Computer Science Education Week, December 9-15, 2013

Posted by on December 7, 2013 in Events, Professional Development | Comments Off on Computer Science Education Week, December 9-15, 2013

Computer Science Education Week  and Code.org nationwide “Hour of Code” initiative asks schools, teachers and parents across the country to help introduce more than 10 million students of all ages to computer programming during Computer Science Education Week, December 9-15, 2013. The Hour of Code is a nationwide initiative organized by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org to introduce computer science to students and encourage them to learn programming. During Computer Science Education Week, December 9-15, students, teachers, parents, clubs and communities across the country are organizing Hour of Code events, where students will learn computer programming in one hour.

Tynker , a leading education startup that enables schools, teachers and parents to help children learn how to code, announced 8 free interactive tutorials for students in grades 1-3 and grades 4-8 in support of the Hour of Code. Tynker has built its new Hour of Code tutorials with a view to inspire and motivate beginning programmers—children who know nothing about programming and are perhaps wary of it. Tynker’s visual coding blocks make it easy for children to drag and drop blocks of code to create simple games, stories, animations, and more—a great way to demystify the concept of programming and provide early successes.

The Tynker Hour of Code tutorials have been created for two categories of learners—students in grades 1-3 and grades 4-8. Kids get to solve a series of graphical puzzles where they look for clues in the visual blocks provided and connect them in the right sequence to complete a task. Since Tynker tutorials are completely visual, there is no programming syntax to learn. Tynker’s 8 free new Hour of Code tutorials include:

  •     Puppy Adventure Mini—a Beginner coding puzzle;
  •     Maze Craze—a Beginner maze game;
  •     Puppy Play Time—a free play activity for Beginners;
  •     Lost in Space—a Beginner coding puzzle;
  •     Sketch Racer—an Intermediate coding puzzle;
  •     Space Zombies—an Intermediate Build-a-Game tutorial;
  •     Puppy Adventure Complete—an Intermediate puzzle and debugging tutorial; and
  •     Math Art—an Intermediate tutorial to learn how to program to draw shapes.

Read more about Tynker’s Hour of Code tutorials here.

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