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Get ready for Hour of Code Week!

2017 November 30
by Henry Stokes

Next week is Computer Science Education Week and it’s when libraries and other organizations all over the world offer Hour of Code events.  Hour of Code is considered the largest learning event in history!  Four years ago, an initiative was started by to encourage people to learn computer programming. It’s grown since then: over 400 million people from more than 180 countries have participated, and next week, over 100,000 events are being held which will break the half a billion mark.

Why have an Hour of Code event at your library?

All career fields rely on computing. And as we move into the future, knowing how to code is going to be an important skill to be familiar with.  It’s important that people of all ages and backgrounds understand that anyone can learn to use computers to solve problems.  Libraries with their focus on STEM/STEAM programming and maker spaces are the perfect space to offer programming about computer coding skills.  The Hour of Code initiative offers fantastic resources so that a library can offer 1-hour tutorials for its community – with no experience needed!

Want to learn how you can get started with Hour of Code? Start here at this simple How-To Guide

And here are just some of the Texas public libraries that are offering Hour of Code events next week:

If your library hosts an Hour of Code event next week:  Let me know how it went afterwards!

And while we’re on the subject, check out this great article about the Girls Who Code program at Seguin Public Library – featuring two former TSLACers, Bonnie Cope and Hannah Farmer.

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