Hour of Code
The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Computer science is a foundation for every student. Join us to help millions of new learners start with one Hour of Code.
The goal of the Hour of Code is not to teach anybody to become an expert computer scientist in one hour. One hour is only enough to learn that computer science is fun and creative, that it is accessible at all ages, for all students, regardless of background. Millions of the participating teachers and students have decided to go beyond one hour - to learn for a whole day or a whole week or longer, and many students have decided to enroll in a whole course (or even a college major) as a result.
WHAT IS THE HOUR OF CODE?
“The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Computer science is a foundation for every student. Join us to help millions of new learners start with one Hour of Code.” (Code.org, 2015)
Some reasons SFASD is committed to the Hour of Code:
- Forbes Magazine projected that by 2020, computer related employment will rise by 22 percent (Morrison, 2013)
- Computer science is a top paying college degree and computer-programming jobs are growing at 2x the national average.
- Less than 2.4% of college students graduate with a degree in computer science. And the numbers have dropped since the last decade.
- Exposure to computer sciences leads to some of the best-paying jobs in the world. But 75% of our population is underrepresented.
- While 57% of bachelor degrees are earned by women, just 12% of computer science degrees are awarded to women.
- HOC presents opportunities for problem-based learning
- Coding is the language of computers and computer science is increasingly important in the modern world
- A majority of high school don’t offer computer-programming classes – Spring-Ford Area High School offers Computer Science, an Advanced Placement (AP) course that teaches program definition, design, implementation, analysis, standard data structures and standard algorithms.
The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week. The 2017 Computer Science Education Week will be December 4-10, but you can host an Hour of Code all year round.
- Students in grades K-8 will be engaging in Hour of Code Activities during the school day at some point during Hour of Code week.
- High school students will learn about coding in their homeroom and in various classes throughout the week.