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Hour of Code

Hello Experts!

Did you know that fewer than half of all schools teach computer science? Organizations like Code.org are on their way to change this, and we're getting involved through Hour of Code. More than 100 million students have been exposed to computer science because of this campaign.

With the Hour of Code, computer science has been on homepages of Google, MSN, Yahoo! and Disney. Over 100 partners have joined together to support this movement. Every Apple Store in the world has hosted an Hour of Code, and President Obama wrote his first line of code as part of the campaign.

This year, let's make it even bigger. Experts Exchange is proud to announce that it will be volunteering at a local elementary school, and I’m asking you to join in for the Hour of Code 2016. Please get involved with an Hour of Code event during Computer Science Education Week, December 5-11. You can learn more about Hour of Code at hourofcode.com

There are several ways to get involved. You can sign up to be a volunteer in your area, meaning that teachers will reach out and bring you in to help with their event, you can host an event of your own, or simply help to spread the word.

We're excited to be a part of this movement, and hope that you'll get involved as well!  Check out the tutorials here, they're pretty fun :)

Please let me know if you have any questions, and be sure to let us know if you are participating this year!
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Jaime Lewis2016-12-01 08:15 AMID: 1953022
@serialband You are correct that it is merely an introduction meant to spark the curiosity that will carry some kids through more advanced courses, as most children aren't exposed to any aspect of coding while in school. My seven year old tried one of the courses and immediately wanted to complete the rest of the "games" on the site. I for one am very excited to share this stuff with the kids in our community!
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serialband2016-12-01 11:09 AMID: 1953053
Sorry, my response wasn't meant to denigrate the efforts.  I'm just pointing out that the schools are still lacking in skilled educators and if you really want your child to learn more, you really have to outsource/pay for training, unless you're already in the field and can teach them yourself.

You can introduce your 7 y.o. to Scratch.  https://scratch.mit.edu/  It's a very easy starter for someone in K-5.  They can download the shared submissions and alter them.  Once he or she is tired of Scratch, then http://www.learnpython.org/ and https://www.codecademy.com/learn/learn-java Python and Java will actually be much more useful.  Scratch is very limited and is a very basic introduction.

Vocabulary is just as important as logic, so http://freerice.com/  and http://www.wordlywise3000.com/
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also....there is another failure here in the UK, based at University in the Department of Computer Science - I have first hand experience...

our intake of 300+ students every year (aged 18+), they cannot do Mathematics, and they struggle to complete Computer Science programming, and many leave, because they complain it is too difficult!

So we have to put them (most) in Year 0 Foundation, to bring them up to Degree Level, because Schools have failed them at A Level!

LittleBits and .Net Gadgeteer have some kewl stuff for 7 year olds...
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serialband2016-12-01 07:48 PMID: 1953172
That's not just the UK.   They also have remedial classes here that teach MIT Scratch, designed for little children, as the foundation "programming" class as the 1st university level course.  They also have a class where students take apart old, donated hardware and have the teaching assistant describes the function of the parts.  They don't even attempt to put them back together in working order.  They throw out all the parts, disassembled and destroyed.  Anyone can break things.  The trick is to put them back in working order.  These types of classes didn't exist long ago.  They're just many more inexperienced students going into CS these days for the perceived monetary gain.
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Barry Cunney2016-12-08 02:03 AMID: 1954423
Just an interesting snippet from my side:
A professor from St Louis University in Missouri has translated coding material into Irish(Gaelic) for Hour of Code 2016.
So here in Ireland, Irish speaking children can take advantage of this - it is  a great initiative.

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Jaime Lewis2016-12-08 07:07 AMID: 1954460
That's awesome, Barry! Sounds like a fun challenge.