The Hour of Code is Coming: Are You Ready?
Have you heard of the Hour of Code? If you haven’t then you are missing out! The Hour of Code first started out as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to show that anyone could learn the basics of coding. Since then, it has blossomed into a worldwide effort (reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries) to celebrate the art of computer science and to discover coding. The goal isn’t to teach anyone to become a computer scientist in an hour, but to show how fun and creative computer science can be.
“The Hour of Code is designed to demystify code and show that computer science is not rocket science—anybody can learn the basics,” said Hadi Partovi, founder and CEO of Code.org.
The official Hour of Code takes place during Computer Science Education Week held December 3rd – 9th (in honor of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper). Twiga Tutors is jumping on board and we are thrilled to announce that we are the official host of the very first FREE Hour of Code for American Foreign Service and Military Kids based overseas! Many students do not get the opportunity to learn coding when overseas and we want to change that. Technology is everywhere and learning to code will not only improve your problem-solving skills, but will increase your potential as a future job candidate!
There are now 24 states in the United States that have created K-12 Computer Science Standards in the public education system – including Virginia, Florida, and California – with many more states on the way. According to a Gallup Research Study (commissioned by Google), 93% of parents want their child’s school to teach Computer Science.
According to Code.org, “With technology changing every industry on the planet, computing knowledge has become part of a well-rounded skill set. But fewer than half of all schools teach computer science! Good news is, we’re on our way to change this. If you heard about the Hour of Code last year, you might know it made history. 100 million students have now discovered how accessible and fun computer science can be by doing just one Hour of Code. The demand for relevant 21st-century computer science education crosses all borders and knows no boundaries.”
Twiga Tutors is looking forward to making this a fun experience for all of those involved. We are hosting competitions during the week and offering prizes (such as ROBOTS) for those who completed the most units during Computer Science Education Week.
Our certified American Teacher, Emily Batson, is registering students NOW and registration runs through the end of November. E-mail us to get registered today so you don’t miss out on the adventure!