Hour of Code, launched in 2013, is a “… grassroots campaign encouraging students to try their hand at computer science, break stereotypes and remove the veil of mystery that surrounds this field”. The 2013 campaign reached 44 million students worldwide, while this year’s plan is to reach 100 million students around the world.
Today, we hosted our very own Hour of Code event in partnership with software engineers and education evangelists from Google Australia, our neighbours. While we’re not exactly the target audience for the event, we thought this would be a great opportunity to get together and talk tech in a safe, friendly environment and just give it a go.
So, I encourage you to go to the website and try some of the tutorials – before you know it you’ll be coding too!
Thanks Sally-Ann, Nick and Sarah from Google Oz – we learned a lot and had lots of fun, while opening our eyes to possibilities, as one of our colleagues said in an email:
Thank you again for organising today – you have shown a gateway to a whole new world.
Here’s an article from ABC news about the importance of learning code: Hour of Code: Young Australian students explore computer science, as numbers of IT graduates shrink.