HOUR OF CODE week is an annual event in December encouraging young people to explore computer science. However, the resources are available year round.
Organized by Code.org, the website has helped millions of people learn the fundamentals of computer science.
For those wishing to spend an hour as part of the annual celebration or any time of year, go directly to the hour of code section. Themes include Minecraft, Star Wars, Frozen, Classic Maze, Flappy Code, Infinity Play Lab, Play Lab and Artist.
The Computer Science Fundamentals section is divided into four courses with options for ages 4 through 18. An accelerated course is also available for ages 10 through 18.
Galleries show stories, games, and art created by users. Registered users can choose to Make an App or Draw Something. Then, save it for later exploration and saving.
The website is an effective way to promote computer science at home or at school. The short activities would work great in a classroom or library setting. Set up a library station that includes the website along with fiction books such as Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang and nonfiction works exploring tools such as SCRATCH.
To Learn an Hour of Code, go to https://code.org/learn.
To go to the Code Studio, go to https://studio.code.org/.