Hour of Code  is an annual event (held in December during Computer Science Education Week ) created in 2013 to encourage students to learn computer science and advocate for more schools to teach it. Only 25 percent of U.S. schools teach computer science, according to Computer Science Education Week. That's where libraries come in: By hosting an Hour of Code event, librarians provide a platform for patrons to receive an engaging introduction to computer programming. If you're interested in hosting an Hour of Code event at your library but aren't sure where to start, read on to see how we did it!
This was the second year our library organized the Hour of Code event, and it was a ton of fun! The idea is that you can start with just one hour of learning programming and go from there. Although the annual event is held in December, libraries can host it year-round. The project's curriculum is housed on code.org , which contains a number of fun, accessible coding activities.
Since all of the activities are browser-based, the Hour of Code can easily be done from home, but it's fun to do it in a group setting. It's also easier to manage if you have volunteers who know at least the basics of computer science.
How We Did It
First, sign up on the Hour of Code website to let organizers know you will be hosting an event. This is not strictly necessary, but it is helpful for expanding your event's reach. Users of the website can search for nearby events, and if you're on the map, you may get some new patrons out of the deal.
Pick a Tutorial
The Day of the Event
After the Event