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The team at Awesome Inc has run over a dozen Hour of Code sessions at K-12 schools, introducing over 1200 students to the basics of Computer Science and programming. This course covers a few tips and tricks that we've learned to make these sessions more fun for students, and more enjoyable for teachers/staff/parents to facilitate.
An Hour of Code is an (approximately 1-hour long) event where students get the opportunity to learn the basics of Computer Science through a series of hands-on programming activities.
Before your Hour of Code begins, do the following:
This FULL WALKTHROUGH will explain how to complete each step in the Angry Birds and Plants vs Zombies. Feel free to skip this lecture if you don't need this level of detail.
When our team from Awesome Inc is visiting a school, we have a teacher or staff member introduce us to the students. Typically they say a few words as to why they decided to host an Hour of Code session at their school, as well as mentioning other opportunities (courses, summer camps, clubs, etc) where students who enjoy the Hour of Code session can go next.
We send students to a list of tutorials (most via Code.org or Codecademy) and then our team walks around the room to provide assistance where needed. Peer support (students helping students) is also a big part of this learning experience.
When we're done, we point out to the students that they've all written code. They have a long way to go before they're proficient programmers, but this at least breaks the ice and whets their appetite to learn more. We congratulate them on their progress so far, and inform them of additional resources / next steps for learning to code.
That's it! Go be awesome and host an Hour of Code at your favorite K-12 school!
Founded in 2009, Awesome Inc exists to create and grow high-tech startups. We do this by hosting community events, leading technology education courses, and offering a shared workspace. Our Awesome Fellowship Program provides mentorship for early-stage startups, while our Awesome Inc U program helps anyone learn to code. Our small but nimble team is made up of engineers, designers, marketers, and experienced entrepreneurs. Collectively, we hold masters degrees in economics, business, psychology, and public administration, and have started more than half a dozen companies.