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Looking Back at Computer Science Education Week

Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is an annual event dedicated to showing K-12 students the importance of computer science education. One of this year’s CSEdWeek, held December 9th-15th, initiatives is called “An Hour of Code”.

An Hour of Code is “a one-hour introduction to computer sciences, designed to demystify ‘code’ and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, an innovator.” (source)

Schools across Missouri shared coding skills and opportunities with their students. This tweet from Washington High School is one example:

How It Works
CSEdWeek has created dozens of self-guided tutorials that can be used from a laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

One of the best parts of CSEdWeek? Kids with limited or no Internet can still learn the basics of code using its unplugged tutorials.

Grace Hopper: Computer Pioneer

CSEdWeek honors the birthdate of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper.Admiral Hopper was a pioneer in computer science, and was a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy.

Admiral Hopper was one of the first programmers to work on the Harvard Mark I computer.

She’s credited with coining the phrase “debugging” glitches in software, and a Naval destroyer, the USS Hopper, was named for her.

Self-Guided Digital Tutorials

Tutorials for Beginners Include:
“Write your first computer program”, “Create a holiday card”, “Build your own game”, and “Lightbot”.

JavaScript Tutorials Include:
“An introduction to JavaScript”, “Codecademy”, “Learn to Code with Karel the Dog”, and “Learn to code a JavaScript quiz game”.

Other Tutorials:
Other tutorials teach kids about Python programming, programming in the context of visual arts, programming and robots, and iPhone game development. There’s even a suite of tutorials that teaches students to build and share apps for mobile devices.

Famous Faces!
Tutorials include videos starring Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey (a St. Louis, Missouri native),, Chris Bosh, Tony Hsieh, and other innovators.

Unplugged Tutorials for Classrooms Without Computers

My Robotic Friends:
This group activity uses pre-defined “robot vocabulary”, teaching kids the connection between symbols and actions.

These tutorials can be used on PCs with slow (or non-existent) Internet access.

Binary Baubles:
Teaches students to think about letters in binary

fuzzFamily Frenzy:
This partner game introduces programming logic to kids using paper and pencil.

Are you excited about An Hour of Code?
Here’s how you can promote it online, in your community, or in your school. Want to inspire your students? Share these videos or use these posters in your classroom.

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