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For the second year in a row, Webmaker and Hive Learning Networks, both Educator Innovator partners, will be participating in the largest learning event in history–the Hour of Code, running from Dec. 8-14, 2014.
Code.org launched this global campaign in 2013, to align with Computer Science Education Week, and to demystify code and show that anyone can learn the basics. Last year, 15 million students participated, and the campaign was supported by education and technology leaders, celebrities and even teachers in your hometown. This year, the goal is to reach 100 million students, to introduce them to an hour of computer science as a means to helping them become better problem-solvers and logistical thinkers, and to explore new outlets for creativity.
This is a chance to be part of something big. Whether in classrooms, afterschool programs, or at home with friends, you can achieve and learn a lot in one hour.
We put together a few fun activities that you can do with others to celebrate the Hour of Code this year. Try coding your first app using local weather data, or remixing your local newspaper’s website. No previous coding experience is required–all you need are a computer, access to the web, and some eager learners (note these activities may be best for ages 8 and up).
Hour of Code in your Hometown
With millions of people participating in this year’s Hour of Code campaign, there are sure to be some events happening near you. These could be great opportunities to learn new skills while also meeting new people, and being introduced to ongoing programs offered in schools, at libraries and other community centers in your hometown.
Here are some examples of programs and events happening in Mozilla Hive Learning cities across North America:
Hive Kansas City:
Hive Bay Area:
You can find even more Hour of Code events across the world here.
We hope you have an opportunity to spend at least one hour between Dec. 8th and 12th to learn something new or help someone else gain useful new skills. If you do, be sure to apply for your Web Literacy Skill Share badge, and show us what you’ve made using the #hourofcode and #webmaker hashtags.
This post originally appeared at the Webmaker blog.