Plan Your Hour of Code 3 – 9 December and join the global event

Hour of Code

Anyone anywhere can organise an ‘Hour of Code™’ event with the huge range of resources and activities available for free on the website. Hour of Code is a week-long celebration of computer science. Choose an hour in the week of December 3-9, choose one or more projects, and get coding!

Computer Science Education Week

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Students code the NAO robot on a State Library of Queensland visit to Western Downs.

‘Hour of Code’ is a global initiative by Computer Science Education [] and [] reaching tens of millions of students in more than 180 countries. The Hour of Code 2018 is held annually during Computer Science Education Week 3-9 December.

The event is designed to demystify “code” and show how easy it is to learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. Students are encouraged to learn computer science to help nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity.

Tutorials and activities for all ages

Organisers can visit the website to find a wide range of tutorials and activities to suit everyone from 4–104!  Select a course from headings such as Pre-readers, Grades 2-5; Grade 6 -8 and limit by topics such as Science, Maths; Art, Media Music; Robotics and circuits or just simply Computer Science only! Choose an activity that suits you.

Girl using iPad next to adult

Kids get into coding and computers at The Corner at State Library

Activities for any device

The campaign is supported by over 400 partners and 200,000 educators worldwide including Amazon, Google and Microsoft. There are tutorials that work on PCs, smartphones, tablets, and some that require no computer at all! You can join wherever you are, with whatever device you have.

How do I participate?

The how to run your event guide can help you plan an event at your school, community or library. There are others for parents, teachers, volunteers and more. The promotion resources include stickers for participants. There is a certificates page and special certificates for students doing the Minecraft tutorial. On Facebook and Twitter, share your plans, announce your events, and post pictures using the hashtag #HourOfCode

Register your event now

More than 99,000 events are already registered with over 1,000 events planned around Australia. Register your event before the day.

State Library of Queensland coding resources

The State Library of Queensland Coding and robotics page has links to resources for getting started learning coding and robotics and information on some tools already in use at libraries. Visit the STEAM links page for heaps of useful websites including Code Club of Australia, Code Academy and more.

Man using a laptop. Photo by Alex Kotliarskyi on Unsplash

Find more about coding resources on the State Library webpage. Photo by Alex Kotliarskyi on Unsplash

The Corner Toolkit new coding booklist

The State Library Corner Toolkit has a new Hour of Code booklist you can use in your library or give to library members. Some titles on the booklist include Baby Code by Sandra Horning; Coding in Scratch for Games Made Easy by Jon Woodcock; and Quantum Computing by Chris Ferrie. These titles are selected from the RLQ catalogue.

Join the thousands enjoying the ‘Hour of Code™’ globally on 3 – 9 December or let little coders know about the Hour of Code booklist available now.