
The fashion industry is moving to computer numerical controlled (CNC) fabric panel laser cutters and robotic sewing machines driven by scaled CAD drawing data, as just one example one probably wouldn’t expect.
The medical sector has embedded drug/nutrient delivery systems everywhere that are linked to sensor and vitals measurement systems for integrated, more customized patient treatment, where every drop is metered and logged (a very important legal requirement that lawyers need to understand how to interpret).