December 2019 - Hour of Code
The Hour of Code is a grassroots campaign that started in 2013 to provide hour long introductory experiences to computer science, designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. Hour of Code events typically take place during Computer Science Education Week, celebrated each year around American computer scientist and United States Navy rear admiral Grace Hopper’s Birthday, Dec. 9. Hour of Code has become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. It was created by Hadi and Ali Partovi to give children worldwide the opportunity to try coding and have now helped over 800 million people try to code. There are many different levels and topics to learn, truly making the event open to everyone.
This year Indiana 4-H hosted an Hour of Code on the West Lafayette campus of Purdue University on Dec. 10th.While the event was designed as an open-house style event where youth could use Chromebooks to code as long as they wanted, most of the 27 young people who participated stayed the entire three hours we made available.