Hour of Code

What is 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. It is the largest learning event in history: Last year, 15 million students tried computer science in one week. This year, we're joining students worldwide to reach 100 million students! Read their flyer here. Or watch the video here.


Why is MCS participating?

We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. But only a tiny fraction of students are learning computer science, and fewer students are studying it than a decade ago. That’s why our entire school is joining in.

Participating in Hour of Code is a statement that MCS is committed to teaching these foundational 21st century skills. We already have curriculum which teaches programming to some elementary, junior high and high school grades. Hour of Code will give an introduction to programming to students in every grade, and we will follow it up with:

  • age-appropriate instruction to all elementary students
  • programming in the required junior high computer class
  • the high school programming elective class

We want to make our Hour of Code event huge. This is a chance for us to change the future of education at MCS and the future for our students as they move on to higher education.

When is it?

The goal is for tens of millions of students to try an Hour of Code during December 7-11, 2015, in celebration of Computer Science Education Week. MCS students will be participating during that week as follows:

  • High School students will do it during a designated lunch period, using their iPads
  • Junior High School students will be pulled out from their PE classes to the computer lab
  • Elementary school students (even kindergarteners!) will do it during their regularly scheduled computer time using iPads or the lab computers.


How does it work?

Students will be given the opportunity to choose from several different, self-paced activities designed to introduce them to computer science. There are activities targeted to all grade levels. Those students who have some experience with computer science will be free to choose a more advanced option.

Can Parents help?

Yes! We would love to have parent volunteers any time during the week of Dec 7-11, as students will be participating at almost all times. If you would like to volunteer, watch this space and the Eagle Express for signup details.

Can Parents try it?

Yes! You can try last year's activities by going to http://code.org/learn. There will be new tutorials for this year's Hour of Code, so your students may be doing something different. But please don't have your student do the activities before the Hour of Code week!


Visit the Hour of Code website. Or email Mrs. York, our Hour of Code coordinator.

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