Celebrating Computer Science Education Week with Hour of Code

This week, students around the globe are dropping their pencils and picking up their iPads and laptops in order to celebrate Computer Science Education Week. During the event, students are encouraged to explore the basics of computer science, an endeavor that may help close the gender gap by encouraging the idea that coding is for everyone.

Computer Science Education Week (also abbreviated CSEdWeek), is a grassroots campaign supported by hundreds of partners and over 100,000 educators worldwide. Founded seven years ago, CSEdWeek was created in order to “elevate computer science education” and “to underscore the critical role of computing in all careers.” CSEdWeek has been hosted and organized by Code.org, although the idea was originally conceived by the Computing in the Core coalition.

Annually, CSEdWeek has been held in early December to honor the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906). This year, CSEdWeek will be held from December 5th to the 11th.

One of CSEdWeek’s biggest proponents is Hour of Code, a global movement dedicated to organizing hour-long coding events for individuals from ages 4 to 104. Each December during CSEdWeek, Hour of Code launches their biggest event: The Hour of Code.

Originally intended to provide hour-long introductions to coding, Hour of Code has grown into a worldwide effort to “celebrate computer science.” Now, the Hour of Code website offers tutorial videos and activities on how to host your very own Hour of Code event.

So, how exactly are teachers celebrating the #HourOfCode? Here are a few snapshots from classrooms around the country:

Jocelyn Bermudez

Jocelyn Bermudez

Jocelyn is a freelance writer originally from sunny South Florida, where she was the Managing Editor of Axis Creative Arts Magazine and a Senior Academic Mentor at United Mentors. She is currently a student at Emerson College, where she spends her time refining her writing skills when she isn’t preparing for the famous New England winters.